I was watching a butterfly fluttering around in the garden the other day. I knew I wouldn’t be able to identify it until it landed; it could have been one of three kinds of white butterflies we often see around here. (Small White, Large White, Green-veined White).

As I thought, “It’s lovely. It’s name doesn’t really matter. It’s a butterfly and it’s white”, the words of the song from the sixties, “A Whiter Shade of Pale ” by Procol Harum came into my head.

And so my perspective shifted from needing to know an entomological fact to simply enjoying nature whilst reminiscing about my own Swinging Sixties!

Whiter Shade of Pale ©HelenBushe

The butterfly is a Small White, by the way, but more importantly here’s a link to a favourite song of mine from 1967:

This post was inspired by Becky B’s Challenge: Square Perspective.

This addictive challenge finishes at the end of July, so click on the link and catch it while you can!

If you prefer a Monochrome Perspective, you’ll find this on my B&W website MonoZone.Online:


BeckyB · 26 July 2020 at 15:39

oh I love this . . I am like you with the three whites. Think i can cope not knowing, but then once they settle I am there trying to identify!

    BeckyB · 26 July 2020 at 15:39

    forgot to say – a great shot and loving the music too 🙂

      Helen Bushe · 26 July 2020 at 15:51

      Thank you. An oldie but still a goldie ( I mean the song not me.) oh maybe me too

    Helen Bushe · 26 July 2020 at 15:53

    At least butterflies are easier to identify than moths! (There’s about 56 kinds of butterfly in Uk and many thousands of moths)

bushboy · 26 July 2020 at 05:17

And one of my all time favourite songs too

Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter · 25 July 2020 at 23:20

Beautiful butterfly, and I love the song too. I’ve never seen that video though (or maybe I did on TOTP in 1967). The clothes! The posing! Just fabulous.

    Helen Bushe · 26 July 2020 at 16:23

    They don’t write songs like they used to! Im so glad I was young in the swinging sixties, yet old enough to enjoy.

Laurie Graves · 25 July 2020 at 15:50

I remember that song! Funny how one thing will lead to another. That butterfly is exquisite.

    Helen Bushe · 25 July 2020 at 15:52

    Yes, I like to let my thoughts wander where they will. And then I wonder how I ever got there!

Helen Bushe · 25 July 2020 at 17:23

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