A Girl, a Sunset and a Caterpillar

As the days grow longer and summer draws near, the sights and sounds of the world beckon me closer, especially those that dusk brings.

I head outdoors with my girl by my side. Golden bands of light trickle down around me and warm my skin…the wind whispers through the leaves, birds flutter among the tree tops and frogs begin their evening serenade.

We walk along, feet bare, taking in the world around us. The sound of children playing can be heard in the distance. I feel small, little pebbles beneath my toes and then, the prickle of grass. My little one is searching for the flutter of butterflies, forever entranced by their mosaic of colors and soft, delicate wings. She stops. It isn’t a butterfly that has caught her interest, but a caterpillar.

She gently picks it up, runs her fingers over it’s smooth, little body and peers at it closely. “Caterpillars turn into butterflies,” she tells me.  

She lets it slowly wiggle across her hand and laughs at the way it tickles her skin…taking delight in all that it does.

After spending a few moments watching the small, little creature, she gets up and places it on the branch of a tree. “He needs to be safe and have leaves to eat,” she tells me. I laugh in agreement.

I take her hand as we head toward the house. All the while she chatters…revealing little things she’s learned about nature in her five, short years and, as I often do, I think to myself about how wonderful it would be to live someplace warm and sunny…a place that feels like summer all year round.

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  • augcott

    I love these photos and narrative!!!! What a wonderful time spent together ……
    By the way, those flowers are beautiful!
    Happy Summer! 😀

    May 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • Sylvia

    Nature is a great teacher and one touch of it makes us alive and poetic … I thought of that while reading your perfect prose and taking delight in your delicately beautiful photos …Joy !

    May 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Valentina

    very nice! a little girl so touching …

    May 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Oh so very, very sweet. I love seeing your little one and how she embraces nature. If you lived someplace warm all year round, you might not appreciate the warmth as much (at least that is what I keep telling myself)

    May 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • tinajo

    Lovely post, she´s a sweetie! 🙂

    May 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    Tricia, this is such a beautiful post in every way! You must be proud of your beautiful girl learning so many things about our world and taking such an interest in nature. The photos are absolutely breathtaking!

    May 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Home and Lifestyle

    Wonderful pictures!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • traci

    oh tricia. what a lovely post. words and images. she's adorable.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Gorgeous Tricia!! Have a lovely weekend! xo ~Ashley

    May 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm Reply
  • Stephani Cochran

    Gorgeous as usual!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm Reply
  • Karin

    What a lovely moment to spend together. Thank you for taking us on your little adventure.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

    Your writing is as beautiful as the photos of your walk barefoot through the grass

    May 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Kristi R Artisan Jewelry

    That was so nice…you're a great writer too! Pictures look beautiful as usual and she looks so darn cute!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Nely

    What a lovely pictures..wonderful!
    Hugs Nely!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm Reply
  • i.ikeda

    Awww, what a sweet post! I'm always amazed at all they know and learn and at the miracle that is their brain and development. I could never get enough of children's beautiful discoveries and growth, especially as they discover through exploration. Thank you for sharing such a special moment with us, and all those lovely pictures as well. Xoxo

    May 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm Reply
  • * Villa Lieblich *

    so sweet

    May 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm Reply
  • Donna

    Awww…she's a Doll!

    May 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • julie - eab designs

    Love this post. Reminds me of the summer when my youngest caught a caterpillar and built it a home. It formed a cocoon and she was so excited to see a beautiful butterfly emerge. I didn't have the heart to tell her she had befriended a "tent caterpillar" that would soon become a moth. When the moth emerged she wasn't disappointed in the least. She named it Little Flyer and released it.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm Reply
  • Sophi Belle

    I love catterpillars! 🙂 Your photos are all so beautiful.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Sílvia

    Amazing light! Beautiful photos, i love flowers too!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • lisa.

    Such beautiful moments spent with a very precious little one.
    She is absolutely adorable Tricia!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • SSM

    Dear Tricia,

    Love the photos!

    Enjoy your weekend.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    Your post is so beautifully poetic. It brought back memories for me of being a child in the Rocky Mountains and summer finally coming in June after having snow and cold since the previous September. Ever wild flower was so magical because they were so fleeting.

    If you ever want a wonderful place where you can garden year round and have almost-summer 9 months out of the year, I highly recommend the San Francisco Bay Area. 😉

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

    May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Considerations

    Beautiful pictures of your little girl and what a great memory… time flies so quickly, I think that almost daily as I watch my almost 3 yr old boy grow up and discover the world 🙂
    Lovely greetings from a new follower 🙂

    May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    What a lovely gentle wee girl you have there. It's lovely to spend this precious time together.
    Your pictures are wonderful too. :))

    May 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    It's beautiful….I love the knowledge and wisdom of children whose parents have instilled those qualities in them. Beautiful daughter…. beautiful African daisies (I have two varieties in nursery pots right now.)

    May 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography

    These just make me smile. She is so cute & the flowers look so cheery. What a fun set.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm Reply
  • cathy

    What a sweet post! As a director of a preschool I appreciate the simplicity and wonder children have for daily life. The pictures are lovely!

    May 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm Reply
  • Susan

    What beautiful pictures!! Your girl is just gorgeous…

    May 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm Reply
  • Susan @ Afford Your Passions

    Gorgeous pictures, Tricia, and a lovely story!

    I love caterpillars, too!

    May 25, 2012 at 12:25 am Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    It's so sweet to see the world through a child's eyes…lovely, Tricia!

    May 25, 2012 at 12:39 am Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    Tricia, you were
    meant to be a Southern
    girl and I hope that it
    happens for you, someday!

