Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Dance on the edges of Time"

When I was at the greenhouse of the Kashihara City Insectarium, I was excited to see many butterflies of various species as I hadn't seen so many ones at one time.  They are really graceful “flying flowers” flitting fluidly among the static flowers of the greenhouse from one to another.

 They fluttered, danced, and sat on a flower to savor the joy of this world
or to pose to have their pictures taken.
I enjoyed each moment taking pictures of them.

 リュウキュウアサギマダラ/琉球浅葱斑, Ideopsis similis

 (click on the photo to enlarge.)

ツマベニチョウ/ 褄紅蝶, Hebomoia glaucippe

A butterfly has to struggle out of their cocoon to spread their beautiful wings. Likewise, don’t we have the time when we have to fight to leave the chrysalis situation in order to fly with wings of our mind?
カバマダラ/樺斑, Danaus chrysippus

 ジャコウアゲハ/Papilio polytes

Among all the ephemeral insects, a butterfly is often attributed as a symbol of fleeting life perhaps because of their delicate appearance with beautiful paper-thin wings. The average life span of a butterfly is about a month from egg to the end.  We live much longer than butterflies, but what is the difference compared to the infinity?  

 オオゴマダラ/大胡麻斑, Idea leuconoe

"The butterfly counts not months but moments,
and has time enough.

Time is a wealth of change,
but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf."

-Rabindranath Tagore-


  1. こんばんは。蝶の種類の多さに圧倒されました。素晴らしいシャッタ-チャンスの連続で素敵な写真ばかりです。琉球アサギマダラが南国のアサギマダラの感じが良く出ています。

  2. Without words. Very wonderful photos and butterflies.

  3. So much wonderful pictures....i love all the colors so much.

    all butterflies are very nice photographed Yoko.

    Greetings, Joop

  4. Fabulous photos Yoko. The colours and patterns are mesmerizing - I love how some resemble dried leaves and others look like flowers and birds.

    Thank you for the lovely surprise!
    Have a great day,

  5. Vilka fina fjärilar du har sett och delar med dig till oss.Så vackra bilder du ha tagit av dom.
    Jag älskar fjärilar de är så gracila och vackra. även den som ser ut som ett pappers skräp.
    Ha en underbar vecka
    Kram Meta

  6. Oh my - such beautiful shots of those butterflies. And I do love Tagore!

  7. Such profound words from Rabindranath Tagore - a butterflies life is brief but beautiful, what pleasure they bring into our lives and gardens.

  8. These photos are exquisite. We have something called “Butterfly World” on Vancouver Island, a ferry ride distance from where I live. I recall the wonder of seeing the delicate creatures flitting about and seemingly quite comfortable around people … even landing on some shoulders as if to pose for pictures. There is no better analogy to express the fleeting yet timeless nature of life.

  9. I have never seen so many beautiful photos of butterflies. They are the some of the most beautiful creatures. Lovely words of Tagore.
    Grethe ´)

  10. Fantastic butterfly show and great pics you have taken for us dear Yoko, domo arigato*have a good rest of the week!

  11. Fantastic photos of beautiful butterflies. You are so blessed to see so many different kinds. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

  12. Wow, really breathtaking butterfly photographs, Yoko! The last time I visited a greenhouse with butterflies was two or three years ago on the Danish island of Bornholm. Unfortunately I never found the time to postprocess and post the photos. Some of the butterfly species I know from the Danish butterfly park. But I'm not sure if I managed to take such great photos like you did, Yoko. Great artwork, dear friend!

  13. You hit the butterfly jackpot, Yoko! Their ephemeral nature makes them even more lovely. Seeing their patterns, textures, and delicacy uplifts the spirit. You have so many great shots, but I especially love the Hebomoia and the Papilio.

  14. Yoko-san,
    Thank you so much for taking such beautiful photographs of delicate butterflies. I didn't know that they only lived for one month, such a short time, but what a life. -- Noriko

  15. Spectacular shots, Yoko. The butterflies look very happy posing for you! My favorite is the Hebomoia glaucippe from among them all. These butterflies may have a short span of life yet they know how to make it so joyful, not only for themselves but also for everyone else who come in contact with them. They are such a delight to watch... and here, through your lens, you make them even more. Their fleeting delicate nature and zest for life is beautifully expressed through your words and Rabindranath Tagore's poem. Your words put so much soul into these beautiful captures, they touch the heart.

    Wish you a wonderful weeks ahead, Yoko :)

  16. 見事な蝶の模様ですね。望遠レンズがほしくなります。。

  17. truly beautiful. i call them 'flying flowers' too. :)

  18. 「花と蝶」ほんとに目くるめく夢の世界をのぞいているようです。一枚一枚がすべて美しい絵葉書になりますね。「今この一瞬を美しく楽しく生きる」そんなメッセージを感じます。タゴールの詩、素敵ですね。

  19. Holly heaven, Yoko!
    Your butterfly shots took my breath away!
    So delicate, so vibrant and yet, so ephemeral (as everything in life...).

