The front yard flowers are bursting into bloom and the butterflies are beginning to make an appearance.
This female Swallowtail stopped by the other day and spent a good bit of time sipping sweetness from the aptly named Butterfly Bush.
Tiger Swallowtails often bear vibrant yellow and black markings, but the females also come in a black-morph (or dark-morph) variety – like this lovely lady.
She leisurely flitted from one blossom to another, with no competition for the nectar save for a couple of bees.
There is something so wonderful – dare I say worshipful – about standing outside and witnessing such beauty. It reminds me of a quote I read just this morning which said, “A wonder-filled life is grateful attentiveness to the awe in our ordinary.” (Glorious Weakness by Alia Joy) I find both that sentence and that sentiment worth savoring!
Seriously though – just pause for a moment and really take in how magnificent she is. It makes me wonder – if the creation is this glorious, how much more glorious must the Creator be?!
Eventually, this beauty departed, probably off to sample from flowers in another yard…
…and I headed back inside with a happy heart, grateful for the stillness and the chance to nourish my soul.