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Friday, 29 July 2016

Walking Softly

It is all too easy to crash through life with your mind focused elsewhere and miss the small things that are in front of you. The tiny miracles that go on happening all around us if only we take a moment to notice. Too often we worry about the future or dwell on the past and forget to live in the here and now. My challenge for the weekend is to live in the here and now, notice the small things, and witness the magic of the world through a child’s eyes.

For my 5 on Friday here are 5 magnificent miracles I saw yesterday walking just 100m to the shop on my lunch break from work, taken with my phone. When you slow down, walk softly and soak in what is around you:














the little yellow and black stripey caterpillars, according to countrylife are:

Cinnabar moth caterpillar1in, orange-yellow striped with blackWith its yellow-and-black-striped body, the cinnabar moth’s caterpillar looks as if it’s wearing a rugby jersey. It’s a warning colour, as the caterpillar, like the adult moth, is distasteful to birds. These caterpillars are ragwort specialists and play an important role in controlling this most hated of our native flowering plants, gaining their toxicity from the poisonous alkaloids sequestered from ragwort. Rapacious eaters, they will even turn cannibal if hungry. The day-flying cinnabar moth is one of 30 insect species entirely dependent on ragwort.


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend


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19 comments

  1. Lovely things! It's a good lesson - to slow down and see the world in more detail.

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  2. Fab pictures so close up. Have a great weekend.

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  3. When camera phones first came out, I always thought how silly that seemed. Now I'm grateful that it came about, as people seldom carry a camera, but do always have a phone with them. NIce photos, and a great reminder to stop and SEE what's about. Have a great weekend

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  4. Rule 32 "Gotta enjoy the little things"

    Have a good one.

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  5. Nice wildlife, there has been a lot of bees this summer.

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  6. Nice! Focusing on the little things helps me tackle the big things.

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  7. Such a great post and a good reminder to live in the here and now. We have a lot of bees on our lavender but I haven't seen any caterpillars lately (Except the Big Hungry one). Have a fantastic weekend. X

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  8. Great pictures, loved the little caterpillars, they are indeed little miracles.

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  9. I totally agree, everyone is rushing about missing all the good things! Really lovely photos. Happy exploring.

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  10. Wonderful photos. It's amazing what we see when we take a moment or two to look around :) Happy Friday... Have a lovely weekend!

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  11. Enjoy your weekend noticing the small and wonderful things. I'll do the same I think, maybe walking along the canal. Love your phone photos.

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  12. Your area must be really nice. Seems like a pleasant place to work. I had a six foot snake crawl up a pillar onto my porch this week, which is the only nature related thing I can really think of that has happened recently. I had to peel him off with a broom, so he could slither on off away from me. Not as nice as the insects you photographed! I used to kill snakes out of hand but my daughter put a stop to that. She says "they are creatures too."

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  13. Great post.
    I was thinking along the same lines today as well. I have a friend who is never happy and I tell him to take happiness from the small things, even down to the taste of an apple, but he laughed and called me a fool. But then I'm happy most of the time and he is not. Who's more foolish?

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  14. These are five lovely things visible only to those who take the time to look. A lovely reminder to us all. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Thank you for the reminder to slow down and see the miracles that surround us. Feeling a little lethargic, I went down to lake and watched large waves. The more I watched as they start way out in lake, grow in strentgh, size and crash on shore the more revived I felt. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Thank you for the reminder to slow down and see the miracles that surround us. Feeling a little lethargic, I went down to lake and watched large waves. The more I watched as they start way out in lake, grow in strentgh, size and crash on shore the more revived I felt. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. How wonderful!!! Your photos are beautiful, as of course are the subjects too!! Thank you too for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great August and I look forward to seeing you again in September! xx

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