One Word Challenge – “Up Close”

“Each sunshine-moment twinkles by
A white-winged, wandering butterfly…”
~W.T., “Honeymoon Cottage,” Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Arts, 1862 June 28th


“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  Hans Christian Andersen

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne


Published by Kathy Simmons

I am an ex New Yorker who still misses the vibrancy of the city. I seek out the humor in every day life and relay it through my stories in the hope others will appreciate as well. I love to write about growing up with my fantastically unique Irish mother whose memory inspires me every day. Although she is no longer with us, her antics are an endless staple for my tales. I currently live in Connecticut with my husband, two sons and toy fox terrier Anabel.

20 thoughts on “One Word Challenge – “Up Close”

  1. Beautiful capture, Kathy. We are usually vacationing in Florida as the Monarchs migrate south. As they venture over the Gulf of Mexico, I wonder it the will make they destination.


  2. Dear Kathy, I read your comment on Lita’s post. I wanted to let you know that I too miss my childhood and like you I had a good one.Along the way I saw your photographs and also pictures of your sons, they are so cute. I’m glad I met you. You and I have one thing common we both love our childhood.

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    1. What a lovely comment Ranu. I always have to keep in mind that so many others have not enjoyed the happiness you and I have experienced in our childhood though I am so sorry you lost your father so early! I wrote a short story about my father called “In The Company of Women” which you might enjoy on my blog. Your site is very beautiful and gives me a feeling of serenity. I just briefly visited and read a few of your selections. Wonderful. I will return when I have more time. I am also pleased you have found happiness in your current home. I love our small town in CT but it is somewhat rural and I still feel like the future holds somewhere different for me and my husband once our two sons leave to make their way in life. Where is still a mystery…As they say, home is where the heart is 🙂 Thank you for this nice connection. Don’t you love that about WordPress? Meeting special people from all over the world.


  3. Great minds 🙂 ….And such great colors–magenta and lime and orange are such happy colors. I never tire of a single butterfly, and I think your quotes may have something to do with why.

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  4. Oh my, you showed me a pheasant and now a monarch. Both were plentiful in my youth and now..I never see pheasant any longer and now Monarchs, once teeming, are now scarce. The photo is nice but I went to that place. Please, encourage your readers to plant some milkweed for the Monarchs or our grand children will know them only in photos.

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    1. I take that as a high compliment having visited your blog and briefly viewed some of your exquisite photographs. You have talent, I am not versed in photography, I just was lucky with that particular shot as I was balancing on a railing of my porch and happened to get really “up close.” I do love the creativity of photography but need to learn a bit more about the technical which I don’t like. I love writing short stories and have several on my blog mostly about my family. I get distracted from my writing with these wonderful photo challenges!


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