Ten years ago today, September 11, 2001, was a beautiful day just like today. I watched the sun rise at Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve in Elgin Illinois. As the morning warmed up the butterflies fluttered about and posed for pictures like this Tiger Swallowtail female on Spotted Joe Pye Weed. It was very still and peaceful, and for the first time in my life I noticed I could actually hear the larger butterflies' wings flapping! I know it sounds crazy, but just concentrate on it sometime on a quiet morning and you may be surprised like I was. This was still on my mind when I came home in the early afternoon and was hit with the news of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon like a bucket of cold water in the face bringing me back to "civilization".