Battered, Bruised, and Beautiful

While other parts of the country feel the effects of a brutal winter storm, it’s sunny and relatively warm in SoCal.

Relatively, because I’m freezing even though it was in the mid-sixties today. I’m in a coat, scarf, and beanie. As much as I love to be outside, I HATE to feel cold.

This courageous Mourning Cloak butterfly savors the rays of the afternoon sun on a random soccer ball just before the coastal fog rolled in.

Mourning Cloaks live longer than most butterflies—ten months or more— so I hope this one finds a sheltered spot during next week’s forecasted rainy weather.

Battered, bruised, but still beautiful, and glorious to behold as she warms her wings.

7 thoughts on “Battered, Bruised, and Beautiful

  1. I’m glad for your sake you’re home and not here in the PNW. Yesterday everything was ice, ice, and more ice. And today it’s raining on the snow and ice. But a relatively balmy high around 47 the last time I checked. Much better than the 9 degrees a few days ago. Happy Holidays!

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