The Dark Crystal! - Monarch Chrysalis - NZ by AndreaEL

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Extraordinary Transformation part 3
Cinderella spent most of her life working, cleaning, washing, eating and sleeping, only to be transformed at the end of the story by her fairy godmother.
Pinocchio began life as a wooden puppet and with the help of some special magic, became a beautiful little boy.
It is worth remembering that transformation does not only happen in children’s fairy tales, it happens within you and with the people you know and love.

Our own transformation is sometimes harder to see because it may be the breaking of old habits and the achievement of new personal goals, rather than the appearance of a pumpkin-based coach and four glistening white horse/mice at our front door.

Nature provides us with a free-to-view window into the world of extraordinary transformation every day, if we will take a moment to pause and take a look.

I believe that one of the most stunning examples of transformation is the creation of a Monarch Butterfly. To even attempt to imagine what is actually taking place inside the Chrysalis can cause one’s brain to hurt.
Let’s stop and look at the facts for a moment:
-A butterfly lays a microscopic egg on the underside of a plant
-The egg hatches into a teeny-tiny caterpillar that would fit onto the head of a pin
-The caterpillar consumes the egg, then the leaf, and grows very rapidly
-It attaches itself to a branch of the plant, morphs into a Chrysalis
-Then it emerges as a stunning, perfectly formed Monarch Butterfly!
How on earth does a caterpillar, turn into a semi-liquid, then re form into a butterfly?
How does it know “which bit goes where?”

This has to be one of the most miraculous examples of transformation on earth!
In order to witness and record this state-of-the-art transformation first hand, we have acquired a Swan Plant (Milkweed), complete with caterpillars, and will be photographing and releasing images onto RedBubble as the action happens.
I hope you enjoy our journey through the life cycle of a Monarch Butterfly.
The Chrysalis is now changing in colour
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 26th 2011
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 joint British and American fantasy film directed by puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz, creators of The Muppet Show.

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture. I can almost feel the anticipation of the coming out. :o)

  • Thank you Bunny for your lovely kind words & support much appreciated. It is so exciting, it will be a first for me to see the entire process from Caterpillar to Butterfly.

    – AndreaEL

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...about 4 years ago

    Just a good write marvelous and so good and the capture heavenly just all beautiful indeed….all lov eNormaje.

  • Thank you Normaje for your lovely kind words & support much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture, I have never scene one of these. Wonderful info…. :o)

  • Thank you Rebecca for your lovely kind words & support much appreciated. A first for me too.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    A wonderful addition to your series!

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely kind words & support much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Andrea, just as I remember to gold spots against the blue green.

  • Thank you John for your lovely kind words & support much appreciated. The gold spots are just amazing in real life.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding close up

  • Thank you Byron for your lovely kind words & support much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Amazing, is that condensation on it?

  • Thank you Colin for your kind comment, much appreciated. No not condensation, I spray the plants to keep the humidity, it gets to over 30 degrees in our sun room some days.

    – AndreaEL

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 4 years ago

    A fantastic capture! Perfect macro!

  • Thank you Pamela for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 4 years ago

    outstanding work Andrea

  • Thank you Lynn for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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