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Some things simply give you access to joy and make the world right. I was debating whether to risk the wrists in the garden this afternoon. The sun was warm, the light just perfect, the garden messy and in desperate need of its pre-winter trim and tidy… But I should have remembered; this is Nature’s garden, not mine.

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But as I went out, armed with the roll of bags and pruners, a cloud of butterflies flew up from the valerian. They do this to me every year… And the valerian seems to have decided to flower again… and there is a huge swathe of it at the front of the house that self seeded there. I left it because I love it, and so do the butterflies and bees… not so much the passers by where it spills onto the path… but the local children like to see the fluttering creatures.

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I ditched the bags and shears… there was no way I could bring myself to destroy this haphazard tumble of beauty. It fits no plan, conforms to no gardeners’ design and is undoubtedly untidy. Brambles wind through, creeping in where I cannot reach without destrying the flowers… but the birds like the berries and so do I…

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I reached instead for the camera, delighting in the furry bodies of the butterflies and the delicate details captured better by the lens than my screen-tired eyes. There must have been thirty of then, from cabbage whites to peacocks and red admirals… honey and bumble bees, and the fattest red tailed bee I have ever seen. A red kite keened just overhead, swooping between the houses before sailing high again… just feet away…  and between the colours and the beauty and the bird, I felt the joy bubbling over and spilling down my cheeks. There are moments like that… even in the middle of the street.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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45 Responses to Colours

  1. Lovely photos! My garden is neglected and strangled in moningglories
    I liked your write uo.


  2. davidprosser says:

    Glorious pictures, they look just like the height of Summer.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


  3. reocochran says:

    I agree there are fine moments which bring us bubbling joy. I liked the bright flowers and creatures shown, take care.


  4. So beautiful. What a blend of colors. Flowers that fly.


  5. stevetanham says:

    Beautiful photos and sentiments xx


  6. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on stevetanham and commented:
    Sue’ s masterly camera, again.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. TanGental says:

    Such a display and great to see a mass of butterflies. Lovely photography (as usual)

    Liked by 1 person

  8. jenanita01 says:

    Jaye is the gardener in our house, and this year has come to the same place as yourself, Sue. Nature is best enjoyed with a camera. For now, the slugs have won the battle. I think it is quite remarkable that they only want to eat the seedlings and plants she introduces, almost as if they insist on maintaining the status quo!
    I am perfectly happy to observe, as no one does it better than Mother Nature herself…


  9. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita & Jaye Dawes and commented:
    Stunning photos, Sue…

    Liked by 1 person

  10. BunKaryudo says:

    I love butterflies, always have, but — and I’m almost ashamed to admit this — my two strapping teenage sons are afraid of them. It was probably due to some vicious butterfly attack in early childhood. Luckily to escape with their lives, so they were.


  11. What beautiful picture Sue, No wonder you didn’t want to interfere with it 🙂


  12. Oh so many butterflies, so lovely…


  13. Helen Jones says:

    How very beautiful, Sue. I love the butterfly photos too – the colours are just gorgeous 🙂


  14. Eliza Waters says:

    Beauty surrounds you. What a gift! 🙂


  15. denis1950 says:

    Wonderful macro images Sue, one at least deserves a haiku?


  16. Widdershins says:

    Our scarlet runner beans, mint and oregano patch, grew like wildfire while we were away, and all three are still in bloom. Like you I don’t have the heart to cut them back when so many critters find them so useful.
    Lovely flutterby pics. 🙂


  17. macjam47 says:

    Butterflies always make me smile at their delicate beauty. these photos are fabulous.


  18. You are Such the Renaissance Woman! Photography, poetry, books. I admire you so much. This is yet again a wonderful lift to my day! Thank you….


  19. noelleg44 says:

    Beautiful butterflies! You did the right thing and just enjoyed them!


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