Tracery? Hmmm..... Sometimes her words are quite challenging.
Tracery's an architectural word, the definition being:
- Ornamental stone openwork, typically in the upper part of a Gothic window.
- A delicate branching pattern.
Well, I don't have any gothic windows in my garden. But I did see this the other day which reminded me of stained glass:
Before I had a chance to look up what I thought was a butterfly, Cynthia of On a Hays County Hill identified it as an Eight-spotter Forester moth (Alypia octomaculata). A moth! Not a butterfly. A moth that is frequently seen during the day.
Like this Hummingbird Clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe), that is also often seen during the day:
What does this have to do with tracery?
Well, as I was noticing the Eight-spotted Forester's wings, and the beautiful (although hard to see) pattern on the clearwing hummingbird moth, I realized there was tracery everywhere in the garden.
In every butterfly:
In the smallest of blooms:
I couldn't stop seeing it, once I had started!
Man-made tracery may be pretty.
But nothing compares to the intricate patterns and beauty of nature.
I guess that's why God is often called the Great Architect.
Look for tracery in your garden. I guarantee you'll see it.
Thanks, Donna, for another word that opened my eyes to seeing the garden in a different perspective.