Thursday, August 19, 2010

flutterby

It started innocently enough with some flowers my boy picked from the marina gardens.
But each morning and each evening I found myself wiping away some mysterious droppings from the table under the flowers. Yup, mystery poo.
And then she revealed herself. Another wildlife turn temporary pet for our little family.
So having been through the monarch cycle before, we went to our local woods and got some milkweed and set up shop.
He watched and waited and sketched.
And then one morning we even got to see the actual process of this caterpillar forming its chrysallis!
And finally about 9 days later, she emerges...
Zach declared that her name shall be Rosalina.
So we called our neighbor boat kids over and shared in the joy of releasing her.

Pure magic.

10 comments:

Joy said...

That's exciting...even if it isn't the first time. She's beautiful. :)

momma rae said...

beautiful! we love that book. ;) those stamps look really neat, too.

wendyusuallywanders said...

The plant with orange flowers that your caterpillar was on is butterfly weed...in the milkweed family. Yummy for the butterfly once transformed :-)

Anonymous said...

Sooo, cool! I love following your blog! We live on a sailboat with 3 children! I enjoy seeing you creative stuff you do! Kim
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Bethany said...

Fantastic! (Except the mystery poo). Love the sketches, too.

boatbaby said...

Momma Rae - the stamped wooden lifecycle pieces came from MamaRoots http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaroots

Wendy - thank you! I would have never known that. Now we know where to look for more. :)

Anon/Kim - welcome! I tried find your blog via the link you provided but it did not work. Point me in the right direction!

Lily boot said...

Beautiful Cindy. I am in constant awe at the the lovely, simple, rich with experiences life you provide for your wee family. And zach never ceases to delight with his gentle enthusiasm and love for nature. Shhh lovely way to start my day. We're off to plant black currants, fox gloves and strawberries :-). Have a lovely day xx

Moment to Moment said...

I have yet to enjoy observing this magic transformation with my children. How lovely!!!
:) Christina

Eliza said...

Very neat! We have a lot of monarchs in the neighborhood and Ingrid loves to watch them, but we haven't yet had the good fortune of stumbling on a caterpillar. That will be a treasure when it happens!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Magic indeed. That is awesome!
Nicola

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