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A little story, about a tiny white butterfly, who brought BIG hope…

A little story, about a tiny white butterfly, who brought big hope…

Did a Butterfly save two Miners’ lives in Chile?

“In the countryside, our grandfathers, who were peasant farmers, knew it was a good omen to come across a white animal in the dark of night”

The white butterfly who appeared to guide two fortunate Chilean miners to safety, became a symbol of faith, a heaven-sent angel, for those praying for their loved ones still trapped in a collapsed mine. As the confined miners and their concerned families awaited a rescue, they could hold on to the Wings of Hope provided by this tiny bright flier.

(click on the white butterfly for the full CNN story)


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Lookin’ For Love in All The Wrong Species… Of Milkweeds and Monarchs

I took a stroll through a local nature reserve and found myself being courted by this handsome male monarch.

At first he seemed like the shy and lonely type, as he circled me from afar, drifting alone on the quiet afternoon breeze.

Pink n’ plush Indian Milkweed helped set the mood, softening the landscape with billows of sweet and creamy cotton candy blossoms.

Gathering his courage the brave king of the butterflies flew in closer, alighting upon a lovely coneflower. He spread his wings and basked proudly, as if to eclipse it’s beauty.

This was such a majestic display and there may have even been a little romance, had I been a female monarch! Sorry fella. Thanks for the memories, but you had better fly off now and look for love in some other faces, starting with your own species! KD

Ascelias eriocarpa is a species of milkweed known by the common names of Woollypod Milkweed, Indian Milkweed and Kotolo. It is native to California and adjacent parts of Neveda and Baja California. It grows in many habitat types but thrives in sunny, dry areas. The female Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) uses this plant as a host and the males of this species can often be found fluttering around it “looking for love”…

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Butterfly Quotes

I am fortunate enough to have a dear friend that is not only a talented and creative writer, but also my business partner in Obsession With Butterflies.  She is a kind gentle soul and lover of butterflies like myself.  Please enjoy some of my friend, Kristen D’Angelo’s butterfly quotes, along with a collection of my other favorite butterfly quotes and sayings.


Nevermore will a flying flower drift by you unnoticed
~K. D’Angelo

Butterflies are kisses blown by Angels  ~K. D’Angelo

Divine creation can be seen painted on the canvas of a butterfly’s wing ~ K. D’Angelo

No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it
~K. D’Angelo

Butterflies are a breath of beauty fluttering by, they are mystery chronicled upon wing, they bring forth the grace and wonder of this world to our eyes everyday
~K. D’Angelo

Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul
~K. D’Angelo

Peace dwells on wings of butterflies ~K. D’Angelo

A minute spec of life is set upon a leaf, out crawls a miracle a butterfly to be
~K. D’Angelo

Master magician, munching to and fro, a caterpillar works illusions til’ the end of his show
~K. D’Angelo

A self made sanctuary, a place for change and growth, a chrysalis is created in anticipation of both
~K. D’Angelo

Love, as the fluttering wing, is a graceful movement of the heart
~K. D’Angelo

Butterflies are God’s confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of His love
~K. D’Angelo

Mother of Pearl ButterflyButterflies dance on the whisper’s of romance, alight upon their wings sun-kissed, joyfully soaring into Loves’s sweet bliss
~K. D’Angelo

Tremendous beauty can be found in the tiniest of things… for who has ever thought to rival that of a butterfly’s wing
~K. D’Angelo

All over the world butterflies soar into the hearts of man, they sail boundless and free, speaking the universal language of beauty
~K. D’Angelo

Butterfly flutters tickle the drowsy heart, awakening imaginations, curiosities, wonders and dreams. Where will you fly once touched by a Butterfly’s wing?
~K. D’Angelo

You are to me, as a butterfly to a flower
~K. D’Angelo

Soar like the spirited Butterfly, who is as passionate upon tattered wing, as she was on her maiden flight ~K. D’Angelo

Never-ending rays of long summer days, violet meadows serene, butterfly’s dream ~K. D’Angelo

One could spend a lifetime lost in a butterfly’s wing
~K. D’Angelo

Oh, gentle spirit, fly free on wings of grace… rise beyond sunset skies into the dawns of paradise ~K. D’Angelo

Life is a fleeting butterfly ~K. D’Angelo

and now some of my other favorites…

Two great things you can give your children: one is roots, the other is wings
~Hodding Carter

Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves
~Drew Barrymore

One can never consent to creep, when one feels an impulse to soar
~Helen Keller

The butterflies…What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet,

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if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss
~Phil Robinson

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

His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred
~Ernest Hemingway

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man
~Zhuangzi

I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar
~Robert Wyatt

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly
~Richard Buckminster Fuller

Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis, and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust?
~Max Muller

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to t

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he sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine
~Jeffrey Glassberg

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
~Hans Christian Anderson

A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly
~Andre Gide

Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time
~Deborah Chaskin

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough
~Rabindranath Tagore

Kristen is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and social worker.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her writing, Kristen is an active member of the Orange County Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) and my business partner in Obsession With Butterflies.  – Vickie Cole

Kristen D’Angelo

If you’ve enjoyed Kristen’s quotes, please explore some of her others writings: The Butterfly Dimension– A Butterflies World, Butterfly Dreamin’ – Butterfly Gardening in Southern California and How to How to Photograph Butterflies – Capturing the Beauty of Butterflies.  Kristen’s heartfelt writings have recently been produced as a magical children’s lullaby Album, Butterfly Dream with a bedtime story book to follow soon.

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Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour 2010

Tour 39 of Orange County’s  most incredible gardens in full bloom, May 1st and May 2nd from 10:00am to 5:p00 pm

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Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour

Each of these gardeners has generously consented to share their passion for gardening with us and I urge you to attend as many of the gardens on the tour as you can.

