In walking the beach, one encounters moments of grace, scenes in nature that define beauty. Today is the appearance late in the season of beautiful butterflies — Gulf fritillaries. Butterflies don’t like cool mornings and are generally inactive until the day warms. But these blithe creatures are busy, visiting autumn’s waning wildflowers in quest of nectar. For me, it is a moment of grace, watching two butterflies in particular, flying among withering yellow blossoms of golden asters.
Diary, fall 2016
From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher,
email: email@example.com. Collections of Mr. Thatcher’s observations are available from Quail Ridge Press, www.quailridge.com or 800-343-1583.