Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

butterfly

The image above was taken by my roommate, Zoey, at Butterly Wonderland in Arizona. The word “Boundaries” tends to have a negative connotation. When I hear the word “boundaries” I think about several things: relationships, the U.S-Mexico border, concrete fences separating prisoners from a free world. But, “boundaries” can also be a good thing… Sometimes, boundaries protect us from the bad, danger, and from things that aren’t meant to be in our lives.

Miniature cones are placed on the ground next to butterflies who decide to land on the floor. This seemingly simple boundary (orange cone) is placed between a delicate, beautiful creature and humans. However, the orange cone also symbolizes captivity, and the inability for this butterfly to be free.

Sometimes they will make you feel safe, loved, and protected. Sometimes, you will be left yearning for freedom, wanting release. Boundaries, however you interpret them, are engrained in our life experiences. It’s really all about how you look at them, and how you learn to navigate the world of barriers.