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Welcome to daily nature photo and creative writing blog, #NewThisDay

Welcome to my daily nature photo blog

Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

Monarch Butterfly Wing this morning

Monarch Butterfly Wing this morning

Late yesterday afternoon, walking the Garden at Elm Bank in Wellesley, I chased a monarch butterfly among the blooms for a picture. I spent some moments trying to get a good one, but I wasn't satisfied with the fading light and eventually both the monarch and I moved on. This morning, I was walking in Rocky Narrows woods listening to a Radio Open Source podcast with Christopher Lydon about the poetry of John Ashbery, when I looked down on the path, and there was a single monarch butterfly wing resting on the pine needles. When I returned home, I looked through yesterday's pictures from Elm Bank and found one I liked after all. I don't usually post day old pictures, but I made the exception today: perhaps it is my attempt to put the broken back together again.

It’s this crazy weather we’ve been having:
Falling forward one minute, lying down the next
Among the loose grasses and soft, white, nameless flowers. . .
— Excerpt From "Crazy Weather," John Ashbery

You can read the rest of the poem here.

Yesterday's Butterfly, Elm Bank

Yesterday's Butterfly, Elm Bank

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2017