Spirits of glass, butterflies and ghosts

Sunlight through our upper windows illuminates glass

Another day of being alive in the North Woods.  Another day of sunlight and shadows.  Another day of learning and growing and seeing things in different ways. 

Aren’t we lucky to have new chances to view things differently?  To exchange our lens of perception and perhaps focus in on something new?  Or perhaps simply see something old in a fresh way?

Our deck and woods illuminated through the bottom and stem of a wine glass. Yep.

These photos were taken during the weekend.  First photo:  a green glass which sits on a shelf with other cocktail glasses.  (None of which has ever been used for cocktails.) One is red, another green, another blue, another silver.  I always equated them to some of the colors of our chakras.  (Go figure!)    Don’t you love the way the sun shines in on the green glass? 

Green, as some of you may know, is the color of the heart chakra and deep healing.  It is also the color of spring.  The color of nature’s forest giving birth to itself. 

Breathe deep the green.  Feel yourself coming to life again, down beneath the frozen white of your bones.  Remember the romance of spring.  Breathe deep…

Then there is the wine glass photo.  Odd angle, yes?  I occasionally enjoy a glass of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.  Apparently during those times I feel a strange desire to grab the camera and capture some convoluted angle through the prism of glass.  Cool shot this time, don’t you think?

Fallen Butterfly on Road-Walk

Now come the dead butterfly photos.  (Oh, and I have dead bird photos coming up for maybe tomorrow or the next day, as well. Prepare yourselves.)  These fallen beauties were spotted on a 1 1/2 mile hike on the road. 

You know how there are so many different kinds of walks?  There are woods walks and road walks and lake walks.  There are fast walks–let’s get those hearts pumping and calories melting!–and then there are slow walks–let’s see how much attention we can pay to everything.  There are photography walks and meditation walks and lost-in-our-head walks.

On Sunday afternoon I opted for a medium-fast road walk.  To better avoid the forest infestation of wood ticks.  To exercise.  To feel the benefits of movement.  You know.  A civilized exercise-y kind of walk.

Barry was, fortunately, going off in one direction in the car.  I hopped aboard.  He let me off 1 1/2 miles from home and I eagerly set off at a good pace.

Until the butterflies appeared.  Leaned down to capture their colors and lines.  Murmured over their butterfly-spirits.  Imagined them flying in butterfly-heavens.

Second fallen butterfly comrade

Along the road, I spotted Her.  A woman in a window, in a tiny cabin next to the road.  What…?  Who the heck was she?  There were no cars nearby…  Was it a ghost?

Look closely. Do you see the Lady in the Window?

Upon closer surveillance, it appeared to be a cut-out of a woman in the window.  I’ll bet she’s caught the attention of many travelers…

P.S.  On another note altogether, guess what happened today?  My yoga teacher decided to teach me the next level of yoga next week!  I think I’ve graduated to Intermediate Yoga, can you believe it?  OK, maybe advanced beginner!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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29 Responses to Spirits of glass, butterflies and ghosts

  1. P.j. grath says:

    These are great, Kathy. Each photo was my favorite in turn.

  2. snoopykg2 says:

    Thanks for the treasure from your walks….

    I am starting to get some on my walks with OREOZ…..the cocker spaniel. I prayed to God to have a walking companion, neighbor, of friend and I got one finally…..we have taken pictures of birds, lilacs and a few others….



  3. holessence says:

    Kathy – I LOVE the photo of the GREEN glass. That is the EXACT shade of green that I envision when I do healing work — distance or otherwise. Did you know that Archangel Raphael (also known as “Heaven’s Physician”) is associated with the color green? That (along with the healing frequency of green) is why so many healers (myself included) incorporate the color in their practice. LOVED this post! Thank you.

    Laurie Buchanan

  4. Marianne says:

    I agree, that is a cool photo through the wine glass. Very artistic Kathy! And I love your questions about seeing things in a new way. That’s my mission for this year; to see my life in a new way. Thank you once again.

