Transformation and Healing

China

China

China, an 11 year old cat and I are healing together. She was injured on July 21. We think she was attacked by a feral cat. Her left shoulder was dislocated. For the past three weeks we have been recuperating together.Yesterday I felt like I was being called to come to the woods; I stated to walk out to the forest on a weathered trail. I didn’t walk very far before I heard a meow. I turned around and saw that China was following me. This is the first day that she has been outside and  already she was going way beyond a safe zone. China is still limping and wouldn’t be able to fend off another predator in this condition. Naturally I turned around and we walked home together.

It is interesting that we have been recuperating together. China on three legs and I slowly building endurance after a medical crisis with respirator exasperation and other issues that caused a perfect storm. I have learned patience from China and I am still learning. Both of us need to pay attention and not go beyond our limits.  She had no business being out in the woods. Perhaps I too am pushing it. My goal is to walk out to see the old Boy Scout camp. It is here where a wild butterfly habitat exists now. I want to see what shape it is in. In the meantime, there is a butterfly story that follows.

My brother-in-law Jack wanted to show me something in the garden. Growing among tomato plants there was a milkweed plant; a large monarch caterpillar was munching away on milkweed leaves several days ago. Yesterday Jack again wanted to show me something.

Monarch in classic J shape

Monarch in classic J shape

A monarch caterpillar was hanging upside down on a tomato stalk. The creature was in the classic J shape that indicates that it is going into the pupa stage. This is where it splits its skeletal skin for the last time and changes into the next stage of its life cycle. The day was cloudy and rainy. The caterpillar didn’t transform itself. When I was taking a photo I accidentally bumped into the plant and the caterpillar balled itself up in a protective mode. I questioned, does the caterpillar need sun to warm its body in order to allow the caterpillar to have the energy to change? Later in the day, the heavy rains came. I hope it didn’t get dislodged from its hiding place among the tomato plants. It does have some protection from surrounding tomato leaves. For now I will observe development. There is no such thing as coincidence. All thee of us are changing, China, the caterpillar and I. Each of us is coming into new life after being injured, ill or simply transforming.

Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you are.

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Luna Moth an Etheral Beauty Photography

Luna moth in high wind

Luna moth in high wind

Luna moth
Luna moth

Two weeks ago I returned to Shell Lake, Wisconsin, from my home in Minong.

An elder stopped me and said she wanted to show me something that was perched on a brick ledge of the senior housing building. She mentioned, “I hope it is still there.”

Sleeping in the shade was a beautiful Luna moth.  I have wanted to capture a good photograph of one since 1999. Last year Sister Richelle and I saw one, a giant silkworm moth, near the building but it was all tattered and worn and I knew its life was spent and I would still need to wait.

Adults only live for about a week and do not feed according to Butterflies and Moths Organization. This one appeared to be a female. Its tummy was fat and white. The moth has two long and narrowing tails. The lime green color of the moth is striking and it has beautiful colorful eye spots.  Female antennae are smaller than males.

Over the next few days several ladies in the building asked me, “Did you see the beautiful butterfly?” They know that I work on behalf of the Green Nation and Winged Ones. Butterflies and moths may show up in our lives to show us we may be about to change and go through a transformation.   

Watch the YouTube Video on the Luna moth’s life cycle at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atOSro3_W7c

Luna moth fuzzy white tummy

Luna moth fuzzy white tummy

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