A narrow ribbon of Gold

Good Morning!

           A gentle moment of sharing.

yellow butterfly - S.E. Qld variety

After one of the most difficult of Summers Australians have experienced for many years, this day last week dawned with sparkling brilliance without any hint of storm or rain.

It has been drought, bushfires and then storms with lightning strikes and rain that belted down.

I was facing the window when I witnessed something that was both beautiful but also took my breath away.     I could hardly believe it!

From out of the deep gully which is behind our house a thin ribbon of vibrating yellow/gold erupted and slowly drifted across the sky.    Gone in what seemed an instant I blinked my eyes. Gone!

However, during that same morning, single golden lights and sometimes small groups of yellow, drifted across our backyard.    I could clearly see now they were butterflies.  Tiny yellow/gold butterflies.

In the past I had seen these butterflies individually,  but never in this way.

I googled (aren’t we  fortunate sometimes to access information).   This is what I discovered.

Yellow butterflies as illustrated above are seen in various (usually rural)  parts of Queensland/Australia.   This variety, tiny and vibrant, can survive in chrysalis stage through very extreme and harsh conditions.    They are known to lay dormant for weeks/months, perhaps years,  until the right  conditions occur.

Sometimes a whole hidden colony will be born in the same instant and they fly forth and stream across the sky.

The weather changed again the next day.  I thought of them and hoped they fulfilled their life’s purpose.

Maybe again in my life-time, I will see again a beautiful shimmering light of gold against a blue sky.

Peace! Love! Joy!




About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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2 Responses to A narrow ribbon of Gold

  1. oneta hayes says:

    Beautiful. I’m glad you had that gift from Heaven.


  2. Dawn Marie says:

    Very informative, Faye! I am so glad to hear of your continued discoveries amidst the ashes of the summer your beautiful Country has experienced. May it’s recovery float in just as magically. 🙏🏻


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