The beauty that surrounds us

Posted by: ST on July 27, 2005 at 8:50 pm

Just chillin’ tonight and taking an evening break from the crazy world of politics. Glass of wine on one side of my keyboard and a sleeping, purring kitty on the other.

Tonight I was headed out the door to pick up some groceries when I noticed the most beautiful butterfly sitting on the shutters right outside the door. I quietly opened the door back up, went inside the house and grabbed my digital camera and took several photos. The two below were the best (in my opinion) of the lot. I had taken a couple of them that were closer, but novice photographer I am, part of a wing looks chopped off in each of the two closer ones so I’m not posting them here (by the way, these are pictures of the same butterfly, just at different angles):

Butterfly - front view

Butterfly - sideview

Aren’t those colors magnificent? A better photographer with a nicer camera would have done a really fantastic job at getting the perfect photos but I don’t think I did such a bad job with my cheap digital camera :)

Sometimes ya just have to stop and smell the roses. Or in this case, stop and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

FYI: A couple of plugins are going to be installed on the blog tonight by the fine folks at Elegant Webscapes. One of the plugins is a spam killer and I’m going to be doing some playing around to get the settings right once it is installed – so if you experience a delay longer than usual with seeing your comments posted here, don’t fret – if it’s not spam or insulting, it’ll get posted. I’m just going to have to get used to the settings. If I accidentally delete a comment in the process, my apologies in advance! Bear with me as the ST blog is will be undergoing a bit of reconstruction over the next few weeks :)

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5 Responses to “The beauty that surrounds us”


  1. Lorica says:

    You did a wonderful job with you digital. Very beautiful butterfly.

    (Note from ST: I am having to recreate this comment – it was deleted by mistake via a spam killer plugin that I had not yet configured. Thankfully I have the email notification that is sent to me everytime a comment is submitted for approval and was able to go off of that to recreate this comment. Sorry about that, Lorica – it shouldn’t happen again. I hope to get this whole spam dilemma sorted this weekend when I tinker around with my new spam killer. Thank you for your compliment! –ST).

  2. Sloan says:


    I’m replying to an old post so you may not even get this (does your blog software alert you to every new comment, no matter what post it’s attached to?). I post here very rarely and was perusing your archives, searching for some comments I had made some time ago. Anyway, I’m a chemist, and therefore a science geek, and something of an amateur entomologist as well. This means that, upon seeing these very stunning photographs of the butterfly from your 7/27/05 post, I had to spend the past 45 minutes trying to identify this specimen. Yeah, it’s that bad with me.

    So what did I find out, you ask? Well, I think your little friend is a Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis). They’re supposed to be quite common throughout North Carolina. This page is the main reference I used for identification. There is the inevitable minor variation in wing coloration and patterning, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got it nailed…I think. Butterfly identification is a dicey proposition, at best. Many a fine lepidopterist has done himself in by the fumes of his own killing jar, over the shame of having misidentified some specimen and then publishing his blunder in the peer-reviewed literature. Science is an ugly business sometimes.


    So now, next time this little fella stops by during a backyard barbecue and your friends say, “Oooh, what a pretty butterfly!” You can glance over casually as you flip another burger and reply nonchalantly, “Oh yeah…a Red-spotted Purple.” And they’ll stare at you and exclaim, “She blogs, she does talk radio, she knows the names of all the woodland creatures…Great Scot, is there anything this woman can’t do?!?”

    Love your blog. Feel free to use me as your go-to guy on any questions about strange insects and spiders you can’t identify. It’s the least I can do! ;)


  3. Hi Sloan! Good to see you back – I had been wondering why I hadn’t seen you comment here in a while …

    Thanks for the info on the butterflies. I’ll tuck that in my cap for future use :)

    By the way, if you’re looking for a comment you made in the past here, feel free to email me and let me know what you’re looking for as I don’t think the search engine I have searches comments — just the posts themselves.

  4. – Back annotating, just to confuse the issue, and besides, since I’ve known you ST, it’s certainly one of those cases of meeting a really great gal you couldn’t have known long enough…. :)

    – Bang **==

  5. Thank you, BBH! And likewise :)