Nature's Bounty

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Once while living in the British Isles, I was lucky enough to witness the migration of the beautiful Painted Lady butterfly. Living close to the Florida Gulf, we are fortunate to host the beautiful Monarch's annual layover at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, the last stop for thousands of Monarchs before they fly over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico. These special memories were the driving force behind my Rainy Day Post. Every step was a labor of love and good memories.
It was easy to find a twig, however, I had to glue on some little sticks to give it a fuller look. After forming a nice little twig, I went on to paint it white to give it a lighter, airy appearance.
Now it was time to decide on colors and arrangement. I thought the dragonfly would be a nice touch. I glued each butterfly to the tiny branches using Loctite Gel Control super glue. It was light, quick drying, and clear.
Because the twig did not have an anchor, I glued it to a metal bolt to provide stability. Looking back, I realize that I could have used a miniature flower pot filled with rice. But we learn from our errors.
In lieu of putting my miniature tree in a cup, I used florist moss to neatly cover the bottom and to hide the unsightly stabilizing bolt.
Finished at last. My completed project is a facsimile of the awesome beauty of nature. Leigh Hunt said it best, "Colors are the smiles of nature." Peace be unto you.
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