Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sleeping Well and Pillar Place recap

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. ~ Vita Sackville-West

I was flat out exhausted last night -- I think not getting enough sleep lately finally caught up with me. I was in bed before my DD, head hit the pillow at 7:30 pm, woke up once when DH came to bed (it's always the kitty scramble...the cat usually sleeps on DH's side until he comes to bed, then runs across me and snuggles against my chest), crashed and didn't wake up until just before 4 a.m.! That was good.

I'm a new woman.

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I'm still hard at work on edits. I need to have Liv's story done by mid-Oct, and I want to have "A Change of Heart" done by the end so I can, yes, do NaNo!

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And now... finally... pictures of Pillar Place!

This is the first set of Monarchs we raised. I learned my lesson, though, and now they all get their own container so I don't have to worry about jostling new chrysalis's if someone needs food or is ready to hatch (like the black one in the back).



Here's one of the first batch, hanging out with the DD. She was a great encouragement for them to fly!


Here's a little of the scene from two days ago -- a flock of butterflies!



And ... amazingly, I managed to catch one just emerging from it's chrysalis AND the pictures came out pretty well:





I'm amazed at how crumpled and small their wings are when they first emerge -- but check out the big, fat behind on that critter! Apparently it's full of the fluid it needs to pump up its wings. After only a few moments, the rump is normal sized and the wings, although still soggy, are full-sized.



Although we still have two butterbabies to hatch... I'll probably not mention it. Consider this the season finale of Pillar Place. Tune in next May for the season premiere -- when the three over-wintering Swallowtail babies Jill, Rose and Martin, will hatch!

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8 comments:

anno said...

Amazing pictures! Beautiful butterflies! DD must have loved this project...

Allie Boniface said...

Oh, I LOVE the pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

Dru said...

WOW, nature at its best! Thanks for sharing those awesome pictures.

I'm a Common Sulfur

But this doesn't mean you're ordinary! To you life is all about having fun! Your friends love you because you can always make them smile.


I hope you have a good Sunday.

Diane Craver said...

I'm glad you finally got some sleep! That's exciting you're doing edits now for your Samhain book. Butterfly photos are very cool.

I can leave comments from my desktop computer now but not laptop.

Have a great Sunday!

Tori Lennox said...

Fabulous pictures!!!

Brandy said...

Your pictures are fabulous! What a wonderful experience for DD this year!

Glad you finally got some rest and hope you continue to feel well!

Rebecca said...

It's funny - becuase I was just looking at a butterfly in my garden and remebering how I used to keep them in a box in my bedroom and breed them when I was a little girl.....and I was trying to remember how to do it. And then I arrived at your blog....

Sarita Leone said...

I LOVE these pix! What an amazing project for your daughter--she must have loved watching this whole process unfold. Just gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing these with us. :)