Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Morning Butterflies

After I fed the birds
I went backyard butterfly hunting.

The Wild Indigo Duskywing
has a white frilly skirt on her hind wings.

I never weary of the female Tiger Swallowtail.
Whenever I see her I am awed.

She has faded some.
Her disguise helps to keep her safe.

Seeing the Monarchs in the morning
is a wonderful way to start the day.

I say goodbye to July.
I have seen 31 different varieties of butterflies in my backyard this past month.
It has been a good month.


PAT said...

Gorgeous photos as usual Sherry. I have a new monitor. I always thought your photos amazing...but I can really see how wonderful they are now!


Tumblewords: said...

Sherry - your photos are National Geographic quality. Your words are so poetic - I always enjoy my visits here...

Anonymous said...

perfect butterfly shots for sure! Also the monarch is perfect!

Sprite said...


Dear Sherry,

The Monarch photo is absolutely gorgeous! It is pristine.


Q said...

Hi Pat,
Thank you!
Oh, a new monitor! Very nice!
Sometimes the camera does see what I see!
So glad you enjoy the photos. I sure do enjoy taking the pictures.

Q said...

Hi Tumblewords,
My goodness, if they want I have a few backyard birds and or butterflies for them! You are so kind. Thank you.
It would be a great article for National Geographic, something on the need for gardeners to plant native and begin replacing some of the wildflowers the butterflies so depend on. The loss habitat is terrible for them.
I do not write very much, just enough I hope.
Thank you for your continued support.
I enjoy your writings and your art!

Q said...

Hi Mon@rch,
I thought of you this morning when I saw the Monarchs!
They seemed to like the zinnias today.
You do such wonderful work at the banding station. Everytime I check you have another outstanding bird.
Soon we will be in migration; the Monarchs will start their incredible journey.

Q said...

Hi Sprite,
I thought I saw your glitter! You are so kind to me! Thank you.
Monarchs are easy to photograph as they stay about feeding for awhile. Not like some of the Flutterbies!
When the Monarchs are "new" they are shiny and so perfect.
A new brood must have "hatched".
I hope they find the Milkweed. The zinnias are crowding the milkweed. Next year I will plant the zinnias in different locations and let the milkweed take over the butterfly perennial garden.
Already I can tell I will miss the butterflies come winter. Like I always do.

Deb said...

31 different varieties of butterflies - how fantastic! We still get excited when our sole Monarch visits daily :-}

Q said...

Dear Deb,
I understand the joy of seeing the Monarch. It is celebration time. When the Tiger comes I call out, "Tiger is in the zinnias". I do this even when no-one else is home! I have a desire of wanting to know each individual butterfly!

Mary said...

It's because of you.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I like to think so but I think they come for the food!