Saturday, August 30, 2008

Change is...

This monarch caterpillar had been struck with an idea; uncomfortable in its own skin, it turned itself and its life upside down and waited for the inevitable.

By the next morning, the transformation inherent in that idea had begun; in order to gain the wings, the caterpillar had to lose the teeth and the fuzz and let go, trusting the process.

Ten days later found it still waiting, but showing outward signs of the body doing just what it should, unaware perhaps, of any memory of that earlier idea and the life it had shed.

I'd like to think that same intelligence, whatever it is that makes the monarch grow and change and fly, is at work in all of us.

From handsome caterpillar... to jade earring dotted with gold... to the most beautiful mosaic of colors enclosed in the thinnest of skins... to shutter-like wings flaked with fire, waiting on the warmth of the sun. The change complete... beauty to beauty.

A butterfly idea... what could be smaller or more frantic? Or more improbable in the mind of a caterpillar?

Does the butterfly wonder how or why or should I as it readies itself to fly away helter-skelter on new wings?

These pics are from a couple summers ago; I'm just as amazed with the process now as I was then, watching it day to day. Miracles like this play themsleves out everyday all around us. Sometimes we're lucky enough to have a ringside seat. I've not found any monarch cats in the garden since that summer, but this one continues to inspire my dreams for daring in the face of certain change.

12 comments:

Jayne said...

Wow Laura... what a great set of photos... actually seeing the transformation as it happened. Just beautiful.

cedrorum said...

That whole process still amazes me every time I read about it or see it happen. Great pictures.

Ruth said...

I found your blog when you were telling this story two years ago. What a nice post this is, putting the pictures together. You are right...we have the instinctive ability to change and adapt, but our cognitive processes mess us up sometimes.

bobbie said...

It is an awe inspiring process. I never tire of it. Your pictures are beautiful, and your lesson is well learned.

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful series of photographs. It is awe-inspiring no matter how often we see the process.

MojoMan said...

This series was beautiful then and it's beautiful now. I'll think of this when I go outside and see the monarchs and swallowtails flitting around our butterfly bush.

Floridacracker said...

Hey that was great!!

bev said...

That really is a wonderful series of photos, Laura!

Sekhar said...

Thanks for these very rare pics Laura. Life process beautifully captured :)

Susan Gets Native said...

I remember your post.
"jade earring"...love that.
All I seem to have this year is tussock moth caterpillars.

RuthieJ said...

That's cool Laura! I've never found a monarch chrysalis outside.

nina said...

Even from years ago, what a treat.
Something to hang onto as a reminder for ...always.