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August 4, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Prince down. Little Prince. Down.

Fallen prince.

What now?

Can’t blame the dog for this one.

(A grassy knoll. There. A grassy knoll!)

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Some said he was flighty.

He did really get around, but just doing his job – such as it was.

Some said his dreams flew too close to the sun.

True he looked skyward – hoping to soar to productive heights.

But in reality, he remained focused and down to earth in altitude.

(Threatened the status quo? A conspiracy?)

Some said he was anchored firmly in the world’s chaos.

To hold on against the winds of time.

A signal to others that life was worth the struggle.

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Alone against so much.(High Deeds of Finn and Other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland. Reid,illustr./

Some said he appeared as an example

Encouraging all to seek the light and warmth of the world.

Giving wings to those of fragile spirit.

But now. What now? Blame is all he leaves behind?

Justified blame for a world unexpectedly harsh and grown too cold?

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Can’t blame the dog for this one.

He was still before we came upon him.

A little prince of a butterfly. Fallen.

Despite her rough paws, she gently reached down and gently carried him home to rest in a more appropriate place among the flowers he loved.

With greatest dignity. An Honor Guard procession.

Out of respect – of him and her kindness, the clouds held back their tears.

(Nooooo, Molly. Under the bush – not under the couch! Good dog.)

Thoughts always flying,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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  1. susielindau / Aug 4 2014 2:48 pm

    Heart attack? Cardiac arrest? Pesticides? It’s always weird when I find them and they don’t show signs of struggle.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 4:23 pm

      We (also) have had unusual October-like weather for a couple of days with cooler nights. Or could be a fast vehicle in this location. Those wings may not be strong enough to fight car vortex currents? Butterflies have short fragile lives. He was such a jewel there, We had to turn around and go back. Thanks for flying in with a comment


  2. Carrie Rubin / Aug 4 2014 2:50 pm

    “she gently reached down and gently carried him home to rest in a more appropriate place among the flowers he loved.”—Awww. “And so shines a good deed in a weary world.” (Willy Wonka–one of my fav quotes. 🙂 )


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 4:26 pm

      She is the most curious dog who does things like that frequently…an old soul returned in fur? If only that dog translator worked accurately – what could we learn?
      That’s a wonderful quote – appreciate you guiding it over here.
      (Hope things have stabilized there – always glad to see you commenting at frankangle/around blog land)


      • Carrie Rubin / Aug 4 2014 5:10 pm

        Thanks. I’ll be heading my mom’s way again soon. Lots of traveling for me this summer. 🙂


  3. gingerfightback / Aug 4 2014 3:02 pm

    Shame – but on the upside our garden is full of butterflies this year – horray to non-gardeners everywhere and letting a thousand nettles bloom! That is my excuse anyway…..


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 4:29 pm

      So they are all hanging out at your place? Whew! There’ve been article recently concerning small numbers of butterflies this year in some places. They’re asking people to plant specific flowers – or just let the cheery welcoming native plants hang around gardens again. Sounds like you’re an early adopter…trying to follow that plan,too. Thanks for winging over to chat


      • gingerfightback / Aug 4 2014 4:37 pm

        I can’t crow too much – a slovenly approach to the garden has meant a plant heaven for insects and especially butterflies. Wild flowers are all the rage too – “seed bombing” public spaces is very popular at the moment.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 4:43 pm

          “Wild” gardens around houses are becoming more popular here. The state is pretty active seeding wildflowers in public areas and along highways (with “no mowing allowed” signs up) – some garden clubs “adopting” esplanades and planting there. But the neighborhood civic associations still want that mowed lawn (requiring pesticides to keep it that way). Only the bird sanctuary designation and hot weather keep people from messing too much in flowerbeds right now. “Seed bombing” – that’s a great term and idea! Very cool


        • jmmcdowell / Aug 7 2014 1:24 am

          Native plants in natural settings are best—and they let you spend your time on more satisfying endeavors!


  4. easyweimaraner / Aug 4 2014 3:13 pm

    poor guy… we have not much butterflies this year… wonder why :o(


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 4:31 pm

      Several places in other states have been concerned with smaller butterfly numbers. So far we’ve had about the normal visitors – and the humming birds are beginning to migrate through. Molly sometimes jumps at them, but the humming birds and butter flies have her figured out. Paw waves and thanks for nosing around here!


  5. angelswhisper2011 / Aug 4 2014 3:50 pm

    I came by to kiss the prince…. 🙂 Molly, don’t look so sad, you’re a good doggie. Extra Pawkiss 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 4:34 pm

      Molly loves butterflies so it’s not too surprising she thought it would help to carefully bring it to our backyard where the flowers are. There the little prince is among friends. (But we had to put it up a bit higher on the bush as she would return and nose it to try and encourage it. She is a remarkable one.) Paw waves! Thanks for soaring in with a comment


  6. dogear6 / Aug 4 2014 4:58 pm

    We haven’t had much butterflies this year either, in our backyard or at the botanical gardens. On the other hand, it’s also been a reasonably moderate summer (i.e., very few days of nasty hot and humid) plus an unusually cold winter. Not sure if it’s all connected.

    And are you SURE Molly is innocent? After all, I’ve seen a beagle catch baby birds right out of the air! Just saying. . . .



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 5:58 pm

      Another reason for those who have butterflies to plant to sustain them. We found this one on the ground in the street – so probably a traffic fatality. Molly gently carried little creatures all around: frogs, lizards. She places them in clear spot, and then noses them to see if they will move…the biggest hazard is their darting under large clumsy paws. We do rescues and relocation over the fence….but they are pretty stubborn about coming back. So far bees, birds, and butterflies are watched but safe. Beagles are much more the hunter…we don’t let her associate (giggles) Thanks for gliding in to chat


  7. But That's For Another Blog / Aug 4 2014 5:47 pm

    Love this!


