Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A sense of wonder.

There are Monarch butterflies in our garden at the moment, frantically fueling up for their migration north for the winter. While not undertaking the epic four generation migration of their North American cousins, these butterflies in Australia  are not compelled by freezing temperatures to overwinter in the tropics, they do however appear to seek the warmer temperatures of Queensland when temperatures drop. Curiously Monarchs were not seen, or rather noted, by Europeans until sightings in Brisbane in the 1870's when it was thought they had been blown here from  Vanuatu during a cyclone (thank you Wikipedia).
Apart from their beauty, the distances they travel, propelled by a heart the size of a dot on the page inspires me to wonder at the world and it's creatures and the amazing variety in it.


  1. I have never imagined the heart of a butterfly, but now that you've mentioned it, I will never forget and I will be inspired by it forever.

  2. Hi, Origame,
    Wow, what a wonderful drawing and interesting post!! I heard of migrating butterflies, but did not know this. Impressive. This tiny life, how strong and precious on the earth!
    Thank you.

  3. Beautiful painting, love the dot heart that migrates 4 years and flies continents! Happy Valentines!

  4. I often wonder about the strange and wonderful world as well. In fact, just yesterday I happened upon a photo of a glasswing butterfly*! You can see through part of the wings - it is crazy. (Not nearly as flashy as a monarch, though.)

    Beautiful, delicate drawing as usual!