Butterflies are usually fluttering and dancing in the wind.

Occasionally, you may be fortunate in seeing one gracing itself on an appropriate flower. And they are fussy, carefully choosing a flower that matches their standards. Time to take a photo. Slowly but surely moving closer, but on seeing this alien being with an iPhone (not that it would recognize it as an iPhone) flies off to another location.

Butterflies are fascinating. If they’re in a good mood they have sat upon my finger. A launch pad?

I just love the way they encircle each other, spiraling upwards in a dance of love and affection.

Butterflies are like angels. Their wings so gentle, yet strong when called by perhaps the Universe or divine entity, rising to another level of existence.

A butterfly so tame and still; trusting a human to be so close, but fearing not, is a joy to behold. Butterflies are unique in their manner most gentle.

On a park bench sat a butterfly and gradually moving closer, I expected it to fly away.

This particular butterfly remained on the bench. Literally a few inches away. A flutter of wings was expected any second. I move in closer until the iPhone camera could not focus properly. Doubtless, this little gem trusted my intention and perhaps smiled at my dilemma.

Such an experience never departs my mind. As if such a ‘meeting’ was planned. Literally walking along a pathway, nobody nearby, and the butterfly awaits patiently.

When finished taking the photos, the words of a song came to mind.

‘Papillon ma papillon, stay with me don’t fly away.’ And it did not fly away.

Such a gift of Nature. A privilege. Long after this gem departs, the photo will preserve the memory of this wonderful experience.

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Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.


  1. This is so delightful I love to watch butterflies they are so full of grace and beauty. It is rare that the butterfly seemed unafraid how close you were to it. I too have actually had one alight upon me. They remind me of the rainbow color’s after a rain. I’m happy you had such a wonderful experience. And thanks fir sharing