When Angels Pass

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. 
~George Elliot 

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

in the light

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. 

~ Charles Dickens


Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.  

~Author Unknown


Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

~James Levin

I see a gem

 I look at my myself; and see a stone, I look at my friends and see gold, But I look at you, and see a gem.


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The Flower

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. 

~Jean Giraudoux

Caterpillar Tales, Little Annie and the Orphans

I decided to clean Annie and the Orphans' box  a few hours ago as they had all by now disappeared under the mud, and all the bark in there was just in the way.
When I lifted one piece of bark I found three neat balls of mud attached to it, three of the Orphans had attached their cocoons to the bark at mud level and had woven around themselves a cocoon consisting of little grains of sand and mud woven together with silk!
They were still moving around in there (I could see them through little gaps in the mud wall) and hadn't reached the pupa stage yet.

The balls of mud are firm to the touch (I did not dare press to hard on them though) and are peppered with the caterpillar's spines which they have obviously shed. The inside of the cocoon seems to be lined with silk (from what I can tell through the gaps) while the outside is mud and the spines. These three are the only ones that made their cocoons 'above ground' (above the layer of mud in their box), the rest have buried themselves and have presumably made the same cocoons 'underground'.

Annie and the Orphans

Annie and the Orphans have all buried themselves in the mud and are now pupating.
I wish I could photograph the process of pupation but I do not want to disturb them at this stage.
I will keep posting the latest on their development though, and hopefully will have some photographs of them soon.

Caterpillar Tales, Introductions, Little Annie and the Orphans


Little Annie was at my doorstep, trying desperately to get in. I popped Annie into a jar and went off to look for more of her kind. Its usually easy to keep caterpillars in a jar or box and feed them regularly if you know what it is that they eat, and as most caterpillars can be found pretty close to their food-source, its not hard figuring out what will be on the menu for them. Little Annie, however was nowhere near a food source (unless she was living off my doormat) and if I wanted her to survive, I had to find more of her kind, hopefully on or near something that they eat.

What I eventually found (after a very short search) was a whole bunch of cute furry caterpillars, all headed for the 'safe' sanctuary of my doormat! I whisked each one up, knowing by now, that they were probably looking for a safe, quiet place to pupate.

I put them in a box filled with mud and lots of bark (not knowing what they preferred to pupate in) and left them there. They seemed quite content because they draped themselves along the bark, looking quite comfortable, and a few hours later I found the last of the orphans busily burying itself in the mud in preparation for the BIG CHANGE.

Caterpillar Tales, Introductions, Grace

Grace is a Plain-Jane kinda gal who lives in the Pomegranate tree. She spends her day stretched out along the branches, pretending to be just a bump in the bark, and quietly nibbles the pomegranate leaves like a gentle, graceful little lady.

Caterpillar Tales, Introductions, Valentino

I found Valentino busily munching on the leaves of a Spider-Lily plant. He is the sweetest looking caterpillar I have ever seen and has the softest, most velvety skin...like a combination of chamois leather and a baby's cheek!!!
Valentino was named 'Valentino' because one of the white spots on his body forms a cute, almost perfect little Valentine heart!!...although, quite like his name, Valentino is a chubby, healthy little fellow as well...

Caterpillar Tales, Introductions, Harry

First up, Harry the Hairy Caterpillar.
I found Harry munching away at a specific weed that grows very close to the ground. I left him there for a few days and when I got back, the weed was gone (presumably devoured by Harry) and Harry was missing (presumably in search of another weed to demolish).
I looked for him and finally found him by the simple process of rummaging through similar looking weeds.

Caterpillar Tales

Having found a whole range of caterpillars busily munching through the greenery that surrounds me, I have decided to deviate a little from my usual theme to document their lives. While I will continue to post inspirational quotes along-with my photographs, I will also keep posting updates on the caterpillars which have wormed their way into my heart.

I am incredibly interested in finding out what all the different caterpillars will turn into!


"Small, but Perfectly Formed"


Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  
-Anthony J. D'Angelo

The small Things

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  
~Winston Churchill


To cherish what remains of the earth and to foster its renewal is the only legitimate hope of our survival.

~Wendell Berry

Bum Chums

A year, ten years from now, I'll remember this; not why, only that we were here like this, together.

~Adrienne Rich
I'm going away for ten days, shall hopefully have lots of new pictures to post when I get back!


Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing

~Pablo Picasso


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Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each otherbut in looking outward together in the same direction.

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

At Rest

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.

~Spanish Proverb


If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

~Vincent Van Gogh

Nature's Beauty

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

~Rachel Carson


The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once

-Albert Eisenstein

Our Horizons

we all live under the same sky,
but we don't all have the same horizon.

-Konrad Adenauer


The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of colour

-Hans Hofmann


It is not the form that dictates the colour, but the colour that brings out the form

-Hans Hoffman

True Strength

True strength is delicate

-Louise Nevelson

Instant Karma

Moonrise over the sea

we all shine on
like the moon and the stars and the sun

-John Lennon

Beauty of Life

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.

-Ashley Smith
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Heaven on Earth

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.

-Edward Abbey

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If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another

His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama


Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.

Thomas Edison

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.

-Kahlil Gibran


Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you

-Nathaniel Hawthorne


...we need silence to be able to touch souls

-Mother Teresa


The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.

- Edwin Way Teale


First you need only look: Notice and honour the radience of everything about you... Play in this universe. Tend to all these shining things around you: The smallest plant, the creatures and objects in your care. Be gentle and nurture. Listen...

-Anne Hillman


Beware of the person who can't be bothered by details.

-William Feather


Every blade of grass has it's Angel that bends over it and whispers 'Grow, grow'

-The Talmud


True wisdom consists in not departing from nature but in molding ourselves according to her laws


To be a Star

To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and dont worry about the darkness, for that is when stars shine the brightest



The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

-Blaise Pascal


Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you
-Walt Whitman

The Location of the Little Fish

The location of the little fish!!

Find the Fish

...a closer crop of the coral garden, to help you find the little fish...