Walking back from the waterfront we came across this great big colorful butterfly drawn on the dirty wall of a city parking lot. Like a giant child had knelt on the asphalt and sketched it with tree-sized permanent markers.
This butterfly is exactly why I love cities. If you stand still for a moment amid the movement of the city, and look closely, you may find tiny, special gems like this. These city gems are a bit like butterflies themselves, elusive, flitting between traffic, people, and buildings, noticeable only to those with the trained eye- those watching for beauty in the most unlikely places.
Finding these little moments of beauty is precisely what I’m trying to do with this blog. I’ll be shaping my experiences into words, into photographs. I want to tell stories of sunlight, of wonder, of wild sounds, deep thoughts and curious happenings.
As beautiful as this world is, there’s also a terrible darkness that pulls at our feet, pulling us into doubt, anger and fear. I want this blog to be a tiny shimmer of light, and I really hope it brightens your day a little, or at least takes you out of your daily routine and makes you think of strange and wonderful things.
I don’t want to dismiss the darkness, I just want to believe there’s sunlight behind the clouds, light that makes the shadows possible. I’ve found the darkness is often misunderstood. If you wait long enough, if you look closely and give it a chance, you might just see the quick glimmer of a butterfly’s wing passing between the shadows.