April 21, 2010
Volume 6 - issue 16

Today's Photos -

monarch butterfly in chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly in Chrysalis
(on right side occupying 3/4 of the vertical space)

chrysalis on potted plant

Plant on which caterpillar had attached itself
(Look closely at upper left side of plant.)


monarch butterfly emerged from chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly Emerged from Chrysalis - next day
Photo Courtesy of Sheldon Rosin

Today's Photos' Story -
This Saturday I am leading a Photography Walk and Workshop for a small group of members of the South Florida chapter of Events and Adventures. Last week I visited Tropic Plants of Tamarac, FL, the location where we will be photographing prior to going to another spot for the sharing-plus workshop.

Sheldon Rosin, the artist/owner, was a delight to experience. He shared a wealth of information and creativity. One of the absolute highlights, for me, of last week's adventure was Sheldon's pointing out the chrysalis that a Monarch caterpillar had created, attaching itself to one of the plants up in front of the nursery. My excitement with this experience had resulting photographs become today's feature in Picture to Ponder.

The descriptions under each photo are self-explanatory. I included the middle one for "informational" purposes, rather than aesthetic. Then, since I wanted to see the resulting butterfly, I'm assuming you might have the same curiosity.

Thus, for the second time in Picture to Ponder, I am breaking tradition* and including a photograph other than mine or Sam's**. Sheldon very graciously forwarded me photos he took after the butterfly emerged the next day and was drying its wings.

Also, in going to Google for more information on the whole process, I discovered a number of fascinating YouTube videos. To see a speeded up version of caterpillar to chrysalis, check Monarch Chrysalis. I also found a wonderful site, full of easy-to-read information. See The Monarch Butterfly.

*The first break in my "exclusivity" policy can be found on the Blog, where I've included 8-year old Toby Garver's beautiful tulip photos. See Toby's Tulips. You're in for a treat and several queries. I will most likely revisit it in a future issue of Picture to Ponder.

**(For those new to Picture to Ponder, Sam was my beloved husband who passed away in November 2007. You can see wonderful Black & White Photography on B&W PHOTOS.)

Self-Reflecting Queries -
As I researched on Google and saw photos of other pupa/chrysalis in a group, I recalled that I had seen them before in Butterfly World, Pompano Beach, FL. Being part of a crowd, the full beauty of the individual pupa had not had the same impact on me and I don't recall having seen the butterfly within the chrysalis itself.

Now to you - Once again, I invite you to look in your life.

Are there places where you are allowing yourself to simply blend in, where you're not letting your beauty shine through?

Are there others in your life who could be, or are, important to you, whom you're simply seeing as a merged part of a whole?

If "yes", to either of these questions, I invite you to pause and look for the uniqueness, the "shine", what excites you in yourself/them, the beauty. Then I invite you to look and see where you can step out, if you made a discovery about yourself. Then take an action.

If someone in a group now stands out, I invite you to ackowledge that person, letting him or her know the contribution of and the beauty you've seen in him/her.

The butterfly life span, I learned from the Monarch Butterfly site is two to six weeks in the first three generations, up to eight months in the fourth generation because there is a lot of migration to do.

What generation are you in? What is your beauty that you can be sharing with world?


As always, have fun with this and please post your comments on the blog.


pink tulip magnet
April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. In acknowledgment, this month I am donating all profits from my Tulip enhanced products (clocks, tiles, boxes, calendars, note cards and more) to the Walk-A-Thon fund - 100% of which goes to Research.


Update on AWAKENED WISDOM - For those interested.
(I'm discovering I enjoy the "game" and thought some of you might also.)

The book did reach Number 1 in spirituality in Canada at 11pm PDT yesterday. Patrick is originally from Canada, so that's exciting. Here's a screen shot of it when it happened. You can see the illustrious company it's in.

The deadline to purchase and receive the 40 bonuses has been extended until the end of Friday. See BOOK, if you haven't yet checked it out and could now be interested.

From an email I received at 9:00 AM today:

Also an amazing Number 3 in self-help in Canada and a ranking in ALL books as high as 29th (which is utterly unheard of!).

Holding right now at 33 (which is equally unheard of)

It also reached Number 2 in US Kindle books in spiritual self-help
So far, it has reached as high as number 18 in the paperback version in the US, and is holding at 20 for some hours now.

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