Awe in the Ordinary

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.




About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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14 Responses to Awe in the Ordinary

  1. DailyMusings says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen a butterfly captured in flight. How beautiful!

  2. Mama Duck says:

    Magnificent indeed!!🙌🏻 Beautiful photos.

  3. Jodi says:

    the awe in the ordinary indeed! the best beauty!!

  4. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow!! Such amazing beauty!! ❤️

  5. Pete Hillman says:

    They are fabulous Kathy!

  6. M.B. Henry says:

    Just gorgeous pictures!

  7. Mags says:

    And to not only stand outside and witness such beauty but to capture it like you did in these terrific captures is amazing. Hugs

  8. susurrus says:

    Lovely pictures and inspirational words.

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