Happiness is a butterfly

As you know, we visited the Butterfly House in a large park in Stockholm last week.

The humid air was twinkling with bite-sized dancing blue waves that turned out to be butterflies in action. They never stopped to rest – or so it seemed – and I spent the best part of an hour, running around after these twinkling creatures trying to capture them with my camera.

Without much success.

Other butterflies waited patiently for me to snap them as they sat on ruby hibiscuses. But those blue butterflies remained elusive.

The lizards taunted me with their tongues and the parrots laughed at my efforts!

I hid behind bushes, lurked behind the foliage… waiting for one of those blue butterflies to open its wings.

In my mad desire to photograph them, I missed the delicate red jewels on their wings; the long elegant stripes on their bodies.

Just as I gave up the chase, this butterfly helped me slow down and see its beauty. As a farewell gift, it opened its wings just a tantalizing fraction to show me the blue within.

It came when I wasn’t looking for it anymore.

Just like happiness – or hope – can do.

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48 responses

  1. I need my own little butterfly house.


    June 1, 2010 at 04:26

  2. I’m glad it came when you stopped chasing it. The last shot is gorgeous.


    June 1, 2010 at 04:37

  3. Di

    Isn’t that the truth. Sometimes in life we just look “too hard” instead of being content to wait for the good things to come to us… Such a lovely shot.

    The Blue Ridge Gal


    June 1, 2010 at 04:54

  4. Such beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Thoughts in Progress


    June 1, 2010 at 05:00

  5. love it,
    amazing post!


    June 1, 2010 at 05:01

  6. Very beautiful shots. It is difficult to photograph butterflies as they do no sit in one place for long. Nice stuff.


    June 1, 2010 at 05:47

  7. Sighhhhhh… such wonders so beautifully captured.


    June 1, 2010 at 05:56

  8. smiles. love that last line…yeah, its cool like that. glad you had a good time. sounds like a great place…beautiful pics too.


    June 1, 2010 at 06:03

  9. Yes, that needs patience, but the rewards are treasures. Great shots.


    June 1, 2010 at 06:20

  10. Just need to enjoy the Now. Can’t stop the future from coming anyway. Nice shot!


    June 1, 2010 at 06:38

  11. Lovely shots.


    June 1, 2010 at 07:57

  12. Beautiful!


    June 1, 2010 at 08:21

  13. lilalia

    What a delightful post! Perfect in every way.


    June 1, 2010 at 08:43

  14. it was so funny..I visited Butterfly House, two times….
    nice day, Fiona


    June 1, 2010 at 09:39

  15. I used to love going to the butterfly house at Syon Park and on entering was always amazed at the humidity. I always went dressed for a summer’s day and still got hot. Being surrounded by flying butterflies is an amazing thing though – and a wee bit creepy as well.


    June 1, 2010 at 09:47

  16. what a wonderful world!!!


    June 1, 2010 at 10:39

  17. And even though you were rushing frantically around, all your shots have interesting patterns of light and shade and colour. Glorious!


    June 1, 2010 at 10:55

  18. That is a stunning butterfly – and they get along with the parrots?


    June 1, 2010 at 10:57

  19. ohh, that is so beautiful! your patience finally paid off.


    June 1, 2010 at 11:19

  20. Isn’t that so often the way? Wonderful photos of your day.


    June 1, 2010 at 12:52

  21. What words of wisdom! I agree, we only realize we were happy, when things change. Very beautiful butterfly!


    June 1, 2010 at 13:26

  22. I always love your photos. They always remind me how valuable it is to take time to see the beauty around us and to allow it to enrich us by simply enjoying it.


    June 1, 2010 at 13:34

  23. Blu

    Butterflies are so difficult to photograph and they seem to love to torment us!…love that last shot!