    What a sweet day with
    your little girl. Cherish
    those, my friend, even
    in this cold place.

    xo Suzanne

    May 25, 2012 at 1:25 am Reply
  • Barb

    Such a sweet story – told so well. And the photos – it just doesn't get any better!

    May 25, 2012 at 1:53 am Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    It really is a magical time of year for us. Maybe because we wait so long for these perfect spring evenings. Lovely photos of quality time with your daughter. :@

    May 25, 2012 at 2:48 am Reply
  • Ann

    Your photos are beautiful and sweet.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:11 am Reply
  • kelly

    Beautiful photos and wonderful story.


    May 25, 2012 at 3:31 am Reply
  • Pieces of Sunshine

    Wonderful story and photos. We are blessed with a summer climate about 8 months of the year, sometimes a little too hot. So much summer means we don't has the lush spring and summer you enjoy.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Nic.

    First off, your daughter is a hero! 'Cause I'm so scared of caterpillars, yet she can hold them in her hand, how nice is that!

    "I think to myself about how wonderful it would be to live someplace warm and sunny…a place that feels like summer all year round."

    Tricia, you are very welcome to visit my country, Malaysia, where we have only one season all year long, summer! Well, the not so hot summer and the super hot summer.. Oh, do come here sometime, we have lots of beautiful places for you to photograph!

    Regards to both you and your family,
    Nic. 🙂

    May 25, 2012 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    Aw, your daughter is so sweet and so beautiful! I love enjoying nature through my childrens eye's too. My boys love trying to catch frogs. They end up getting all muddy, but I haven't the heart to make them stop. They just have so much fun.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Marina {Yummy Mummy)

    These pictures are so beautiful. My 4 year old's favorite activity is catching caterpillars 🙂

    May 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage

    You have recorded these lovely moments with your daughter so beautifully! I hope you save this for her.

    May 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • deb duty

    Oh what a beautiful post! You have such a lovely girl and pretty flowers too. I'm glad you captured such a nice memory to remember.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply
  • Sandi

    I love to see the wonder and innocence of youth! Your daughter is precious!!

    May 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm Reply
  • Butterbean Row

    This is one of your sweetest posts ever! I love how you mingled pictures of your precious girl with the flowers. And how she is unafraid of a caterpiller.


    May 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm Reply
  • Ms. Redo

    She is so beautiful, and so precious in her thoughts to care for the butterfly. Gorgeous pictures as always, Hugs ~ Mary

    May 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • Vivi K

    Wow, these photos are captivating! Love the flowers and she is so sweet!


    May 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm Reply
  • Cristina

    Un fiore tra i fiori, queste foto sono bellissime e poetiche! Brava e Complimenti! Buon weekend! Ciao Cri : )

    May 26, 2012 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Joasia

    Isn't childhood wonderful! Everything seems so interesting and innocent.
    Always lovely to see that.
    Joasia x

    May 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm Reply
  • Keeping it Cozy

    What a sweet post and special pictures. I love how a child can find such delight in simple things… it never fails to make my day a little brighter.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    I love when we have light out at 8pm. You daughter and the images are so sweet.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    She is so sweet…what a fun special time. I love Summer and look forward to the warm days ahead.


    May 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • Val

    Such a beautiful girl.

    May 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Madge Bloom

    What a lovely series of shots! She's so cute!

    May 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • shannah

    Love your blog!

    May 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Soft and delicate…..thanks for sharing!

    May 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm Reply
  • Kia

    A beautiful day spent with a precious girl.
    She is absolutely adorable, Tricia! 🙂
    Amazing light and lovely delicate images.

    May 27, 2012 at 12:38 am Reply
  • Maria at inredningsvis.se

    AWWW soo cute kid:) and thank you for sweet words on my blog:) I now follow you on FB:)hope you follow me back.

    Come back and visit me soon…I have more swedish inspiration for you:)
    have a great week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

    May 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • jessica

    What a sweetheart!! I remember playing with caterpillars when I was a little girl too!! They were so much fun 🙂

    May 28, 2012 at 6:24 am Reply
  • Deborah

    G o r g e o u s post Tricia!!!!
    Oh I loved your daughter's discoveries today.
    She is beautiful!
    I can see that your eyes are wide open to the beauty that is right before you…what a blessing!
    We both love the same flowers!
    Come for a visit dear friend..I'll put the coffee on for us 🙂
    Have a wonderful day!!

    Much love,
    Deborah xoxoxo

    May 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Pam

    What a beautiful post. I came her a little stressed out and needing some peace and tranquility and that is just what I received. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend and the heat isn't too bad up there. It's been 95 most of the weekend and a little too early in the season for this.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Jazz

    Such a gorgeous post! Pictures are so sweet 🙂
    Your blog is so relaxing as well:)
    Jazz xx

    May 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Pink Roses and Teacups

    What a sweet post, and your little girl is adorable. children are so sweet and innocent.


    May 30, 2012 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

    Love seeing your sweet daughter! I first saw this post on your FB page and thought I'd stop by to comment here. Your photos are always so stunning, I always love to see what you are up to.
    The blueberry cobbler in a previous post looks sooo good!


    May 31, 2012 at 4:02 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    dearest sweet tricia, your little girl is sooo beautiful! Such gorgeous photos of the nature and your girl. They made me smile and warm my heart. Have a beautiful week and love to you!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Sandy

    Oh what a beautiful story! You should be an author too along with your photography skills. I could have read forever, your sweet little fairy tale and the words you chose! I wish I could write like that.

    Your little girl is so very special! Look at her delicate facial features! Just love her and her sweet little dress too ♥

    June 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    how gorgeous is that little girl of yours!
    i am amazed at the clarity and beauty of the first photo. i can almost touch that flower…

    June 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm Reply
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