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After Larry
Butterflies were everywhere
Tully hospital and
Home gardens were their home.

After Yasi
So many trees gone in Tully and everywhere
Uprooted, turned inside out
With their skeleton roots starkly exposed

Flights of dragonflies everywhere
Clustering and descending
To adorn rocks by
Swimming pools in need of a clean

Skimming on the water
Approaching and fleeing
Varied in kaleidoscopic patterns
Attracted to handle of red net

My son is holding
Their wings – small but aerodynamically efficient
Lead me to imagine myself
One with them

But, yesterday
I saw a Cairns Bird Wing butterfly
Dancing in the garden
Remembered how plentiful they were in Feluga

They became the slip stream
To all that has been lost.

(c) June Perkins

Butterfly Chase

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Butterfly Chase - By June Perkins

I have been chasing my close-up entry for ABC Open – this might be it.  I went looking for butterflies and found them, but also found this dear little creature.

I am trying to work out if it’s a dragonfly or damselfly? It is small like a damsel, but I can’t quite see where those eyes are.  Yet the wings seem to make it more a dragonfly.  I went to visit Dragonfly Woman.  She has handy information for the difference between dragonflies and damselflies – but it seems easiest when they are side by side.

So I went to Loving Nature hoping someone there would find an answer and get back to me.  In the meantime What do you think?

My second blog for the challenge is due soon, and I think I need to have butterflies in the story – maybe the bird will see them – on  a walk with someone.  We’ll see.  I wonder what the story will be about?

Turns out the storm yesterday was a cyclone called Jasmine, which is now heading for Fiji.  It’s caused a little bit of a mess – but it’s good to know it’s on its way and I do hope it blows itself out.

(c) June Perkins