  8. katecrimmins / Aug 4 2014 5:49 pm

    What is wrong with under the couch? Sounds like a good spot to me!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 7:00 pm

      Mummified among the dog hair tumbleweeds? Under the couch to Molly is a bit like some little kid’s secret hiding place…although she actually does move the seat cushions aside and carefully “save” stuff under there sometimes….seems to think the cat won’t notice it there? She’s always thinking….
      Thanks for shoving a comment this way


      • katecrimmins / Aug 4 2014 9:15 pm

        The greatest finds are in the oddest places. You can ask my cats.


  9. Robin / Aug 4 2014 6:20 pm

    Awww. Poor butterfly. I always wonder what happened when I find them like that. Well done, Molly, on putting the butterfly to rest in a place that it would love.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 7:06 pm

      The butterfly was still very iridescent. Definitely deserved to be moved to a more peaceful spot. For a dog, she’s remarkably kind. Thanks for winging over with a comment


  10. shoreacres / Aug 5 2014 1:13 am

    Even though I understand death as a part of life in the animal kingdom, too, I don’t like it one little bit. And if I think I see it coming and can’t do anything? Ohhhhh… This morning, it was a baby squirrel trying to cross 2094. The little thing was old enough to be out on his own, well-furred and tailed, but he clearly was young, small, and confused. I slammed on the brakes and missed him, and the guy behind me did, too. I made a turn around the block just to check, and he was gone. I suspect his adrenaline level was pretty high. I hope mom lectured him!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 5 2014 1:14 pm

      A squirrely tail to tell. Whew! The slight drop in temps has certainly brought everyone out. A brief look to fall – so the rest of summer’s scorching can be tolerated?
      (Oh, pull up Shannon Tompkin’s recent article on “Bolivar tract saved as green efforts prevail” (free article last time I looked) The Conservation Fund/Fish and Wildlife/Houston Audubon/ TX Land OFfice/Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation secured 1,350 acres of the Cade Ranch – and are going after the remaining 2,600 acres.All for the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge. One good thing Hurricane Ike did was convince developers that building homes/highrise/marina there probably wasn’t going to work.Nice map in article – looks like a place to visit this fall…when gators are snoozier and mosquitoes grounded) Thanks for hitting the brakes!


  11. Littlesundog / Aug 5 2014 8:47 am

    Lovely post. When I find such beautiful specimens I collect them to put them indoors in some of my nature decorating. I often find items while walking along the animal trails that are discarded or weathering away. Expired butterflies and moths, spent wasp paper nests, small mammal skulls, squirrel tails – all beautiful and meaningful discards that are treasures of nature to me. I often find that little children (great nieces and nephews) are intrigued and interested in these items which allow me to share my knowledge of their intricate world. We talk about it all here… the good, bad and ugly -about the carelessness of man, and the cruelty of nature – and then the beauty of it all.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 5 2014 1:19 pm

      There’s no better sculptor or painter than nature. All the things you mention finding are the biggest reason why kids need to get out and walk in the wood as frequently as possible. Best way to teach science and understanding of the world – as well as respect and kindness.If that experience is missed, little chance when the are older to interest them in science, how things work, and how they are connected to everything else….which impacts how they as adults see themselves, the world, and so much including beauty. Education has so lost it’s way with barren windowless cubicles. What was the purpose again?
      Thanks for such a great comment and astute observations

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      • Littlesundog / Aug 6 2014 9:59 pm

        You said it! We have a few nieces and nephews that come to visit and they LOVE going to the woods to see what treasures can be found. We have grandsons and lots of other children in the family who will never know the beauty of the woodlands and nature. Their parents are happy to have the TV and computer babysit for them. So sad.


  12. jannatwrites / Aug 6 2014 3:10 am

    Dead butterflies always make me sad… they are such beautiful and graceful creatures.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 6 2014 5:53 pm

      They are so fragile – yet live so fearlessly. Had to pause over this one for a minute. Thanks for flying in


  13. Paul / Aug 6 2014 6:39 am

    Very sad but real.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 6 2014 5:55 pm

      We all live butterfly lives – just in different proportions? Thanks for netting a comment


  14. jmmcdowell / Aug 7 2014 1:27 am

    I think you’re right—Molly is an old soul. We were out for a walk the other day and commented on how few butterflies we were seeing. Something is definitely wrong….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 7 2014 2:35 pm

      I keep hearing about the MIA butterflies. There’s been a big push here to plant butterfly bush which they like – development seems to be eliminating their natural grocery stores – and plants they use for their young. It’s not just their food that’s being destroyed – I hadn’t considered that until this year…(wonder just how much lawn I can replant before the Homeowner’s Association shows up…the flower beds seem to grow a little bigger each year)
      Thanks for landing with a great comment


  15. EllaDee / Aug 8 2014 4:52 am

    If you haven’t read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, it’s a book suggestion you and Molly could enjoy together 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2014 3:46 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation – will check it out. With summer actually roasting everyone, it’s indoor time (ugh). Glad you stopped in to fly along


  16. roughseasinthemed / Aug 8 2014 6:19 pm

    Hmm, Snowy’s first kill was a butterfly. Luckily he has moved onto flies 🙂 equally luckily, I think the geckos are too fast. Hope so. Now to train him to get La cucuracha.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 8 2014 6:29 pm

      Ah. nothing like fast paws for those! We had a Westie rescue that was so fast he cleaned out the disgusting ones.
      We have a lot of geckos/assorted lizards with shortened tails. toes…if they would only hold still, she’d lose interest. Bees are much more fun…but she hasn’t caught one yet – or it hasn’t caught her.
      Thanks for romping along


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