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Birds, butterflies, and a postcard

I was thinking just yesterday that maybe this year we'd have no orioles, because I hadn't heard any, and then! I heard one. And then! I saw one. So I'm happy. And it wasn't only an oriole I saw today. I also saw this lovely warbler, which I discovered is called a magnolia warbler. (I have no magnolias. He was flitting between lilacs and apple blossoms.)

Photo by Gregory S. Dysart
Gregory S. Dysart .:. Photographs of Massachusetts: Massachusetts Wood Warblers &emdash;

Meanwhile, amaebi told me that fritillary butterflies are called that because the Latin word for dice box is "fritillaria," and the butterflies' markings look like the pips on a die. So then it got me thinking that maybe fritillary butterflies are enthusiastic gamblers:

fritillaries play dice

The third thing is a postcard, but I need to explain. sovay recently talked about the film The Moon-Spinners, in which a jewel thief gets away at the end. He apparently promises to send the protagonist "a picture postcard from the Kara Bugaz." This intrigued me. Where was Kara Bugaz? It turns out to be a lake in present-day Turkmenistan that at one point in the recent past dried up entirely, sending salt-storms across the nearby land, poisoning fields. Whoa to the whoath, right? (Now it has water in it again.)

Well, I wanted to create the postcard that jewel thief Tony sends to protagonist Nikky. So here it is! The image comes from the coastal city of Garabogaz. The message is written in a font called "Byron," created based on the handwriting of, yup, Lord Byron.**

**It's hard to read, though. It says, "Dear Nikky, I promised you a picture postcard from Kara Bugaz. Is this woman smelting something? If not the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, then maybe its knives and daggers. Alas, she's probably stoking the fires merely to bake bread. Love from your favorite jewel thief, Tony."


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May. 10th, 2016 10:12 pm (UTC)
Hooray, oriole!

I love the postcard.

There's a flowering bulb called fritillary as well. It looks checkered, so also a little like a dice-box, I guess. I always hope to see a fritillary butterfly on a fritillary flower, but their seasons don't match up well enough.

May. 12th, 2016 12:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, amaebi told me about the flower! I'd never seen it. I suppose a triple win would be to play a dice game in a garden of fritillaries while some (seasonally messed up) fritillaries flitted about.
May. 11th, 2016 01:05 am (UTC)
This entry is filled with associations for me – at least three - smelting, bird photos (see my recent photos), and the third you can guess.
May. 11th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
Your butterflies are great! Love the gambling butterflies.
(no subject) - asakiyume - May. 12th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
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May. 11th, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
just delightful. All of it :)
May. 12th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed!
May. 11th, 2016 03:26 am (UTC)
I love that post card.

And the beautiful warbler!

And the butterflies!
May. 12th, 2016 12:08 pm (UTC)
I loved the warbler ^_^ And I had fun making the postcard and the doodle!
May. 11th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
This is so wonderfully imaginative I cannot EVEN. BWEE.
May. 12th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
Speaking of I cannot EVEN--thank you!!! For an unexpected and delightful mother's day card? Have I told you recently how much I love your art? You make the world a more joyful place ♥
May. 11th, 2016 06:34 am (UTC)
Well, I wanted to create the postcard that jewel thief Tony sends to protagonist Nikky. So here it is!

May. 12th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
If I had read the book I could have done more! Like put in plot references. But all the same, it was a fun way to spend some time--thanks for the inspiration!
(no subject) - sovay - May. 12th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 11th, 2016 02:37 pm (UTC)
It has just struck me that the post card states, "Made in U.S.A.." And of course it bears no stamp or cancellation.

Oh, Tony, where are you really?
May. 12th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
Suuuuch a trickster.
May. 11th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
Wonderful butterflies! :D
May. 12th, 2016 12:14 pm (UTC)
Butterflies are ready to go double or nothing :-)
May. 11th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
The bird is pretty and I love the drawing of the fritillaries.

There's a Cocteau Twins song called Great Spangled Fritillary. My friend and I didn't know the etymology and he once used frittle as a verb.
May. 12th, 2016 12:15 pm (UTC)
I think "frittle" is an excellent potential word. Did he use it like "fritter," as in "fritter your time away"? As ethelmay below says, "fritilling their money away."
(no subject) - yamamanama - May. 12th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
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May. 11th, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
I love the idea that magnolia has its own special warbler... It's so pretty when it's in flower, it certainly deserves one.

Fritillary butterflies are so incredibly rare here - I've only caught fleeting glimpses of them on two occasions. But now I know where the name comes from, next time I go fritillary hunting I shall take some dice with me and see if that attracts them!
May. 12th, 2016 12:17 pm (UTC)
And if you see one, you have to shake the dice and say, "What are the odds??" (Or maybe that's what you need to say in advance in order to lure one)

Re: warblers, I wasn't aware until recently of the diversity of species we get around here. They're all beautiful.
May. 11th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
Fritilling away their money. C'mon, baby, caterpillar needs new shoes. And man, is that a lotta shoes.
May. 12th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)
I do like "frittle" as a verb. After frittling their money away, they're force to frittle from friend to friend, looking for some spare cash and a place to spend the night.

And now I want to draw a fully shod caterpillar.
(no subject) - ethelmay - May. 12th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
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May. 14th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you today
May. 15th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was thinking of you too, yesterday--oddly enough, it was while I was watching a livestream of the Nebula awards.
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