After wandering around the garden for a while, I was drawn back to the rows and rows of cocoons waiting to hatch. This is a superficial pause in the life cycle of the butterfly.
On the surface, the insect has withdrawn from the world, apart and yet still vulnerable. But underneath, profound metabolic change is taking place.
It occurred to me, as I stood before them, that we need the same stage as humans in order to effect any significant changes in our lives.
Now, refocused and recharged, I was ready to head to the Galapagos.