Wildlife Wednesday: Wings

Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on Lantana ‘Ham and Eggs’


“If you were born without wings,

do nothing to prevent them from growing.”

Coco Chanel


Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on Lantana ‘Miss Huff’


“Similar to a butterfly,

I’ve gone through a metamorphosis,

been released from my dark cocoon,

embraced my wings, and soared!”


Dana Arcuri



“She made broken look beautiful
and strong look invincible.
She walked with the Universe
on her shoulders and made it
look like a pair of wings.”


Ariana Dancu



“Use the wings of the flying Universe,
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.”

Dejan Stojanovic


Common Buckeye Butterfly on Verbena bonariensis


“Wings are like dreams.

Before each flight,

a bird takes a small jump, a leap of faith,

believing that its wings will work.

That jump can only be made

with rock solid feet.”


J.R. Rim



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2019



“I wanted to tell you I loved you,

but the butterflies in my stomach

swarmed my throat,

and all the words

got caught in their wings.”


Nitya Prakash


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

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