Sunday, July 15, 2007
Disappointments can turn into Cinderella experiences. . .
I was beginning to think I had missed the butterflies this season. . . but today proved me wrong. Let me back up a little.
After church, I headed over to the storage place to take a few more videos back to my place I am renting temporarily. Found them and headed down a road where I had seen some orange daffodils while traveling to teach Sunday School with a friend. I had wanted to get some photos after Sunday school and church services to share with my internet friends. I never found them! I think I did not walk far enough down the one street. . . I will go back another day this week. That will give me a goal for a day when I don’t know where to go for my walk! I am determined to find that location before the glads beauty fades.
Discouraged, I headed for the bus stop that would take me partly home. Eventually, the bus came; it wasn’t a long wait. The ride seemed too short when it was time to ring for my stop. I grudgingly stepped off the bus and headed the almost two more miles home. At least it wan’t raining! Maybe it would be nicer if it was. . . surely a lot cooler!
I was walking up the long street where they have been doing construction for awhile and won’t be finished for a whole year, all the while being thankful that it is the weekend I didn’t have to dodge big machines AND the traffic while walking on the shoulder of the road since there were no sidewalks. It is not usually a fun walk under these conditions so I was looking for an unusual weed, an interesting structure OR anything to photograph with my digital camera. I have walked this route for two months now. What could be left to make an interesting photo? I know from experience, it makes the walk seem shorter even tho my feet aren’t fooled.
I came upon this beautiful flowering bush/tree hanging over a wall and decided to take a couple closeups of the blooms. I thought, “maybe one day, I will find out what kind of plant it is.” Taking a few steps off the shoulder of the road, I proceeded shooting three or four views and was about to leave when I had a most welcome visitor.
Right there before my lenses was a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly! I got just three opportunities to click my camera before it flitted off to a new adventure. At first, I was a bit disappointed that I could not extend the photo excitement. Then, realizing, I had three more special photos than I had two minutes ago, I hurried home to get them ready to put on my blog and maybe even share with my teacher friends at Tnet.
I think my day was blessed. How about you? AND my feet even stopped hurting!