  20. I'm simply in awe of your photography and these beautiful butterflies. So many types I had not seen before! This is an exquisite post as are all of your posts, but you could put a book together with these pictures! Superbly done.

    Thank you for visiting L & L Photography. It is always a wonderful thing to read your words and good wishes.

    And may a world of love fill your life!

  21. Absolutely beautiful....
    We don't have those lovely butterflies here...
    And the pictures...amazing !

  22. 先日息子の家族が橿原の昆虫館で蝶を楽しんできたと聞きました。なんと美しい蝶の乱舞でしょう。はかない、、、かも知れませんが、でもこれほど美しい一瞬を見せることができれば本望ですね。

  23. Yokoさん こんにちは。
     Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time.
     お写真 どれも皆 素晴らしく美しいです。('∇^d) nice☆!!

  24. 全ての蝶が、個性的でとても鮮やかな色をまとっていますね。こんなきれいな蝶が温室の中をとびまわっているのだから、子供だけでなく、大人もたのしめますね。タゴールの詩はあこがれです。

  25. 温室の中で沢山飛び回っている蝶たち。でもひらひら飛び回ってるし撮影は難しかったでしょう。蝶はやっぱり絵になりますね。2番目の蝶の姿はハンカチかスカートの柄になっても素敵なのではと、ついつい思ってしまいます。

  26. What beautiful photographs and winged creatures! It is magical. Thank you so much for sharing, it must have been amazing to be there with them. Minerva x

  27. Stunning photographs. In early spring our botanical gardens have a butterfly exhibit. It does remind us to live in the moment - their ephemeral beauty must be appreciated.

  28. Encantadoras imagens,
    já diz a musica de Fernando Anitelli :
    "Borboleta parece flor que o vento tirou pra dançar."
    Símbolo de transformação que enche nossos olhos de alegria.
    Parabéns por esse lindo post.

  29. Wow! Some pictures look too good to be true! I don't mean they are fake, but... How do you do that?! I love your post and philosophical reflections, Yoko. Thank you!
    I've shared impressions on what I read recently and would like to hear yours. Sometimes it seems as if all around you forgot what books are. A bitter feeling for a philologist, you know.

  30. The photos are simply stunning and gorgeous. Well done!

  31. wonderful! it must have taken a lot of time and patience to photograph so many,

  32. Your photos are simply incredible. I love butterflies and moths, but you have captured them in such magical way. The detail and colour of their wings are perfect. This is a really inspiring post for me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography.
    Best wishes,
    Jo. xx


  33. Hello, stardust.

     The designs of feathers are very elegant.
     Wonderful photography.

     The encounter with your work is my pleasure.
     Thank you for visit.

     The prayer for all peace.
     I wish You all the best.

    Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma ❃

  34. yes they are quite lovely especially the white ones

  35. Um dos mais lindos post do seu blog com um fecho de ouro: pensamento de Tagore.
    Só conheço uma dessas borboletas: a borboleta monarca.

    ¸.•°♡彡Ótimo sábado!
    ♡♫° ·.Bom fim de semana!

  36. Raz byłam w miejscu gdzie było też tyle pięknych motyli. Było to wspaniałe przeżycie. Twoje zdjęcia ich są sliczne. Pozdrawiam.
    Once I was in a place where there were too many beautiful butterflies. It was a great experience. Your photos of them are very pretty. Yours.

  37. As always, your photos are marvellous. At first I didn't know which butterfly I liked best, but then I realised that Papilio polytes intrigues me the most because of its unusual shape. One of the pleasures of visiting a foreign place is to see the different types of butterflies in the countryside, I always notice them.

  38. Very nice photography... u must use another soft ware to post the postings.. see like this..

  39. halo very nice your blog postings are very beautiful... keep it... continue..

  40. °º °º✿✿
    Espero que sua querida mãe fique boa logo e que recupere a saúde.

    Bom domingo!
    Boa de semana!
    ♫ ¸.•°♫♫♬

  41. Skønne sommerfugle. Fantastiske billeder, det var en oplevelse.

  42. I hope that everything goes well in your family.

  43. Greetings, Yoko! I was looking through your most recent post and was struck by your incredibly beautiful photography. It's like an angel touched your camera. Visual candy!

    But I didn't find a place to comment, so I'm doing it here. I hope you and your family are well. Your granddaughter is a charmer - what fun!

  44. Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
    like dew on the tip of a leaf...
    Beautiful! Danced together with the butterflies again and loved it.
    I checked a fresh post actually, and finding none, pressed the picture that I liked. Your blog has a soothing quality, I feel safe and peaceful here.
    I did reply to your wonderful comment with an idea. Intrigued? :)

  45. Sublime post dear friend!
    i am amazed by the beauty you brought through your lenses to my world ,so true thses are flying flowers!!!

    Captured so truly and fantastical as they deserved to be captured .
    wishing you a vry happy christmas my precious friend!


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