Butterflies of joy

Beautiful butterfly

Shining like mother of pearl

A painting of fleeting delicacy

Poised to fly to freedom

Through the silver rain —

Reminding me that joy comes when you least expect it

And that transformation can lead to great beauty.

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Sadly, My World is not continuing but I’d like to continue documenting the small unseen miracles of life here anyway. Rest in peace Klaus Peter.

72 responses

  1. Lovely post and wonderful set of butterflies! Love those in the last picture! So cute;o)
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ¤ Have a nice and happy week ¤

    August 22, 2011 at 15:37

  2. The dark butterfly against the colorful bokeh is such a beautiful contrast ♥

    August 22, 2011 at 15:47

  3. lady, I love your butterflies of joy:-)
    thank you for sharing

    August 22, 2011 at 16:05

  4. —And Lady, Fi, what a wonderful world you have:)
    “Reminding me that joy comes when you least expect it.”
    isn’t that whtat butterflies are like? Floating by with their fire orange & lemon yellow at the most
    unexpected times?!
    PS. your children are beautiful.

    August 22, 2011 at 16:21

  5. My favorite butterflies are the ones in the last picture…beautiful!

    August 22, 2011 at 16:37

  6. Beautiful words and stunning, poignant images to complement your thoughts.
    I heard about the passing of Klaus on a another page, he must be dearly missed…

    August 22, 2011 at 16:58

  7. I’ve been reading about butterflies lately…how they’re a good omen. While running on trails recently, I saw dozens of butterflies. I intend to add a few to a tattoo on my shoulder. Your children are beautiful.

    August 22, 2011 at 17:24

  8. Riet

    Such beautiful photo’s I love butterflies.

    August 22, 2011 at 17:42

  9. Ooh..la..la!! I love them all but the portrait of the anklebiters! (I’ve always wondered why you call them that!) WHOA!! Totally pro! Did you get a new lens by chance?

    August 22, 2011 at 17:51

    • Anklebiters is a common name for kids in some parts of the world. j

      Thanks for your kind comment. No new lens – just a bit of a sepia tint to bring out the eyes.

      August 22, 2011 at 18:17

  10. the first couple are so cool…just a glimpse and rather mysterious…butterflies are sky dancers and bring much beauty…as do kids…great snap of them as well!

    August 22, 2011 at 17:58

  11. These are lovely thoughts and beautiful pictures — especially the last one.

    August 22, 2011 at 18:04

  12. Love the symbolism of butterfly morphing into beautiful children.

    August 22, 2011 at 18:08

  13. Hi there, Your butterfly photos are great but that next to the last one is AWESOME…What handsome kids…

    August 22, 2011 at 18:17

  14. Such a feeling of peace in your post of the butterfly on the windowsill! And those children are two of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!

    August 22, 2011 at 18:52

  15. Beautiful photos as always and it’s a great photo of your kids…. one you should have framed!

    August 22, 2011 at 19:38

  16. Beautiful surprise picture at the end of this post! Your world in photos is just too fantastic not to visit regularly. :)

    August 22, 2011 at 19:47

  17. Tammy

    wow, I am loving your blog..you are so talented! I especially love the butterfly against the silvery rain as you put it…simply gorgeous….also in love with those beautiful smiling faces! :)

    August 22, 2011 at 19:53

  18. How beautiful, beautiful and beautiful these images are!!!!!! And a butterfly against the silver rain is fabulous. And a portrait is so special and so unique. You have a very beautiful imagination and a great talent.

    I am very impressed and touched by these amazing pictures.

    Greetings from Kaya.

    August 22, 2011 at 20:15

  19. Beautiful images and I love the title: Butterflies of Joy!

    August 22, 2011 at 20:38

  20. Al

    I love these shots, especially that first very unique butterfly photo. And you definitely have a talent for photographing children!

    August 22, 2011 at 20:39

  21. I wasn’t aware that MY World isn’t continuing anymore I still have a post today.

    I have to find somehting to do on my MOndays. Hope your week goes smoothly for you.

    August 22, 2011 at 20:58

  22. That last photo is priceless! Wonderful reminder about the surprises life holds in store for us!

    August 22, 2011 at 21:05

  23. Betty

    Gutsy Living took the words right out of my mouth.:) Love the smiles on your children!

    August 22, 2011 at 21:34

  24. Ephemeral beauties. As so much of life is. Thanks for the reminder.

    August 22, 2011 at 22:06

  25. Very beautiful butterfly pictures ! I haven’t seen one in ages

    I have a post for “My World” I am sure somebody will take it over, maybe under another name.

    August 22, 2011 at 22:13

  26. These are lovely shots. Great portrait of the beautiful children.

    August 22, 2011 at 22:19

  27. It is really a beautiful post! Your picture is lovely and so are your children.

    August 22, 2011 at 22:20

  28. Sweet shots!

    August 22, 2011 at 22:27

  29. Oh my.. these are lovely.. but those faces even more so.

    August 22, 2011 at 22:38

  30. Beautiful photos.

    August 22, 2011 at 22:51

  31. Some really superb photography happening here! “Beautiful”! Thank you!!!

    August 23, 2011 at 00:09

  32. The butterfly can’t wait to see the world outside!😉

    August 23, 2011 at 00:11

  33. I LOVE butterflies!

    August 23, 2011 at 01:00

  34. Your children are beautiful!!!

    And I love the background of the third photo!

