Papilio glaucus

Enjoy these images of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail — which spent a good deal of time drinking (?) out of the surprisingly fecund cracks between the bricks in Prospect Park — as I slip out this morning from behind the Backyard and Beyond desk to get married.“Arrival is the culmination of the sequence of events, the last in the list, the terminal station, the end of the line. And the idea of arrival begets questions about the journey and how long it took. Did it take the dancer two hours to dance the ballet, or two hours plus six months of rehearsals, or two hours plus six months plus a life given over to becoming the instrument that could, over and over, draw lines and circles in the air with precision and grace? Sumi-e painters painted with famous speed, but it took decades to become someone who could manage a brush that way, who had that feel for turning leaves or water into a monochromatic image. You fall in love with someone and the story might be how you met, courted, consummated, but it might also be how before all that, time and trouble shaped both of you over the years, sanded your rough spots and wore away your vices until your scars and needs and hopes came together like halves of a broken whole.” ~ Rebecca Solnit, in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness 

13 Responses to “Papilio glaucus”


  1. 1 Ellen June 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Wow! Congratulations to you & M!

  2. 2 Kathleen June 13, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Wow! Congratulations to you and your bride! Exciting news! 😊

  3. 3 Michele Dreger June 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

  4. 4 Erin June 13, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Many congrats to you! Best wishes to you both!

  5. 5 Sharon Bixby June 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Beautiful images. Wishing you both a lifetime of joy.

  6. 6 Karl Madden June 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations! I love the Solnit quote.

  7. 7 Leslie E. Farragher June 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    A partner in nature! Congratulations!

  8. 8 mthew June 13, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you all, friends and readers!

  9. 9 Peggy Herron June 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Wow Wishing you and your partner many happy seasons together .

  10. 10 Jose Conde June 14, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Many congratulations Mathew to you both. Thanks for the quote and energy. The Earth needs more like u!

  11. 11 Jose Conde June 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

    PS – I’d play Cuban music for free for ya to celebrate. I’m in the slope! Paz! http://www.olafresca.com

  12. 13 kathleen June 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Congratulations! 🎉🍾🍸


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