Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Unfading Beauty

















"All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all
He gave us eyes to see them
And lips that we might tell
How great is God almighty
Who has made all things well


I took these pictures of a Tiger Swallowtail this past spring when our lilac bush was in bloom. He flitted around from bloom to bloom for quite some time. So very beautiful, but here is something that is even more beautiful to God.

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment...Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." 1 Peter 3






42 comments:

Rose said...

your photos are very beautiful. the poem fits well with the post. yes, we should look beyond outer beauty. thanks for your comment on my post re dogs. jack russells are very hyper. he can get too wild but he makes us laugh.rose

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful look back at spring Ginny. The swallowtail on the lilacs is a beautiful sight. And I love that poem.

Stacey Dawn said...

Don't you just love butterflies? They are so magical I think...lovely!

Fred Alton said...

Truly the most radiant beauty comes from within. Nothing external can make a bitter person pretty! Not long ago I learned the rest of a small adage I'd heard most of my life on the subject of beauty. "Beauty is only skin deep,
Ugly is to the bone
Beauty fades away
But ugly holds it's own!"

reanaclaire said...

When God can take care of all the animals, the birds and the fishes, He can surely take care of us...

DawnTreader said...

Beautiful, soft colours, Ginny. Scrolling down this post I was wondering whether you have lilacs in bloom NOW, but then you answered that at the bottom... Yes, it's good to look back sometimes... :)

Smita Srivastava said...

Beautiful !!!

Mildred said...

Such pretty photos Ginny. I love the words to the song also. Have a blessed day.

Jane said...

Gorgeous, Ginny!

Jane

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Ginny,these are so pretty.I can almost smell those fragrant lilac blossoms.This is nature at its' best.
Blessings,Ruth

pam said...

Beautiful. I've been trying to get photos of all the varieties of butterflies hovering around our butterfly bushes but they are too fast for me...I must be slow on the draw.

From the Kitchen said...

Beautiful! The detail is amazing. I'm impressed with the crispness (is that a photography term?) in the photo on your header--the leaves, the flower and the butterfly--are all seemingly perfect!!

Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

well HE certainly adorned with beauty these flowers and butterflies. so beautiful. and i love that scripture. these are just like stacey said, magical

Mary said...

Your photos are beautiful, Ginny. The detail is pectaculat. You asked about the trip. We'll be gone for a month. The time will be spent in India, Nepal and Tibet. I'm getting very excited. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

srp said...

I love your photos of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail... perhaps I will post the pictures I took at the botanical garden of the caterpillar that is the precursor....

Of course my favorite verse to go with the caterpillar would be Romans 12:2 ~ Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

George said...

These are beautiful pictures of the butterfly. You did a wonderful job of capturing it as it flitted around your bush. Thanks for sharing the hymn as well.

Silence Sings said...

Dear Ginny...those are wonderful and beautiful.....Butterfles are always a grt wonder to me when I see their beauties....they are truly amazing....I have visited a butterfly exhibition in the Zoo and have a collection of good snaps of them...have the plan to post it soon..and share with you all.....

Silence Sings said...

Dear Ginny I don't know the names.. i am in search of the names of the flowers...

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, Excellent photographs and verse today! Have a bright and wonderful Fall day today!

Remington said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous pictures of the butterfly and Lilac bush, Ginny.... AND--I love that hymn.. It's one of my favorites...

Hope you are having a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

THE OLD GEEZER said...

The Tiger Swallowtail is my all time favorite butterfly. Great photos :-)

S. Etole said...

these are wonderful, Ginny ...

Kilauea Poetry said...

These are gorgeous! Sigh..I'm greated by more lizards and slugs than the lovely flutter-by! A delightful header Ginny!

Ann said...

I have not seen a lilac flower so close up, thanks Ginny. The first time I saw them in Canada, I really loved them.

Every morning, my son and I make a warm 1/2 a lemon plus one tablespoon Active Manuka Honey drink before I drink or eat anything else. People tell me this is good. If the tree runs out, I substitute this with apple cider.

I still get my fair share of colds and flus, so I don't know if this is any good.

I do not cook with my lemons. I think it is during the winter months when I don't have fruits.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Woops..that is a nice verse and hymn too..I'm sure I remember the latter being in one of the childrens story books we had?

Together We Save said...

Such a beautiful poem to go with your beautiful pictures.

Doris Sturm said...

Those are lovely photos - the butterfly is beautiful and I just love Lilacs! They're my favorites!

photowannabe said...

There is something so magnificient about a butterfly. Great capture.

Melanie said...

Those are such beautiful pictures!! Lilacs are my favorites! :)

Karin said...

Another beautiful post. I close my eyes and I can smell the lilacs! That butterfly is simply gorgeous and I'm glad you got a photo op. Love your poem and verse!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Ginny I love taking photos of butterflies but so often they will not agree to pose so well for me! Your lilac bush must have been very attractive to this beautiful Tiger Swallowtail and he did not want to fly away! :)
Beautiful photos!

Chatty Crone said...

I love butterflies because they mean change - you start out - work hard - and then you become beautiful - right? sandie

LC said...

Hi Ginny, Love how you mix your photos with snippets of your observations and close with an on-target scripture. You really do see God in your everyday life and share it so well. Good eye; good heart! And thanks for visiting my blog.

@srp- Romans 12: 1-2 was my "strong tower" during the challenges of my own caterpillar stage during the teenage years (many years ago!). God is faithful!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

What beautiful photos and we love the "all things bright and beautiful" reminder.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Glenda said...

Beautiful pics of springtime!!

Don't you wish people really believed that Scripture? It's disturbing to see so many of our young people growing up so focused on trying to be beautiful by following the world's ever-changing standards. And I'm in no way trying to say we shouldn't do our best to look our best!

kanak7 said...

You got some amazing shots! That's a beautiful swallowtail...wish we had the same here. The lilacs, wow, the blooms are stunning!

janie said...

magnificent photos, I've never seen a tiger swallowtail,so beautiful.

Two of Us said...

So cool!

Krista said...

Absolutely spectacular! I love these photos!

ruthi said...

beautiful! can't get tired of butterflies.

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