When I arrived home this evening I was greeted by my older son, telling me that he'd found something 'amazing' that I 'wouldn't believe'. I got ready to feign astonishment at an ordinary, everyday object, but he was quite right. I've never seen anything like this before.
Obviously it's some sort of chrysalis - hopefully not of extra-terrestial origin. If my family start treating me with a modicum of respect, then I'll know that this is an 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' scenario. Otherwise I can only assume that this is about to become a butterfly. This photo fails to do justice to the beautiful gold sheen on the casing.
In a scientific experiment, I have worked out that I can run from one end of my garden to the other in under three seconds. But in spite of its bijou proportions, the garden is full of wonders:
Heaven in a wild flower.