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“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in".

I did not consciously set out to become a butterfly whisperer, just as I never consciously set out to write a book of poems. I followed the river of life, deep into the unknown, and it led me to where I am now. 

The interactions I have with butterflies occur in the wild, and not the safe environment of a butterfly sanctuary. The videos are totally spontaneous and unscripted. I much prefer love, too obedience.

A butterfly born into an enclosure, has only ever known captivity. What qualifies this butterfly to speak of freedom? A wild butterfly has only ever known freedom. What qualifies this butterfly to speak about captivity? Only a butterfly that has experienced captivity, and freedom, is fully qualified to speak on either subject


The difference between knowledge, and experience, is that knowledge can be taught, experience has to be earned. Death qualifies the butterfly, to speak about life.


I am willing to share with you, what I have earned, but it will be the butterflies who confirm your graduation, not me. Any piece of paper I produce to say you are 'qualified' as a butterfly whisperer, is meaningless. "We can know and not BE, but we cannot BE, and not know. 

"Wings cannot be learned, they have to be earned"

Taun Richards | Author: Butterfly Wings

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