Sunday, November 06, 2011


"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
- Rabindranath Tagore

As an added attraction during Chocobarocco, the Comune of Modica set up a very special "house" in the atrium of the town hall - the casa delle farfalle or "butterfly house", which has actually been open for a month and closes tomorrow.  It has been a huge success.

Around 300 butterflies fly freely in an environment especially created for them and biologists are on hand to care for them. Visitors are greeted by calming music and the sound of running water as the beautiful, ephemeral creatures fly all around them, alighting on a lapel, shoulder or head as they please.

Congratulations to Modica on creating this magical oasis in the city centre and for giving so much pleasure to residents and visitors alike.

Look on the right!

I couldn't decide whether I liked the blue, green or the last pure yellow butterfly best.  How about you?

The experience reminded me of some lines written by Colette about her mother, Sido:

"Son grand mot: 'Regarde!' signifiait: 'Regarde la chenille velue, pareille à un petit ours doré!  Regarde la première pousse du haricot, le cotylédon qui lève sur sa tête un petit chapeau de terre sèche..... Regarde, vite, le bouton de l'iris noir est en train de s'épanouir! Si tu ne te dépêches pas, il ira plus vite que toi!"

"Her great word was 'Look!' meaning: 'Look at the hairy caterpillar - it's like a little golden bear!  Look at the first shoots of the bean, the seed leaf popping up with a little hat of dry earth on its head......  Quick - look! The bud of the black iris is opening.  If you don't hurry it will go faster than you!' "


Rosaria Williams said...

Wow! What a marvelous thing to behold. And Colette's saying was a sweet addition.

Whispering Walls said...

They are all very beautiful. Puts a whole different slant on farfalle al pesto!

Cuby said...

What a complete joy this is. The quote is beautiful, the photos are too. My favourite being the blue and white 'papillon'.
The short burst of music delightful. :)

Trubes said...

Well now Welshcakes, the Butterflies are all lovely but my favourite is definitely the purpley blue one, I find the ones with big circles on their wings a bit spookey,,,,Like a big eye looking at you...Or is it an eye?


James Higham said...

But what if one of them lands on you?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Rosaria. Yes, it does, WW! I'm so glad you like it, Cuby. Hi, Di. I find those a bit spooky too! Hi, James. Well, one did and I am still here!

CherryPie said...

Butterflies are fascinating, I bet that was really enjoyable to visit.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Cherie. Yes, I really didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.


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