Count Your Blessings!

With love and passion, everyone can have a nice garden...Elaine Yim

Count Your Blessings!
Count The Garden By The Flowers, Never By The Leaves That Fall.
Count Your Life With Smiles And Not The Tears That Roll.
..... Author unknown.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Tawny Coaster Butterfly Laying Eggs

Tawny coaster butterfly (Acraea terpsicore)

My Quote for today :
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

~Irish Blessing

To readers who happen to read this post, may you all be blessed.

This picture was taken by a friend, a young engineering undergraduate during a visit to The Secret Garden of 1 Utama, a rooftop garden that practises green concepts and technology. It is a butterfly in the process of laying eggs on the underside of a leaf. A life cycle is just about to begin and it made me realise how delicate but wonderful life is, and how beautiful nature can be. Let's do our part to take good care of our environment.

Like the saying by Richard Buckminster Fuller, "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly".

I hope that many people will think twice before they kill a caterpillar. Butterflies are pollinators, therefore beneficial insects. They are indeed "Blessings" on Mother Earth. Without them, where will we get our fruits and future generations of plants to eat?

This is my entry for Words That Inspire - An April Challenge, a meme initiated by Noel at A Plant Fanatic Blog. Do head over for more inspirations around the world.

My post today is dedicated to Ms Helen (islandgal246) of My Rustic Bajan Garden blog. She taught me how to 'catch' (photograph) butterflies in the morning. Now, I am rewarded with many butterfly pictures for my collection. May she receive this beautiful Irish Blessing each and everyday.

To my friends all over the world, Happy Easter Sunday!

April 5th is also Ching Ming Festival, a day when we visit the graves and pay respects to the ancestors. It is a Chinese tradition where quite often, it is also a family gathering of relatives from far and near, a time for reminiscing and bonding. Have a smooth and safe journey!


  1. Great capture - a new life about to begin. I enjoy seeing butterflies fluttering and then landing:)

  2. What a truly beautiful post, thank your for the awesome Irish blessing.


  3. Thanks for the beautiful Irish blessing. The butterfly is beautiful.

  4. Yes, its a pity to kill a caterpillar. I often try to safe them from my neighbours by asking them for my son.
    Eventually all caterpillars turn to butterfly when it comes to my garden.

  5. Beautiful pictures and butterflies! I love butterflies,and wish they can come to visit me and my garden more often!

  6. A beautiful post for the beginning of a new gardening year. Stunning photo.

  7. Dear Autumn Belle, This is so exciting. Although, of course, one knows that butterflies lay eggs, to have captured the process on camera is truly amazing. And I do so agree, all life, no matter what, is precious and should not be destroyed for whatever reason.

    Thank you so much for leaving such kind good wishes before my recent trip. A very Happy Easter to you!

  8. That's a really good shot! Have a great weekend.

  9. What a great photo. And a very nice post too!

  10. Thank you Autumn Belle, and may you take many many happy butterfly photos.

  11. It takes great patience to get photos such as your friend captured.

    I'm excited these days just to see a butterfly flitting about the garden. The season is near.

  12. What an amazing photo Autumn Belle - I'm going to show that one to my daughter! I agree that we should spare the caterpillars - I am happily planting things just for them to eat so one day we will have even more butterflies!

  13. Butterfly is an amazing creature, they have to go through so many changes just to become one, too bad about their short- live.

  14. Great photo! That looks like a Tawny Coaster butterfly, Autumn Belle. We have them here too.
    And I absolutely loved that quote! And I totally support your call on "dont kill the caterpillars... we need them".

  15. Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee ~ Muhammad Ali. Wowie what a perfect timing to capture this moment. tQ

  16. Hi Autumn Belle, i've been absent for a long time and this is my first visit again. It seems like i have put blogging at the background for awhile, since i am into this backpack photography thing. It was an amazing experience and i had a very funny, entertaining, wonderful group. I have some photos of flowers also from that trip, but i cant seem to find time yet for resizing and posting.

    That butterfly is a very beautiful one! Do you know that i have been enthused by them also for 2 years, that i follow them wherever they go just to get photos. I even visited a few accessible butterfly farms here in the country, and purposely went to KL's butterfly farm. When i seem to know a bit about them, i put them again at the sidelines. Now, it is blogging of flowers which i seem to put in the sideline for a while. But i will be back, promise!

  17. Nice quote and a kind blessing! Love the photo - very detailed! It still amazes me that a dull-looking caterpillar can transform into a gorgeous butterfly! I am as amused as Alice!

  18. Hello Miss Autumn Belle!

    Lovely quote and Butterfly pic! I am so happy that you shared that!


  19. The photo of the butterfly laying eggs is amazing! This is an inspirational post. Blessings to you!

  20. Great shot your friend took of the butterfly. Its very interesting to learn about the Ching Ming Festival.

  21. Wow! That's a lovely spot-on butterfly pic taken by your friend! So precious!
    I'm so delighted to have spent some wonderful moments at your blog! Especially happy too that one of your commentors, Sunita had nailed the ID of your butterfly as I have taken a pic of a similar one in December 2009 that needs a name!
    Thanks for sharing, Autumn Belle!
    Have a great week!


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