    August 23, 2011 at 01:05

  35. Fantastic photos! I like them very much, all of them…:)

    August 23, 2011 at 01:46

  36. These photographs are wonderful, and what beautiful children you have!

    Thank you so much for sharing these today at The Creative Exchange.

    Sending you wishes for a beautiful Tuesday!


    August 23, 2011 at 02:33

  37. You’ve made the moth beautiful in yr pics by yr joyful expressions:)

    TQ for visiting n commenting on my post Sun Sparkle.

    August 23, 2011 at 02:58

  38. Wonderful and heart-warming. Thank you!

    Some of us who host MWT were surprised to see our names signed to a note on the blog that MWT would be ending. We feel strongly that it should continue. We will have to create a new blog because we were stripped of access to showyourworld.blogspot.com. We will get it together over the next few weeks. Please keep posting!

    August 23, 2011 at 04:00

  39. Such a lovely post and such happy faces.

    August 23, 2011 at 05:30

  40. I can’t get over how much the kids have grown since I met them. They’re really starting to look like young adults!

    August 23, 2011 at 06:56

  41. Those moments of joy are perfect. I think many of those who posted to My World will continue to post in this way each week — and think of him and the work he (and the other hosts) did to make that meme such fun.

    Your kids are growing up! Adorable picture of them (although I doubt they would like that word.)

    August 23, 2011 at 07:49

  42. That’s a great job.I wonder if you could take a such shot.
    If I go near to them, they run away soon.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:40

  43. Wonderful shots of butterfly.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:46

  44. great shot of the children. And I like the shot where the butterfly seem to look out the window.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:31

  45. Exquisite and very sharp focus, a delight to look into these butterflies. Beautiful portraits, I love the colors and the serenity and joy of the eye.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:34

  46. Fjärilar är jag svag för – så fint!:-)

    August 23, 2011 at 13:03

  47. Gorgeous. The butterflies and the kiddos.

    August 23, 2011 at 14:20

  48. I needed the reminder today – thank you!

    August 23, 2011 at 14:55

  49. Oh wow!! Look at those gorgeous macro shots of th ebutterflies! Simply beautiful!

    August 23, 2011 at 15:36

  50. Your children are such gems! I love how happy they look. You’ve absolutely made my day😀

    August 23, 2011 at 17:05

  51. stunning image,,, wow… you capture very well,,, nicely done Fiona

    August 23, 2011 at 17:27

  52. Fluttering love, always shown here my friend.

    August 23, 2011 at 18:22

  53. That butter fly is just amazing!

    August 23, 2011 at 19:19

  54. Kul att du vill hänga på i WWF – glöm inte att länka tillbaka – hittar inte länk till http://fotokedjor.blogspot.com/
    Vilken fin bild på barnen!

    August 23, 2011 at 20:48

  55. Marias Teater

    These are not technical/botanical pictures of butterflies. These are poetic images and I truely love them!!

    August 23, 2011 at 23:04

  56. Pat

    Wonderful butterfly photos – the third one is such a poignant image to me. Fabulous shot of the two children!

    August 23, 2011 at 23:19

  57. Lovely photo’s and beautiful children. We haven’t seen too many butterflies here this year, and they never stay still long enough for me to catch them with my camera!

    August 24, 2011 at 00:00

  58. A gorgeous post with a beautiful, beautiful ending!

    August 24, 2011 at 00:20

  59. I saw tons of butterflies today!

    August 24, 2011 at 00:56

  60. Love the butterfly shots!

    August 24, 2011 at 06:24

  61. You masterfully show us nature’s wonder
    then show us it’s PEAK!

    Blessed beautiful people-

    Comfort Spiral



    August 24, 2011 at 06:33

  62. I just love the 1st picture!! A butterfly looking at its best:)

    August 24, 2011 at 07:34

  63. this is such a energetic post!

    thank you for your condolences Lady. hugs.

    August 24, 2011 at 08:55

  64. A few weeks ago a butterfly flew into our open kitchen window and made his way all the way upstairs to my bedroom…. it was such an adventure to follow him around as he discovered our house….
    then after a few minutes, he found his way out the upstairs window…
    but for those few minutes, I felt like I was in the presence of something amazing.

    August 24, 2011 at 15:20

  65. Joy comes when you least expect it… when you have beauty in your heart… and you do. Unique butterfly macros and your children are a delight to see… their love for you radiates from their smiles.

    August 24, 2011 at 16:07

  66. Oh, Fi – that is a great portrait of the children! They are beautiful butterflies.

    August 25, 2011 at 06:02

  67. JM

    What a wonderful post and fantastic portrait.

    August 25, 2011 at 18:35

  68. I scrolled through these butterfly shots so many times!! They are all beautiful!!

    August 26, 2011 at 02:32

  69. I am sorry about your friend.
    The children are beautiful.. but they look a little mischevious:)

    August 26, 2011 at 06:05

  70. Fiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!! What a post!!! It’s wonderful and I wasn’t expecting the last truly wonderful shot!! And wow, how one summer can transform kids… Yes, so much change like with butterflies!!:)

    August 27, 2011 at 16:37

  71. Wonderful photos!

    August 30, 2011 at 14:45

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