After church today I took a path back to my car that I usually don't take. It's not a heavily traveled walkway because there are so many cracks in the sidewalk. Through the cracked concrete were growing the most beautiful Lily of the Valley. I haven't seen this flower in quite sometime and thought it would make an interesting photo - you know, beautiful flowers growing up through concrete and all that.
I came back to the church property sometime in mid-afternoon to take some photos but decided to take the long way to get to those flowers. There, along another walkway, hanging over the fence of the neighboring property, is a magnificent lilac bush. Actually, it's so huge it's more like a tree and the lilacs have no fragrance. But it wasn't the lilacs that caught my eye; it was a magnificent monarch butterfly moving from flower to flower. I probably spent a good 10 minutes photographing him before he became camera-shy and flew off.
My photos came out OK; just OK. I might have done better with a tripod but he wouldn't have sat still long enough to warrant that. And it was awkward pointing my long lens upward toward the sky and keeping a steady hand. But all this is secondary to the fact that my timing was just right to catch him in action.
I hope your timing is right this week and something brings a smile to your face - just as this chance meeting did for me.
P.S. I did take the photos of the Lily of the Valley. Maybe I'll look at them later. And Happy Mother's Day!