there is something magical about macro photos. they allow an opportunity to view minute details that the naked eye cannot see.
towards the end of last year i noticed a caterpillar was starting to form a chrysalis high up in a corner of my dining room. i waited and watched and waited some more.
to my delight, yesterday i discovered that a butterfly had emerged, and was sitting close to it's winter sleeping place.
this morning, on my eldest daughter's 15 birthday i noticed my butterfly just a foot off the floor on the glass pane of the patio door. i could clearly see that she was a beautiful cabbage white.
fearful that the cat may discover her resting place, i gently helped her onto my hand and away from danger. after a few gentle flutters around the room, she finally fully opened her wings to reveal her painted black spots and then flew off towards the light.
my daughter still needs me but she too is spreading her wings and is becoming more independant. we will be thinking about colleges soon and before i know it she too will be off.
am liking the parallels and it seems fitting that the butterfly chose today to venture out. it reminds me that time with my girl is precious and that the cycle of life continues. change is inevitable and my time being a mother and nuturing is all working towards the point when my daughter is confident, content and able to venture out alone to follow her own future path. i know this time is getting closer for us both and soon those apron strings that i tightly reel in close to my side will need to be finally cut.
Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl xx