"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Would You Be A Butterfly Or Would You Just Be You?

I've had just enough time to...   have a butterfly dream

Taken in the Kota Kinabalu Highlands Park, Sabah

I dreamt I was a butterfly
And it dreamt it was me
And each thought he has the better dream

From flowers to flowers I flew
It walked through the woods on my feet
I fluttered and rode on the wind
It swam with graceful ease
I tasted nectar fresh on the flowers
It tasted ice-cream cold from the fridge
Lying on the grass, it admired the million stars
I marvelled at the thousand suns perched on a leaf

Then we were before Him
And He gently asked –
Would you be a butterfly
Or would you just be you?

We have often heard how nice it will be if we are a butterfly or a bird. Who wouldn’t want to fly? But before we attempt to take to the sky, have we made full use of our God given gifts? Have we used our legs to walk through the woods in the freshness of spring, in the shade of summer, in the colours of autumn, in the silence of winter? When was the last time we greeted the sunrise, watched the sun sinking below the line, laid on the grass and looked up at the night sky. If our feet have not felt the coarseness of sand, the clinging mud, the dampness of wet grass, what business have we to fly?


  1. Onasill, ΞSSΞ®®Ξ, ineedathis, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons
    This was taken in the Kota Kinabalu Highlands Park, Sabah. My friend shot the butterfly. I shot him and the butterfly :)

    You are @ the advantage. Well conceived Thou

    Thank God there was no casualty after all that shooting.....:-)
    Great shot of your friend and the sweet Butterfly!

    henrhyde (gill)
    Grand presentation of this image- great light

    love the words too!!! ....

    oola *
    I worked for several years with a child who became like my own... his cancer returned and I was with him to the end... I could not speak to him of death...it was not my place and his young age made it improper also... but he knew there were changes... so I did something that some Jewish people did with their children who were prisoners... they spoke of the life cycle of the butterfly and the changes... This child was blind and I made his braille books. I made the hungry hungry caterpillar... which follows the life cycle of the butterfly. as an artist I knew how to make cocoons out of foam and cotton... leaves out of paper... etc. so that he could feel his way through the book... as a coincidence some other children were about to release butterflies that had begun as cocoons in their jars... so he was able to take part in that... and some butterflies sat on his hands before taking off...
    butterflies are more than flight...
    would I like to be a butterfly or me...
    would I like to KNOW what was going on?????

    1000 Reasons
    Thanks Oola, for the touching story. Good of you to ease the child's ending and for your consoling story with its connection to the butterfly. As you knew, there was a death in the family and thank you for the empathy.

  2. Onasill, DotOnLine, ineedathis, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons
    Delicate wings basking in the sun.

    Excellent, a beautiful capture....yes delicate wings with great details Thou

    good thinking. great shot

    I love the backlight here, such a beautiful shot!

    You have a very beautiful dream my dear friend, I love your words and so are your photos.

    so pretty so nice so well presented!

    oola *
    mmmmm you speak my language... being a farm girl, those experiences are core to who I am... barefoot on a farm is an education in itself...


  3. sethph88

    Beautiful butterfly and nice scene of photographer in action, lovely composition, and wonderful words!!

    Excellent shot !

    I believe the butterfly is a messenger. My dad died when I was far away on the other side of the world. I was devastated not to have been there to say goodbye. As the first pangs of grief consumed my being a butterfly alighted on my hand for a brief second. The sensation was that of an intense electrical charge. To this day I believe it to have been my dad's spirit, manifest as butterfly, come to say goodbye in order to relieve my pain. Sorry for your loss, thou.


  4. sethph88
    excellent shot.............

    Rebecca Ang
    A very lovely image with wonderful light and bokeh, and a beautiful, timely reminder :)

    What a beauty; Excellent work. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your comment.

    It's a beauty! She came to you dressed in green. Last night my son & I lay on the rooftop at 2-3am to fly in the night sky with the Perseid meteor shower *~*


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