On Exploring an Elegance

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. (R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor)

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? (Zhuangzi, philosopher)

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments on the wing like mysterious butterflies, fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men. (Giorgio de Chirico, artist)

If there is one creature that represents my essence, it’s butterflies. (Patricia Velasquez, actor)

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. (Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist)

On Fluttering Designs

Many years ago, an art teacher said something that has stuck with me (and I paraphrase). “The most interesting and intricate designs and patterns are in nature – and artists use them for inspiration.”

Not long ago we attended the 2011 butterfly show at Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory featuring butterflies from Brazil. Whether it’s seeing them fly around, marveling at the array of colors, examining the wing designs, watching them land on people, seeing kids gently getting one onto their finger, or observing them manipulate their proboscis to extra nectar, it’s a fun time.

To make my point, and that of the art teacher, enjoy the short video and slideshow.

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