Miracle in the Garden This Morning

Lesley’s been watching the chrysalis every day. She just came in to tell me it had emerged when I was on an important phone call so I handed Evan my iPhone and he shot the pic. Note the shell of the chrysalis at right; how did the butterfly ever fit in that small enclosure? Stunning, and it’s the kind of thing that’s going on in the natural world every moment. As Leonard Cohen says, halleluja!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Miracle in the Garden This Morning

  1. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.” Life is filled with so many miracles and beautiful moments…..I find i can really lose sight of that, especially with all that is happening in the world right now. Thanks for sharing this magical moment and reframing – life is good!

  2. Awesome! Looks like a female. We have an abundance of milkweed on our property, so each year I raise & release monarchs. Amazing to watch the process from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. Last year I released 49, but this year I didn't find as many eggs. However, our friends in San Antonio said there was a large migration that went through (yay).

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