    • Kathy says:

      Marianne, I know you shall succeed. Just keep taking ordinary everyday objects and moments and turning them upside down and looking at them freshly. It’s fun!

  5. Oh my Kathy another wonderful time traveling through the day with you. The bottom of the wine glass photo caught my attention as well. And congratulations on your yoga advancement 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Terrill, I love spring, don’t you? You know, maybe I got carried away with my yoga excitement. After all, I can’t even touch my toes yet! Can you touch your toes?

  6. Dawn says:

    I love the woods in the bottom of the wine glass photo! Giggle. Am preparing myself for dead birds…think I need a glass of wine for that though…

  7. Cindy Lou says:

    What a lovely post – you took me on a wander through your thoughts and your day. I, too, take differing kinds of walks and find myself thinking about what kind of walk is called for at the end of my work day….hmmmm, a meandering one, a quickly-paced stride while mumbling to myself, a meditative cruise?

    Horray for you and your yoga! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      And what kind of walk was today, Cindy? Fast or slow? I suppose the dogs set the pace a lot too. Depends if they take off running…? By the way, it would be interesting being a bird on your shoulder–a live one–listening to your mumbles. 🙂

  8. Barbara says:

    Kathy, forgive me if I’ve posted this before, but reading your blog reminds me again and again of this wonderful quote: “Within walking distance of any spot on Earth there’s probably more than enough mystery to investigate in a lifetime.” ~ Alix Kates Shulman It’s always fascinating to read about and see what discoveries your investigations will turn up next.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you for that wonderful quote, Barbara. You are such a Keeper of the Quotes. I like living life like everyday is a Mystery, a gift, a glory! (OK, sometimes succeed in feeling that…other times not so much. But today was another SCORE!)

  9. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Kathy, I love those moments of odd angles and seemingly distorted perspectives. Things that have become so familiar that they are almost invisible to us suddenly become brand new. It’s like seeing something for the first time even though it’s been right in front of us forever 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Colleen Lloyd says:

      And yeah!! for the yoga achievement:)

    • Kathy says:

      Me too, Colleen. Barry and I were just looking into that wine glass photo again a few minutes ago. You can see our deck umbrella in it very clearly (it’s squarish, light tan.) What an interesting way to look at the umbrella. Love the new ways of seeing!

  10. holessence says:

    Kathy – I’m not the only one who can do healing work — we all te innateab ility. If you slip back to Speaking from the Heart (http://holessence.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/sweep-away-bad-energy/) you will see that my dear Gaia friend Ted (who lives in New Zealand) has been told by the medical community that he has 5 months to live. I know that if we all hold sacred space for him, and send him healing energy, we can change that. Thank you.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh no, Laurie…that is terrible about Ted. I didn’t know him at Gaia, but that is awful… However, I do also know that the medical community can be wrong. Sometimes miracles do happen. Sometimes, if we are open, we are shown other ways to live. Yes. Will send him healing energy and love and pray for him so much. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. holessence says:

    Let me make that sentence clearer: We all have the innate ability …

  12. Carol says:

    You have inspired me to look at things in a new way, and to photograph new things in a new way. Do you mind if I play copycat?

  13. Tara Aarness says:

    It’s been a rough start this morning and reading this blog I feel calmer and recentered. A heartfelt thank you for taming the beast, lol. Oh, and my husband has studied entomology for 37 years and he says the butterfly in your photo is a Papilio glaucus, commonly known as an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, just in case you were wondering. 🙂

    Thanks again,


  14. Tara Aarness says:

    D’oh! Ment to mention the second butterfly, as well, but like I said, it’s been a rough morning. Lol He’s not certain, but he thinks it’s a Polygonia comma, a brush footed butterfly, commonly known as simply the comma. Great photographs, by the way!

    Tara 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Tara, thank you so much for the butterfly identification! That is way cool. I am glad to have helped tame your wild beastie. We all need folks who help tame our Wild Things, don’t we? Please stop by again!

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