This is one of the first photo's I downloaded to my first ever online gallery, which I actually started in PBase. However during the time I was working on my gallery there, someone who's gallery I was admiring, mentioned that his photo's looked much better to him on Smugmug. I found I liked SmugMug much better as well, so I decided to bring all my pictures here instead.
I took shots of this butterfly feeding off my Lavender plant one afternoon in the early fall when all my other plants had withered and lost all their appeal to the insects that regularly visited my yard. I'm especially impressed with the toughness of my lavender plant as for all the world it looked dead to me after the harsh winter we had in 08'. But the people I hired to do the original landscaping said it was still very much alive and just needed pruning off the dead parts, and sure enough when the weather warmed up it shot out wonderfully fragrant flowers just like the year before. This experience helped teach me that judging whether something has enough left in the tank to be worth saving is a task best left to the experts (the spiritual application to this little story was certainly not lost on me to be sure).
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