Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Always completely enchanted by butterflies - these delicate, ethereal creatures were seemingly created for the sole purpose of spreading beauty and happiness, you can't help but smile and be grateful each time you see them. A symbol of renewal, and that for every challenge or difficulty there is an opportunity for something beautiful to emerge.

After years of studying entomology and travelling to far off lands to collect specimens, Christopher Marley was inspired to display them as art. Rather than the scary images of slithering, jittering insects, here the absolute precision and genius in their design is shown. Perfectly symmetrical and exquisitely detailed, natures design far surpasses our greatest engineers or designers, all that's needed to to showcase them without interfering or distracting from their beauty. Pheromones are the chemicals insects use to attract each other (and have been known to work on humans too - worked on me even through the computer screen !)


Day flying moths - Thailand, Laos


Taenaris Trio - Australasian Archipelago


Velvet Brushfooted Trio - Loreto, Peru


Ricepaper Study - Southeast Asia


Morpho Duo - Bolivia, Peru

{Photos: Simple Groupings from Pheromone by Christopher Marley}


{The Classy Woman} said...

I {heart} butterflies! One monarch butterfly came right up to my face as I was cleaning up the yard and was fluttering about. They are so beautiful and gentle little creatures.

They seem to love the wildflower patch in our garden and I think they like that we don't use pesticides, our home is a butterly magnet. :)

They are the ultimate symbol of transformation. I enjoyed seeing all the various types, thanks for your post!

ashlina said...

so beautiful....i love butterflies.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

incredibly beautiful, so fragile

Betty Gaeta said...

When I was child, I believed that butterflies were flying flowers.

City Girl Chicago said...

these butterflies literally gave me chills (in a good way). there's something magical about the butterfly ~

xox *cara*

A Perfect Gray said...

the colors on those Peruvian butterflies are so stunning!

Brandi said...

I remember once hearing a story that if you see a butterfly near you, it's really a loved one coming to check on you. These are beautiful, and the background is lovely. "He studied pheromones and love." -- could be the opening to some novel.

OneCraftyFox said...

Such lovely butterfly's. I adore dragon fly's too. I know they're not as pretty, but they have personality if you take the time to watch them... :)

Down and Out Chic said...

these really are simply beautiful. nobody does it better than mother nature herself.

escapade said...

Classy Woman - what a beautiful experience. A few years ago I had one flutter over and land in my hand - it was pure magic!

Betty - that's so cute! And you were probably right, that's just what they look like!

CGC - definitely magical!

Perfect Gray -Those were my favourites also, almost other-wordly

Brandi - what a nice thought! I like that one.

CraftyFox, you should definitely check out the rest of Christopher's portfolio then - some lovely dragonflies in there!

DOC - so, so true!


TJ said...

Those are really beautiful!

escapade said...

Thanks TJ - have a lovely weekend!

Annette Piper said...

They are truly stunning. Mother nature has provided beauty yet again!

ZXC9 said...

Really very fabulous colors in the butterflies feathers...


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