Monday, July 8, 2013

Mourning Cloak for a Monday Morning

Lots of life for a Monday morning after the 4th of July hiatus.  Two turkeys in the front yard, a snake trying to fit in a crevice in our retaining wall, a colony of ants swarming the ant bait by the front door,

 and this butterfly hanging upside down on a window screen upstairs.  It closed its wings as I snapped a picture.

 I found a description here with much better pictures than I was able to get.  I think Mourning Cloak is just right.


  1. Wow. Such a timely visit from that particular butterfly. I think God sent it ... to communicate in a personal and creative way that He understands/knows/sees/has not forgotten you in your grief ... I'm reminded of Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV) and encouraged by it. Hoping you will be too:

    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
    2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
    to comfort all who mourn,
    3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
    to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
    and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
    They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

  2. Indeed. The unusual snake I don't know....