Sunday, December 25, 2011

Death of a butterfly (Aug. 22, 2010)

Current mood: sad

On my 30-mile bike ride today, I witnessed the following. I was riding along Babcock Blvd. when a butterfly flew across my path of travel, maybe 20 in front of me, passing from right to left. A car passed me at about that point. It was not speeding. At best it was moving maybe 30 to 35 mph. The butterfly was at about windshield level. I could tell that they were on a collision course.

What happened, though, was that they did not collide. The air current from the car blew the butterfly 10 to 15 feet in the air. From that height, it dropped like a rock, onto the pavement next to me as I rolled by. The best I can figure is that the air current broke the poor thing's anatomy in some way. I did not stop to investigate.

It just made me hate cars all that much more. Never drive your car, if you can possibly help it. You have no idea what damage you are doing, every time it leaves your driveway.

1 comment:

GLBLAKELY1974 said...

cute story, poor butterfly, and very good point! Motor vehicles do more harm than good--and on multiple levels. Who would have thought about butterfly murder?! I usually hear about claims touching on pollution, the economy and oil, manslaughter and accidents, drunk driving, driving under the influence of prescription meds, obesity and laziness/lack of exercise, etc. But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to driving. A driver would hardly, if at all, noticed a butterfly get slaughtered; but a bicyclist would. After all, the driver is concerned about time, speed, and convenience, with little regard for other people's convenience. However, the bicyclist and the pedestrian are more carefree with their time, generally concerned about other human's and other species' well-being, and more observant about humanity, nature, and the environment. I only wished that there were a middle road, but that road becomes obstructed by unconsiderate individuals who ignore the bicyclist and shun the pedestrian. It is a battle of not only the social classes but also of the cultures.