Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just open your wings and fly!

Zoe and I have been witnessing one of natures most amazing transformations the last few weeks. 
Right before Hurricane Irene I found some caterpillars munching on rue in the garden. We brought two in to see what would happen.

You can see two different stages of caterpillar in this photo. The tiny dark brown and orange one is a baby. The more they eat the bigger they get, shed their skin and turn green and black.

After eating for a few days they made a chrysalis. 
Fast forward about 10 days and they emerged from their cocoons today as beautiful 

First the wings were damp and crinkled.
Then they pumped them and let them dry out.

It was amazing how fast they went from chrysalis to beautiful butterfly!

"If we did all the things we are capable of
we would astound ourselves."
~Thomas Edison

I've started painting for Halloween and this is my first piece, a ghostly Gypsy Vanner (sold).
To save on listing fees, I will be offering ALL pieces on my Face Book page first. 
If they don't sell, I will move them to Etsy or Ebay.


Lin said...

We used to raise monarch butterflies for years. Isn't it amazing??! Almost alienesque. (Is that a word?) You know what I mean.

Tribal Horse Designs said...

your halloween horse is beautiful ! That is amazing about the butterfly .I am enjoying my visit :)

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Beautiful photos!

Friesians on my blog Jen :)


What a beautiful transformation. I was wonderful to see. Love your Halloween horse too.

Spiritartartist said...

Love the butterflies and just the cutest paint! Would look great as a painted pony too!