October 4, 2010

Butterflies (and Caterpillars)

Over the past couple of weeks and up until now, if you happen to stop to smell the roses, you'll notice that there are many butterflies floating about.  Drive down any road, or gaze at a flowering bush, or look into canopy trees, and you'll see many black butterflies with white polka dots, or yellow butterflies, or orange monarchs fluttering in the air.  Give them more than a passing fancy and you'll observe that they are often dancing with one another.  If you're lucky, and you are careful to tread quietly, you may find them clustered together as if they were gossiping about the day's events.

They are all beautiful, but I think the prettiest of them all are the tiny little tan-gray butterflies that upon closer examination have spectacular designs on their wings.  Ahh, the little things always surprise you with their beauty!

In the trees (and shrubs) around my house, there are many caterpillars and many chrysalises.  The ficus tree out in our front yard is looking like a Christmas tree with all the chrysalises hanging like ornaments from it's leaves.  My family collected a couple of the chrysalises to see what type of butterfly will come out from them.  It's a great little experiment we're conducting and the kids (including myself) are just waiting impatiently.

In the past couple of years, I've been fortunate enough to capture these beautiful butterflies in photos and videos.  I'm not quite sure how many cycles Saipan has with it's butterflies, but looking back at my photos and videos, they seem to come out in force in September and October.

Butterflies (and caterpillars), they're a subtle part of this beautiful island, and another reason why I Luv Saipan.

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This is one of my very first videos I've put together starring the tiny beautiful butterfly that happened to fly into my kitchen.

(hu guaiya hao mama)

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