Butterfly Blues and Seeing Red

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s very colorful here. About a week ago, I decided to check out the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, which is lovely and tropical (and very popular). Of course my favorite butterflies were an iridescent blue–you know how much I like blue!–but they were so fast, they proved nearly impossible to photograph. Here’s probably my best shot .  ↓

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

Not amazing, I know. I actually even started to get irritated, both with the butterflies and with the people in the way of my shots, before realizing how ridiculous that was. By deciding I absolutely had to have a perfect photo of this one kind of butterfly, I was completely missing the whole experience. And seriously? Angry with butterflies?

Besides there was plenty of orange to be seen . . . Koi at Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

Flamingo at Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

And if that wasn’t enough nature, I knew I could easily find a pelican posing at the harbor.  ↓Pelican Posing

And how about a bit of fun red:

Key West Cruising
Key West Cruising

We, along with Tom and Lexi, met this guy one night at a local restaurant and he promised us a ride if we’d flag him down, but he already had a passenger, so maybe another time. Anyway, super friendly guy.

Seeing his bright red car directly after my unsuccessful blue butterfly photo shoot made me smile and think of the expression “seeing red.” How quickly I can get annoyed when things don’t go exactly the way I want. But of course I’m not the only one. The other day we were headed home from one of our walks when we saw a woman in a car completely lose her cool, honking and yelling at the car in front of her to get out of the way. A woman on a bike then yelled at her to take it easy, so she yelled back and flipped her off. Yikes. Another day in paradise.

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. ∼Ambrose Bierce

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. ∼Mark Twain

And I couldn’t resist this one:

Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things. ∼George Carlin

Of course I know there are serious things in this world that absolutely deserve an angry response and serious action, but if we tend to get caught up in the small irritations, how do we have time to deal with the important issues? So to soothe the savage beast in all of us, here’s a bit more blue and orange, with just a hint of red. Maybe it can remind us to try to keep the unrighteous anger in check!

Sunset from Sunset Pier
Sunset from Sunset Pier

Wishing you peace!



6 thoughts on “Butterfly Blues and Seeing Red”

    1. Haha! Turns out your daughters are not the only children afraid of butterflies. Didn’t see that one coming! Once the girls become comfortable with them, we’ll go back to the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver. It is pretty great.

  1. Perhaps my favorite posting yet Sunny – how you seamlessly flow from those %($)$ uncooperative blue butterflies to George Carlin, I don’t know. But such a great life lesson so beautifully written. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

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