Time With the Butterflies

I've heard that there is all kinds of research now about how wonderful nature is for our health. I believe that 100%. Just going for a walk in the fresh air is so good for your heart and soul.





Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending time with my Butterfly Brigade friends as we released four Monarchs in our local park. I shared this park with you several months ago when we were planting seeds and flowers. Our great city, Rockwall, TX has accepted the challenge of making our spaces friendly to butterflies and other pollinators.




With the help of the city and lots of volunteers, this is happening and it's so exciting!



It really isn't that difficult to attract and keep butterflies and pollinators in our yards and public spaces. We need to provide host plants which often occur naturally. We need to take care not to remove/mow all of their habitat. We must take care not to overuse pesticides and herbicides.



My part in this effort has been minute over the past few months since we've been moving. I'm happy now to get back in the groove and do what I can to help.  We do have the most special leader who has taken this on as her calling.  Mary finds many chrysalises at her home garden. She collects them and releases them when the time is right. She speaks sweetly to the butterflies and to God. "Thank you God." "Thank you Father."  


Releasing these Monarchs was truly a sight to behold. It's like watching little miracles happen right before our eyes!



Of course any natural space is home to other creatures too. We were visited by a Swallowtail butterfly who looks a little worn but what a beauty!


This little bunny kept us company the whole time and never ran away. I think she knew we wouldn't hurt her.


It's always fun to see a colorful dragonfly.


I'm so thankful for this outside time even on a super hot day. Have you been outside with nature lately? 

If you enjoy reading about butterflies you might like these posts:





32 comments

Sandy said...

Being outside is definitely good for my soul. It is so hot that I have been avoiding it, but you have inspired me. I need to get out there. I love my little birdies.

Simply LKJ said...

Been hot here lately, but get out when we can. It was sweet...Henley encountered his first butterfly the other day. Wasn't too sure what to make of it. LOL Your pictures remind me that I have some my youngest took a few years back. I've been meaning to print and frame a few.

The Sketchy Reader said...

What a sweet post! I love to walk in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens, but I haven't made the time much this spring and summer. I'm hoping to get in the habit in autumn!

Mary's sweet words to the butterflies has warmed my heart this morning. What a sweet leader y'all have!

xo,
RJ

Suzanne said...

Nothing better than being outdoors! Such beautiful photos!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You got some amazing shots! Yes, I love being outdoors. One of the reasons we moved out of the city and into the country was to be with nature. We are leaving the majority of our 1 acre lot native...

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Gorgeous photos, Stacey!! I've been super crazy busy and haven't been around blogland as much as I'd like....did you post shots of your new house yet? A tour?

Katie Mansfield said...

How fun. I wonder if my town has something like this.
Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Pruitt said...

When I lived in TX and had the pond, I saw a lot of dragonflies. I haven't been able to get photos of butterflies this year yet. I see one pic you have has a hyacinth bean vine plant, which I also have. Hopefully will see butterflies out there soon! Nature is cleansing to the soul.
Brenda

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
Beautiful photos! There was a video on my FB feed last week that showed a caterpillar turning into a chrysalis. Spellbinding. Thank you for actively working to protect butterflies and for educating others about the importance of nature and its creatures.

Judith

A Joyful Cottage said...

I've been reading up on butterfly gardens and trying to incorporate more plants that attract them. Earlier in the season I saw Swallowtail, but recently I haven't seen any. Lots of moths, though. I think it's great that you're involved in this project, Stacey. It will bring lasting joy to your community. Your leader sounds like a neat lady. xo

Jeanie said...

The Butterfly Brigade! How cool is that -- I just love it! And I love what you do as part of that -- and all that you see. A wonderful post filled with joy, Stacey!

Kim said...

I think that is why I love summer so much, the opportunity to spend time outside is wonderful. When I taught the littles, we always raised butterflies and released them. I enjoyed it and you are doing a wonderful thing!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love butterflies and dragonflies so much! Aren't they just the most ethereal creatures?

Pat @ bringingfrenchcountryhome said...

