Tuesday, August 29, 2017

T stands for Transformation..



and nothing transforms like a butterfly...the metamorphosis is symbolic to so many cultures and religions. The butterfly offers an explanation of the life cycle, and in Christian faiths a symbol of resurrection. In Asian culture, butterflies symbolize long life and love. Native Americans see the butterfly as a symbol of color, change and joy. For them, wishes whispered to the butterfly rise to the heavens. To many people throughout the world, the butterfly symbolizes hope and change. Is it any wonder that I am always on the lookout for them?

On our day trip to Ogunquit, I saw some beautiful gardens, lots of color, the ocean, and butterflies...
spotted some butterflies...
These butterflies were fluttering around in the beautiful gardens outside the Ogunquit Museum of American art. The sculpture garden, flowers and view were amazing.

Art and Nature combined..

From here we walked the Marginal Way at Ogunquit, another of my favorite spots...

Spectacular view...
This may be my favorite scenic photo that I have ever taken...it makes me happy just to look at it! Then it was on to the beach. On the way home we stopped at Stonewall Kitchens to pick up some goodies...jams and maple butters. I absolutely love the flower gardens outside.

more butterflies...
The gardens are small but colorful. I especially loved the zinnias...



such fabulous color!
The weather was perfect, and the company couldn't be beat! Breakfast and Lunch at two of our favorite spots...I'll drink to that...
our beverage of choice...

and a little calligraphy practice of a poem in honor of butterflies, a bluebird feather I found, loved ones, and angels among us...
serendipity

I was also inspired by the poetry in motion challenge over at Art Journal Journey, and thought this worked nicely. This allowed me to practice calligraphy, use some Italian paper, and work on my computer skills (a bit).
 May a butterfly take flight with wishes up to the heavens. Happy t day to Bluebeard and Elizabeth and friends.





35 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a beautiful day in Ogunquit. The flowers and butterflies are gorgeous. Love the saying you calligraphed. Happy T Day

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  2. such a lovely post-the flowers are just so beautiful and I love butterflies very much too I have been planting a small butterfly garden for them loved the poem too Happy T Day Kathy

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    1. I am planning on planting some more butterfly attractors next year! Good luck to both of us!

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  3. The flowers and butterflies are so beautiful and a great poem and handwriting!
    Nice to see you at AJJ and T-S-F-T Nan!
    Happy rest of your week!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thank you Susie. Nice to take part in the AJJ challenge and TSTF. Happy weekend to you also!

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  4. What a beautiful post and page, thanks for sharing a little bit of heaven with us today! I adore the calligraphy and pretty feathers and butterflies that you created for Art Journal Journey and the quote speaks of such happy serendipity 😁. The gardens look so lovely too and I think that butterfly may have been following you around ...lol πŸ˜‰. The views, statues and sculptures are spectacular, I love how you have captured the beauty in your photos - perfect! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at AJJ and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

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    1. More like I was following themπŸ˜‰ but it was a fun day!

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  5. What a beautiful place you visited, thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie. Perfect day!😊

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  6. Gorgeous photos.....I think your favorite is also mine.*grin*
    LOVE the journal page.
    Happy T-day

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    1. Thank you Kris, very happy to share the lovely day!

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  7. an all around lovely post. The gardens are so beautiful and I agree that your photo with the sailboat is spectacular! Butterflies do have such symbolism and hope ...
    your calligraphy is gorgeous, boy to be able to write like that...happy T day!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Your pages always inspire me too! Happy weekend!

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  8. I really enjoyed your trip to Ogunquit, where the flowers were fantastic and the butterflies felt at home. Like you, I fell in love with that photo of the ocean with the flowers in the foreground. It's a beautiful shot, and prize winning in my belief.

    Your calligraphy is fabulous. Very beautiful. And of course, I really enjoyed seeing your raspberry lemon drink which looked very refreshing to me. Thanks for sharing it, as well as your trip to Ogunquit and the ocean, too with us for T this Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! You always make me feel so special! Truly grateful! Hope you are feeling better! Happy weekend!

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  9. I love gardens, and your photos capture the beauty. That one with the sailboat, I agree, is special. Zinnias are a favorite of mine, too :)

    Happy T Tuesday

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    1. Thank you! I love how the center of the zinnias look like a crown. Perfection in nature. Happy weekend!

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  10. Oh, how lovely that Ogunquit is close enough for a day trip! You have several gorgeous photos in this post. I'm always looking out for butterflies as well, and I appreciate reading about the different meanings different groups attach to them.

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    1. Ogunquit is one of my favorite local places. My husband always treats me to a full day from morning to night for my birthday or our anniversary, unless we are in Ireland. I love it!Thank you for the compliment. I take so much inspiration from your photographs. I learn alot by looking at yours. Happy weekend!

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  11. What a fabulous place to visit! I loved seeing the butterflies but I can see why that scene was your favourite! Your lettering is wonderful! Happy T day! Chrisx

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    1. Thank you Chris! I love it there and was happy to share our special day!

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  12. Beautiful photos from your trip, the flowers and butterflies looked lovely. The poem you shared is super and so is your calligraphy.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Thank you Yvonne. I enjoy your blog too and hope to do one of your challenges. Happy weekend!

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  13. what beautiful flower and butterfly photos! I do love the colorful zinnias, and you've done a great job capturing them. Lovely calligraphy too...happy T day!

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    1. Thank you so much Dianne. I take alot of photos. It was fun choosing which ones to post. Happy weekend!

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  14. I've never been to this museum in Ogunquit. Your flower shots are just gorgeous. I think some of these flowers are just works of art in themselves. The colors and the details are pretty amazing. Sounds like a great day out. Happy T day. Erika

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    1. Thank you Erica. You definitely should take it in. Beautiful! I will post some pictures of the art next week. Happy weekend.

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  15. oh yes, Butterfly are real gems! i was out in nature yesterday (so: happy belated t-day) and saw lot of butterflies, too, but unfortunately didn´t get one single photo shot, they were kidding me...:)

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    1. Thank you Johanna... happy you were out in nature😊 I just kept snapping.. advice from a friend. They have proven to be very elusive. At some point want a close up! Happy weekend!

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  16. What beautiful butterflies. I love them. The flowers are gorgeous too.
    I had to google Ogunquit, and it ooks like a wonderful place. Lovely beaches too.
    I even had to google kombucha as I had no idea what it was. (I know now).
    We are still travelling. At the moment though at our daughter's house,and she is busy today, so I have time to spend at the computer.
    Happy belated T-Day,
    hugs,
    Lisca

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    1. Thank you Lisca. I am addicted to Kombucha. Enjoy your vacation. The wedding looked fun!

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  17. Gorgeous photos, Nan! The zinnias up close are amazing. It's like there's a ring of tiny flowers in the center of each big flower. I never noticed that before.

    I loved all your thoughts about butterfly symbolism. I recently did a mixed media tribute to a friend who passed away, Anita Rising. It features a butterfly rising from a broken box (her broken body).

    Lovely post.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    1. Thank you Eileen. The ring of flowers reminds me of a crown. I love the butterfly symbolism too..and dragonflies too! Your mixed media is so inspiring! Thanks for visiting my blog!😊 Happy weekend!

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  18. At the moment though at our daughter's house,and she is busy today, so I have time to spend at the computer.


    jav

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