Saturday, 15 December 2012

Shadow Shot Time

I am reaching back to a moment in time this past year that made me incredibly happy.
The previous Autumn I saved a Black Swallowtail caterpillar from my fennel and kept it safely in a container until it finally made it's cocoon.
I saved it (on blind faith in nature and crossed fingers for luck) in the fridge all winter in an old spaghetti sauce jar.
Then when I felt it was warm enough, long enough, during the days and nights .. I brought it out to the deck, in a protected area .. I didn't want a bird to think it was dinner!
We (husband and son were very keen to see what might happen too) waited and wondered if this would work.
By some miracle Number One Son saw this little beauty climb out, after a point when we almost gave up.
He help it up and it clung to his t-shirt.
I can't explain the thrill we all got from seeing this amazing little life actually be born.
One day I hope to go through the whole process again now that I know it is possible!
There are a few shadows that will coax the viewer into agreeing this is worthy of Shadow Shot time.
I hope you take the time to click on the icon to visit other shadow worlds and see what mysteries they may have to surprise you with as well !


robin. said...

what a wonderful post. i so love flutter-bys!! they make my heart smile just as your post has!!! beautiful cgjoy!!!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful shadow shot for the day! Have a good weekend.

Country Gal said...

Oh that sounds soo beautiful ! Glad it worked out for the little fella .Lovely photo . No snow here yet just rain , I want snow so I can photograph a winter wonderland again ! Your header photos are awesome ! Have a good day !

Ralph said...

What a beautiful life emerged from the cocoon - the flying creature perhaps attached to the shirt to say hello, thank you and finally fly onward. I hope that you are able again to do so. A gardener seems the ideal person to coax life into any and everything they touch...

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

What a lovely Nature story Joy, so glad the butterfly emerged for you to enjoy its beauty.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Lady,

A what? You did that? That's the best thing I read so far in blogielandia.
GREAT shot! Can't be better.

Hope you have a wonderful w/end.

/CC girl

Meri said...

Wonderful story -- I would have been thrilled, too.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wow! To take such an important role in a miracle of Nature! Incredible post and beautiful photo!

RobinL said...

Okay, butterflies are something that I really miss in the winter time! You had asked me once about the euphorbia in my garden, and it is a Bonfire. I highly recommend it! Great color all year long.

Heather said...

Fantastic shot Joy... and what a lovely little story! I miss your kitty header, but this one is pretty too! Cheers!

RURAL magazine said...

What an amazing moment, and to think that it was in the fridge all that time, and still came out.

Oh Joy! In more ways then one.


Nadezda said...

Joy, you have pretty butterfly in your home. Aren't you afraid to put it in a freezer?

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you all for stopping by ... I have tried to visit all your blogs and comment on your posts as well!
Joy : )

Carrie said...

oh Joy that is incredible, what a story and what a fabulous photograph - big hugs xxxx