Cheers for the Butterfly Brigade! What a great story with gorgeous photos. Thank you for calling attention to this. We have some small orange and black butterflies flitting around the garden. They seem too small to be Monarchs. What do you think they are? Keep up the good work Butterfly Brigrade!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Living in our little fifth wheel out at the farm while we wait to build has put me smack dab in the middle of nature! Birds, chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, deer, rabbits--and some very rowdy cicadas and bullfrogs. I see a few butterflies, but we've talked about planting to attract them as well as letting one of our fields return to native grasses. I love how your community is doing your part! So glad you were able to get back to the Butterfly Brigade now that moving is behind you.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love the idea of welcoming butterflies into our yards and parks. What a unique group you belong to! I don't see many in my yard so I will have to fix that.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I enjoy seeing butterflies in my gardens every day. I have both host and nectar plants.

What a great group you have and may it grow in numbers as more people become interested in 'flying flowers'.

FlowerLady

Celestina Marie said...

What a wonderful thing your city of Rockwall is doing. Yes, being outside, enjoying the fresh air and nature is so good for our health and spirit. My yard has an abundance of dragon flies and we love to watch them as we enjoy the yard. They even come sit on us while in the pool. We see butterflies, bunnies and last night a possum. Of course the squirrels live here in the dozens. Your group sounds wonderful and doing great work. Best wishes to all of you for your efforts and have fun!! xo

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe, beautiful butterflies and that little bunny is a cutie. I've seen a lot of butterflies at my home but it's so hot in my neck of the woods that it makes it unbearable to walk outside. Hope you have a great day dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Stacey how beautiful. What a wonderful cause to be part of. I love the saying if you whisper softly a message to a butterfly they will take it to a loved one in heaven. Your pics are gorgeous.
Kris

Rita C. said...

What a great thing you participated in there, Stacey. I know you're excited as much about planting your new yard as you've been about getting into the new house.
My garden is so full of so many butterflies, hummers, bees and yes, even bunnies right now. While the bunnies actual do some destruction, I can tolerate them, but the butterflies are a glorious thing to watch. It's like a ballet! I'm really enjoying watching the flocks of goldfinch on the coneflowers & black-eyed Susans too.

Pam Richardson said...

Beautiful photos and what a wonderful program. We love outdooors and all of God's creation is amazing to behold!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

We love the outdoors too and embrace each and every moment of the beauty and magic that God has created for us!

Bonnie said...

I enjoyed reading your other two posts on monarchs again. Love the butterfly brigade. Mary does have a special calling, as do the others like you taking part. I wish I could drum up some enthusiasm around my area. I'm trying.

Beautiful pics. Oh, I would be so thrilled. I know it was an extra special outing.

Tammy Lagaly said...

I think the reason I love to garden is it heals my soul. Bad day? Head to the garden! I have a passion vine that covers my entire back fence. Once every summer it looks like its dying. When this happens, I know that hundreds ( no joke!) of butterflies are about to hatch. The first year this happened most of them hatched at once. It was truly magical to look out and see all of those beautiful black and orange butterflies filling our yard!

Marlene Stephenson said...

Yes i am retired so it is easy for me to get out before it gets so hot, i love being outside with the birds,bees and butterflies. Glad you are getting things done at your beautiful new home and can get out.

Winter Berry said...

I filled my yard with zinnia's this year, and the butterflies are swarming everywhere. I love gardens like theses, what a great way to spend the day.

Blondie's Journal said...

Awesome post, Stacey! I love what you are doing straight from your heart for these pretty little creatures.

I have tons of milkweed at the lake and I've brought it back to the city. I also find that the caterpillars love dill and while they eat the entire plant, I just plant extra elsewhere, it's worth it.

Gorgeous pictures, my friend. i see a lot of the monarchs and swallowtails in my garden, but I'm seeing some yellow with black spots. Do you know the name?

Jane x

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What beautiful photos and event!

House and Garden Boutique said...

Loved your post about the butterflies. They are the most beautiful creature in nature! I too am a mother of two boys, so I agree, bloggin time is girlfriend time for sure. Lynn

justplainjilly said...

There's just something about a butterfly...
Thank you for this post!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love this! I was watching several butterflies on my blue plumbago just this morning. Nature sure is good for the soul. xoxo