|Bow oversees all backyard activities|
Yesterday afternoon I saw a red-spotted purple butterfly in the backyard.
But coming in closer for a better look was a challenge.
First the dogs had to come in closer, and later Bow had his say, which was distracting, so that I lost sight of the butterfly.
Eventually I found it again, but the situation was less than ideal. It isn't much better on the other side of that eight foot fence, though. In the front yard, after a rain, the butterflies like to warm themselves on the outer road. That's where Nala the kitten comes in.
|Nala looks innocent while a Pearl Crescent flies right over her|
Nala will innocently plop down on the warm gravel road and start rolling around, placing herself right in the path of an oncoming pearl crescent.
The butterfly flies right over her and she hardly notices.
Sometimes Nala does seem to be interested in the butterflies, but the method that works best is not when she chases them, but when she lies still.
|Can you see the butterfly hovering right over Nala's right eye?|
It is easier to get closer to the butterflies if there is not also a cat or dog or chimpanzees in the vicinity directing all activities.
And the obeservation of a Monarch that chooses our side of the fence over the neighbors is much easier without the presence of a cat critic.
Bow's outings are important.
But so are mine.
And sometimes the views that give us the greatest peace of mind are not those closest to hand. It's not always what you can touch -- sometimes just seeing is good enough.
The wide open spaces that I don't own can give me the most perspective.