My Sunday Photo – Week 27.

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What a journey; from tiny caterpillars to beautiful Painted Ladies – and all in the space of a few weeks.

As previous posts attest, I love butterflies and the kit was one of my birthday presents but all the generations of our family have enjoyed watching them grow – from Freya right up to my dad. My mother-in-law, who was visiting last weekend, was genuinely sad that she missed seeing the first butterfly emerge by an hour.

We kept them on top of our big bookcase away from direct sunlight, drafts and little hands but where we could easily keep an eye on them.

They had been chrysalides for so long I was beginning to think that nothing was going to happen. In fact, I walked towards the netted tube and said to Mark: “I think they are all dead….oh, apart from this one which is now a butterfly.” Then, one by one, they all appeared, emerging with their wings all scrunched up and then gradually unfolding.

It was with a mixture of sadness and happiness that we set them free this week. I hadn’t expected to grow attached to them – it’s not like they were pets – but I got used to watching them in their various stages and looking after them.

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“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
Proverb.
Photalife
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33 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – Week 27.

    1. Thank you! I was thinking about you yesterday. One of my Facebook friends got married and she looked like she had such a fabulous day. I hope planning is still going well 🙂

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  1. Awww!! I keep meaning to buy Evie one of these kits, mind you she would probably not let them go, she would get very attached too. Your pictures are lovely Tara, I especially love the one of Freya looking in – such anticipation xx

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  2. I love that quote at the end and how lovely to watch the caterpillars turn into butterflies. Love the final photo of Freya looking at the butterfly and the close-ups 🙂

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  3. I had no idea you could get kits like this. That’s a wonderful idea for children to learn about butterflies. And to have them so close to photograph must have been wonderful. Thanks for sharing Tara. I’ll be popping this on my things-to-buy list for Alex!

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  4. Hi Tara, I never knew there was such a thing as a butterfly growing kit! It must have been fascinating to watch them go go through the stages and it’s one sure way of getting a photograph of a butterfly without having to join the Ministry of Silly Walks!

    Your photos are lovely too, and the expression o Freya’s face in that last one is priceless.

    xx

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    1. Seeing the changes up close was a wonderful experience. The caterpillars were so small when they arrived in the post and within days were massive! Incredible transformation.

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  5. Awww how wonderful. I bet it was so much fun to watch them! I love that lost photo it’s just fab!

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