I decided to take a walk through the meadow for today’s #NatureDoodlewash and look at the butterflies. I’ve always been fascinated with these creatures. They’re such a wondrous sight, as if flowers grew tired of being planted all day and decided to say, “screw it! We’re out of here!” And the fact that they start out as a caterpillar is just even more amazing. Nature always has a plan and can really make some amazing transformations happen. That a strange little worm could turn into a beautiful flower gave me much hope and comfort during my awkward teen years.
As a kid, it seemed that butterflies were everywhere. Monarchs would be sailing through the air, fresh from their winter vacations in Mexico. But sadly, there are fewer of them today and there’s even been talk of extinction. Luckily they’ve rebounded some this year, but the human obsession for pesticides is still causing numbers to decline. I hope the butterflies will survive us. I can’t imagine a world without them. They are such an elegant reminder of the beauty nature creates in the world.
I’ve never really studied chaos theory, but I like the general idea of the “butterfly effect” – that small causes can affect large change. Some days, life seems like a celebration and other days it seems like nothing went right at all. On those bad days, I think about the butterfly effect and hope that some tiny thing I did might have caused something really wonderful to happen somewhere else. In this place I imagine, the day feels like a celebration, and I’m somehow part of making that happen. Somewhere I’ve never been before, far across a meadow full of butterflies.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Permanent Pale Green, Sap Green, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, Pyrrol Red and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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