Sunday, September 14, 2008

Butterfly Dance

My computer desk is on the second floor over looking the flower garden. Look at what I was lucky enough to view out the window one day while perched high above.

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Now a Poem by Skeeter: and not Henry Gibson

Upon our wings we take flight.

We join our friends for pure delight.

We fly, float and flutter with all our might.

For In the Garden with color so bright...

The best I could tell, there were 8 of these quick movers that day. Not sure how many I captured in the same shot. Can you count them? They are moving way too quickly for me. We need the Count from Sesame Street to count them for us...

Here is a second video I captured of the flutterbugs busy doing their thing...

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Another Poem by Skeeter:and not Henry Gibson

In the heat of the day, they congregate to take a stance.

With eyes upon them, they begin to prance.

I had to stop my work for more than a glance.

Once again, the troupe performed, a wonderful dance...

I am not sure if the butterflies were fighting, courting or what was going on with them but they gave me quite a show for hours. I was finding it difficult working on the computer as my eyes were drawn to the distraction of their BUTTERFLY DANCE, In the Garden...

26 comments:

  1. Oh Skeeter, how delightful! Thanks for that.

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  2. Ditto Frances! That is really neat. I have never seen butterflies do that before. And it was great you could take the time to notice it-even from the second floor. I can't count them at all so I'll take your word for eight:) Very nice. I like your poetry too. I have been trying for about a month to get a haiku with no success:( so TWO poems are super!

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  3. Good Morning Frances and Tina... The butterflies went on like that for hours that one day. I wish I knew what this dancing type fluttering meant to them. I was captivated by them. I zoomed the camera lens into them from the window above so not the best of filming. I must get my cam-corder repaired. Never take a digital Cam-corder to the beach as the salt air will kill the things. Did mine... argggg...

    Tina, I am not a poet but do like to make little rhymes with simple rhyming words. Not sure I could write Haiku though...

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  4. You did an excellent job capturing the dance.

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  5. Fantastic videos of the dancing butterflies Skeeter. That would distract me too. ;) The poetry is so creative too.

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  6. Perennial gardener, it was ever so distracting to the eye. But a great distraction!

    Thanks Tina...

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  7. Those are some very active butterflies!

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  8. A video is what is needed to capture their beauty. Good job.

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  9. How lucky are you Skeeter! What a beautiful video to get! I think they were courting 'cept the one who stayed on the flower eating! He was hungry to ignore all that!

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  10. That's a great video! Wow! You really captured some amazing behavior in those butterflies.

    I think they are either pipevine swallowtails or spicebush swallowtails.

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  11. Dave, Our yard is full of butterfly activity! Verbena, Lantana and Butterfly bush are the most common treats for them...

    Mother Nature, thanks, I only wish it were a bit clearer. Oh well, you get the idea anyway. It was a magical moment for me to capture them on film even if a bit blurry…

    Dawn, yep, the one was too busy eating rather then playing... tee hee...

    Parsec, The Spicebush, Pipevine and Black swallowtails (all of which we have) are a bit difficult to identify without being closer so I am not sure which these beauties were dancing for me.

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  12. Loved the vids and the poems! I counted at least six.

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  13. Poetry in motion! I would love to add video to my blog. (Sigh!) If only I had a digital video camera.

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  14. TC, Good count! I think that I was able to capture at least 6 but I did see at least 8 and maybe even more that day. It was a bit dizzying following them with my eyes…

    Walk2Write, Ah, Poetry in motion! I like that... You should invest in a digital camera. The prices have dropped quit a bit since their first appearances… Most all cameras have this video feature. Just look on the dial at the top of camera for movie setting. And read the owners manual as it is really simple...

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  15. I really enjoyed those videos. I'm looking out and seeing nothing but rain. The videos and poems cheered me up.
    Marnie

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  16. Skeeter, I've come a long way with the digital camera since we bought it three (yes, three) years ago. I just don't know if I'm ready for all of those fancy features yet. I think there may be some Luddite family history to blame or maybe it's from being dropped on my head when I was little. ;>}

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  17. great captures Skeeter! They sure are busy, and beautiful.

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  18. Wow, great dance you have captured for us to all enjoy.

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  19. Marnie, Glad to cheer you up! You could cheer me up by sending some of that rain my way... lol

    Walk2Write, You are funny... Video is simple as can be. Just turn the dial to video and push the picture button to start then push again to stop. Simple as that or I could not do it. lol...

    Garden Girl, they sure were busy. I really do wonder what they were doing... Hummm, I will stick with dancing as that is a fun thing to do when in a good mood and we should all be in good moods. So dancing it is...

    Jean, thanks. I hope you had a fun girl’s time out...

    I hope everyone had a nice weekend. One more day of mid 90 heat and humidity then we are set for fall temps. Yeah, I am looking forward to low humidity…

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  20. Wonderful video...what a delight to have so many dancers at your party.
    Lots of eggs are going to show up out in the garden, with caterpillars and more butterflies in the future.

    gail

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  21. Great post Skeeter. I enjoyed it all---great video, super poetry. I like to watch the butterflies doing their antics. So graceful.

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  22. So many butterflies! Loved the dance...and enjoyed your poetry. Beautiful lines.

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  23. Gail, I will be looking for many more dancers in the months and years to follow...

    Lola, thanks, I am not a poet but do know how to rhyme.. tee hee...

    Kanak hagjer, the dance was wonderful to observe even though I had no idea what they were doing. We have many different types of butterflies in the garden and enjoy them all.

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  25. the video was fascinating. great poetry added made it all that more enjoyable.

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  26. Thanks Marmee... It was so much fun to watch the flutterbugs dancing away...

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