Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Flowers in Flight

I only ask to be free.
The butterflies are free.
~Charles Dickens

Butterflies are self propelled flowers. ~R.H. Heinlein

The caterpillar does all the work,
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
~Attributed to George Carlin

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
The Master calls a butterfly.
~Richard Bach

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"

The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp, but which,
if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed, I know not if you sleep or feed.

How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"

Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.
~Author Unknown

Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers,
mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.
~ Elizabeth Goudge

5 comments:

C. M. Designs said...

Beautiful flowers, butterflies and words Janie.
Have a beautiful day.
Sincerely, Charlotte

Dorothy said...

You KNOW that I like this post! Beautiful photography and quotes!!!!!

racheld said...

Simply stunning, Janie!

And with perfectly chosen imagery.

Carolyn said...

These photos are amazing! Butterflies are so hard for me to capture. Are these from your yard? The flowers are beautiful...words are aptly written to go along with.
Carolyn

Churaipon said...

Thank you for all beautiful photos and wonderful poems. They all remind me of God's Gallery! Thank you for taking me to it today, and also remind me so much of your encouragement concerning the 'On Becoming a Butterfly!' God bless.

Love from Thailand,
Churaipon