    June 1, 2010 at 13:37

  24. Lady Fi: Keep trying, those little ones will eventually give you a jewel of a photo.


    June 1, 2010 at 14:21

  25. A lovely lesson in how to find what’s important. Thank you. This is one to save to your finer moments — not that all of yours aren’t perfect, but this one is even more so !


    June 1, 2010 at 16:00

  26. Jen

    How beautiful, and so true.

    The last time we went to the butterfly house on Vancouver Island, it was cooler outside then inside. Anxious to photography everything! I took my camera out to soon. We spent the entire time wiping condensation from the lens. Good things come to those who are patient. I guess we both found that out.



    June 1, 2010 at 16:51

  27. What a marvelous post and, yes, what a wonderful lesson in finding what’s important. Thank you, they were just the words I needed this morning. Hope you have a wonderful week!



    June 1, 2010 at 16:53

  28. ed

    i love this little adventure, and how the butterflies showed you everything at the most in opportune time, as if they knew you wouldn’t be able to photograph them, until it finally happened. this story just adds to their magical legend. so well told, with words and images.


    June 1, 2010 at 18:56

  29. exactly how it is. At least you got one short peek on it. 🙂


    June 1, 2010 at 20:41

  30. I love the last line. It’s so true.

    And I love what your daughter said in your previous post. If only I had that confidence!


    June 1, 2010 at 23:06

  31. I’m pretty sure that is a blue morpho butterfly!!! They are gorgeous aren’t they? All brilliant blue and then brown on the other side.


    June 2, 2010 at 02:54

  32. the girl from cherry blossom street

    “I hid behind bushes, lurked behind the foliage… waiting for…”
    This makes me giggle!
    Oh, chasing butterflies! The things we do in the name of photography 😉


    June 2, 2010 at 03:08

  33. Lovely lesson. Exquisite creatures. They live such a short time and yet so much has been put into their designs. Glad you got the shot so we could see your moment of “Hope and Happiness” landing.


    June 2, 2010 at 03:52

  34. Beautiful job of catching shots of these elusive creatures. We have a family parrot that looks just like the one in your photo, so I liked that shot also.


    June 2, 2010 at 14:41

  35. Great job of capturing the butterflies beauty. We have a small butterfly park near us and it is always a treat to go there and see the wonders of these creatures.


    June 2, 2010 at 15:08

  36. the last two photos are captivating.


    June 2, 2010 at 17:13

  37. We visited a butterfly farm in the Cayman Islands a few years back and it was the most peaceful fantastic thing to see!


    June 2, 2010 at 18:07

  38. Happiness must be elusive. Like a butterfly. You cannot have happiness handed you on a plate, it would soon become commonplace, of no account. Happiness is in the tiny moments, it doesn’t appear with a great fanfare and a blast of furnace fire, a sparkling diamond or a lottery win, happiness creeps up on you when you least expect it.

    And that is the only kind of happiness worth having.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Come again and I will visit you again too.


    June 2, 2010 at 18:39

  39. Ohhhh, that last shot was worth the wait. Gorgeous!


    June 2, 2010 at 20:15

  40. hph

    Oh, my that is impressive!


    June 2, 2010 at 21:07

  41. I still love the butterfly pictures!


    June 2, 2010 at 22:31

  42. love this post!

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral


    June 2, 2010 at 22:47

  43. So true that happiness comes unexpectedly. Love the photos of the butterflies, and the parrot, too.


    June 3, 2010 at 01:35

  44. Such lovely images and thoughts! That last picture is fantastic!


    June 3, 2010 at 02:02

  45. oh, you are so so right.
    love these photos.

    and i tried to photograph blue butterflies when we were in Cuba, but it was impossible, so I get it.


    June 3, 2010 at 03:22

  46. Beautiful, beautiful! Love that last photo!


    June 3, 2010 at 04:02

  47. Patience won ..lovely photo:)


    June 3, 2010 at 06:04

  48. Lew

    You did great with the last photo! Butterflies are hard to capture with cameras.


    June 3, 2010 at 06:31

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