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Red Spotted Purple Butterfly by Bonnie T.  Barry

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My cousin Mary lived her entire life in a wheelchair. She was a sweet gentle spirit who died as a young adult. Her mother missed her terribly and so did her sisters. A red spotted purple butterfly began to “visit” their garden shortly thereafter, and the sight of it brought my cousins and my Aunt Lucille such joy and peace they took it as a comforting sign from heaven that Mary was sending smiles and love their way. Today, this red spotted purple literally kept running into me as I was trying to make my way to a flower bed to do some weeding. Well, it got my attention alright, so I put away the gardening tools, came inside to grab my camera, and starting clicking away. It lingered and lingered and was so accommodating, something that I’m not accustomed to seeing with the butterflies in my yard. I enjoyed my little visitor so much, and I’d like to dedicate this image to Mary and my Aunt Lucille who has since passed away. I think of them every time I see the blue butterfly named “Red Spotted Purple.” Maybe they were just dropping in to say hello to me today and to bring smiles and love, via a butterfly, from heaven. Maybe Mary was telling me, “I can walk now, and I can fly!”


  • photosbylefty
    photosbyleftyover 6 years ago

    beautiful capture Bonnie

  • photosbylefty
    photosbyleftyover 6 years ago

    beautiful capture Bonnie

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    Stunning ….great shot wonderful butterfly and very nice story

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    Stunning ….great macro shot wonderful butterfly and very nice story

  • Gaby Swanson  Photography
    Gaby Swanson ...over 6 years ago

    beautiful capture Bonnie

  • Grinch/R. Pross
    Grinch/R. Prossover 6 years ago


  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 6 years ago

    What a lovely poignant story Bonnie and what a wonderful dedication! A stunning capture of this gorgeous butterfly! How nice of it to model for you! ;o)

  • Sheryl Kasper
    Sheryl Kasperover 6 years ago

    It is gorgeous. I have never seen one like this before. I love the colors.

  • Gregg Williams
    Gregg Williamsover 6 years ago

    What a nice story to go with this beautiful butterfly. It does look like it is posing for you.

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 6 years ago

    Oh Bonnie, what a special thing to happen! and such a gorgeous butterfly, your image is stunning and priceless!

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