Wednesday, April 14, 2010


"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." ~ Rabindranath Tagore
1. Butterfly On Red Flower, 2. Blue butterfly, 3. Orange Sulphur or Alfalfa Butterfly..., 4. Blue Glassy Tiger Butterfly, 5. Queen Butterfly, 6. Butterfly, 7. ~ Butterfly ~ " What Wingspan " ? ~, 8. inachis io / dagpauwoog, 9. the wings-become-windows butterfly., 10. Transparent Butterfly

These beautiful photos were taken by some wonderful photographers. Links above to them.

Don't you just love the colors and patterns of these butterflies? And aren't those glass wing butterflies just the best?

I really relate to these bits below. A couple of years back I myself had a butterfly dream. At the time I was rediscovering my spirituality and after having a very vivid dream I began noticing butterflies everywhere. On billboards, in magazines, movies, etc. I looked up the symbolic meaning of butterflies and was delighted to read similar information as below. 
From around the web:

BUTTERFLY  -  is about transformation. Butterfly fearlessly leaves the safety of its cocoon to meet a new world in a new form, trusting its untried wings to allow it to fly. It is a powerful symbol for anyone who's contemplating or in the midst of a major change.  It is about bringing color and joy to our lives, learning to dance with joy as we make those changes in our lives transforming us and our lives.

This blog entry was found here
"The butterfly most commonly is a symbol of transformation. It begins as an egg laid by a butterfly. It hatches from the egg as a caterpillar. It feeds, and feeds, and feeds until it wraps itself snug and secure into a cocoon. In the cocoon it undergoes a transformation, a change, into it’s existence as a beautiful butterfly. Taking all of this into consideration it is easy to see that dreaming of a butterfly may mark the beginning of a transformation in your waking life. You may be ready to hatch from your cocoon and spread your wings, flying above the material cares of the world into a higher and more meaningful existence.
To see a butterfly flying around carefree in a dream may represent your own ability to fly free. If you have recently dreamed of butterflies it may represent that you are now free from an oppressing situation, problem, or relationship.Butterflies are also a symbol of spirituality. Many times when a dreamer dreams of butterflies around them, or of observing them, it means that in their waking life they are on the verge of a deep spiritual journey, full of new awareness and possibilities. This truly is a wonderful thing.In the book “Secrets of Dreams”, written by Caro Ness, the meaning of a butterfly dream is close to my own personal analysis…It mentions that butterflies can be seen as “symbols of transformation”, or, as “accurate, and startling affirmations of rebirth into a newer, brighter, and more illuminating existence…”


Regina said...

Are these yours?

THey beautiful and very inspiring. I love the very last one on the bottom right. It would be fun to paint.

Kate England said...

Beautiful! I love butterflies! I keep thinking of making a set of butterfly icons...

Kolleen said...

what a GREAT post....and very cool to analyze your butterfly dream and to see what that truly meant for you!!

do you feel years ago you were in a transitory state when you had this dream??

happy wednesday!

Dana Barbieri said...

Hey ladies. I was in the midst of editing this post. And I guess it was there anyway? I don't know how that happened. Credits are above.

Regina- yes, paint it! I am working on some butterfly ideas.

Kate- Butterfly icons would be wonderful!

Fruitful Fusion said...

They are gorgeous! And those last two are just amazing!!!

Mousy Brown said...

I chose a butterfly photo I had taken as my very first blog post - I called it poised to take flight and it was very symbolistic of the way I felt about the giant leap I was taking into the unknown - Thank you for this lovely post that explains so much more clearly than I could of how I was feeling then - and now! Perfect Dana xxx

Regina said...

Ah, I see. There was more to this post.

I love that the butterfly symbolized a new beginning. Such an amazing transformation. Thanks for this wonderful post.

AG Ambroult said...

very, very interesting. I had no idea the symbolism of the butterfly. Nor did I have any idea those glass wing butterflies existed. AMAZING!