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Bleeding Heart

A bit of history about the Mary Lou Heard: In 1985, Mary Lou Heard opened Heard’s Country Garden Nursery, a magical nursery tucked away on a seldom traveled road in Westminster, California. The gardens were full of unique and often old fashioned annuals and perennials such as “Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate”, “Bleeding Heart” and “Four O’Clocks”. These, along with whimsical garden art, English and old garden roses, scented geraniums, herbs, vines and small trees made the nursery a delightful and special place to visit. In the center of the pebble-dusted paths was a small quaint old wooden “cottage” filled with gifts, books, potpourris and small bags of the finest organic fertilizers available. In the far back of the garden was another old wooden building, it too, filled with antiques, gifts and more home décor….it was for me, a gardeners’ shabby chic shopping heaven.

In 1993 Mary Lou came up with the notion of a garden tour, “real gardens by real people”. This is a self-guided tour, where you drive from home to home at your leisure to view the gardens.  The Heard’s Garden Tour was an instant success, bringing in over 800 garden lovers the first year and in later years, drawing in thousands of visitors. In 2000 Mary Lou Heard was diagnosed with cancer and two years later she would close her beloved nursery, and in her final Heard’s Country Garden Newsletter she wrote. “Though there are still many more gardens in my heat that have to be planted – the body is calling for a rest. Saying good-bye is the hardest thing I have had to do.”

The annual garden tour continues today, thanks to the Mary Lou Heard Foundation.

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar Munching on Fennel

For those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Mary Lou Heard, this memorial garden tour holds a special place in our hearts. And for me, it’s especially significant, because it was at Heards Country Gardens Nursery, where I found my passion, butterfly gardening! Immediately upon attending a butterfly gardening class at the nursery, I was forever obsessed with butterflies. I was so fascinated with every detail of the butterfly class, taking notes and asking questions, that I could hardly wait to get home and start “gardening for the benefit of butterflies” myself. I especially remembered waiting in line to purchase a chrysalis from the teacher, Cathy, the “Butterfly Lady”, but to my disappointment, by the time I made my way to the front of the line, Cathy was out of butterfly chrysalises. She did however have a couple of caterpillars, and upon assuring her I was growing pesticide free fennel in my garden, she sold me one of her Anise Swallowtail caterpillars. I ever so carefully took it home, fed it, fretted over it, until finally that memorable day came when my Anise Swallowtail Butterfly emerged from it’s chrysalis, I knew I was hooked.

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Wood’s Wildlife Wonder

This story brings me to tell you about one of the gardens on the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, it’s at the home of Helen and Ken Wood. The “Wood’s Wildlife Wonder” is filled with plants and trees selected to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Helen is a master gardener, her garden is certified as a  North American Butterfly Association certified butterfly garden, Monarch Way-station and Native Habitat. Last summer I had the pleasure of attending a “butterfly tea” at her home and was amazed at the number of butterflies visiting her garden. If you live in the Orange County area, I urge you to take the Heard’s Garden Tour, and don’t miss stopping by the Woods Garden, I’m sure Helen would be happy to talk to your about butterfly gardening. Be sure to bring your camera!

Mary Lou introduced me to the world of butterfly gardening,  I hope to inspire others to take the tour and begin gardening for the benefit of butterflies. ~Vickie

For a list of gardens on the 2010 tour, visit heardsgardentour.com

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I Saw A Little Butterfly…

I SAW A LITTLE BUTTERFLY

I saw a little butterfly flying atop.

I said, “Please, Mr. Butterfly, won’t you stop”.

He flapped his bright wings and had no word to say.

And before I could get near him, he fluttered away!


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How to Photograph Butterflies…

Capturing the Beauty of Butterflies

One could spend a lifetime lost in a butterfly’s wing- K. D’Angelo

As you set out to photograph butterflies, whether it is in your own backyard or out in the field, the number one rule to remember is that there are no rules, save to enjoy yourself and to delight in your subject!

More important than any equipment, setting or technique is the photographer’s desire to capture and share their passion for nature. The best images are those which reflect the beauty that the eye of the photographer sees.

To learn more about photographing butterflies visit

OWB’s Photography Page

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Snowflower

Snowflower

A perfect snowflake falls
Gently descending
Into a journey unending

It begins by
Waking to a dream
Of melting into stream

Then travels
As rainbow mist
Of waterfall color kissed

Only to rise again
A cloud cast night
Cloaking the moon’s soft light

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Once more
Transformed anew
Sails to earth a drop of dew

Nurturer now
Of seedlings sought
By sweet sunflowers it is caught

Bright yellow blooms
Spring from the ground
Life for those who flutter round

In full circle
Creation is shown
Divine harmony known

Soaring upwards
Towards the heavens high
Blissful as a Butterfly

© Kristen D’Angelo

I am grateful for the endless skies, I am thankful for the Butterflies!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! KD


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Predator and Prey… The Spooky Side of Butterflies

In the Spirit of Halloween, macabre moments, creepy encounters & spooky sightings…

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Little Miss Skipper sat on Verbena sipping nectar all day

Along came a Spider

Along came a Spider who built a web beside her

female & male Argiope sp. Spider w skipper

And stole Miss Skipper away...

Little Miss Muffet was a small girl whose name was Patience Muffet. Her stepfather, Dr. Muffet (1553-1604), was a famous entomologist who wrote the first scientific catalogue of British Insects. Whilst eating her breakfast of curds and whey, Little Miss Muffet was frighted by one of his spiders and ran away!

Guess She didn’t want to Skip her meal…

Muahahahahaha

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