Happy Spring! It was a gorgeous, warm first day of spring yesterday. I went with my mom to a place called Magic Wings, which was AMAZING!!
I took quite a few photos, since it was hard not to. They are all in my March album, but here is a little slide show. There's no music or anything, but you can play the Yanni video, 'Butterfly dance' for some beautiful music and to see more butterflies :)
Butterflies have always been a symbol of new life, and so it was a perfect thing to do to celebrate the coming of spring. The amazing thing about butterflies is not only are they beautiful, but they are the ultimate symbol of transformation. When they change from a caterpillar to a butterfly, they do so by forming a chrysalis, which most people know. But what some people may not know is that in that chrysalis, they actually dissolve almost all their cells, and then the new adult is re-created from those intact cells. So, it really is like a death and re-birth.
Isn't life amazing?? Right now, I'm actually watching Life on the Discovery channel. Its an awesome documentary. It is currently talking about amphibians, a word which also means 'two lives'. They are also a creature that is re-created.
They also had a few poison dart frogs at Magic Wings... so beautiful (and deadly).
As I think about re-creation, I realize that this is where we got our word recreation. Yesterday was a wonderful day of recreation and re-creation for me. Being with the butterflies and in the warm weather was like a re-birth after the cold winter. This poem sums it up well:
"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
- Joyce Kilmer, Spring