Wednesday, September 19, 2007


I spent my afternoon
with the Swallowtails.
Two Giant Swallowtails
claimed the zinnias by the back sidewalk.
Two Black Swallowtails
claimed the zinnias by the back patio.

A female Tiger Swallowtail
share the zinnias on the east side
with the Monarchs.

I am keeping my eye out for the Spice Bush Swallowtail.
Her host plants are growing very nicely.


Anonymous said...

Wow, so many more amazing photos of these swallowtails that you captured! BRAVO~

Q said...

Dear Mon@rch,
I am a little bit butterfly crazy right now. Lots of monarchs are coming to the zinnias. I counted five this afternoon. I did not see any laying eggs and all of the Monarchs looked "new". I love all your bird sightenings. You live in bird haven!
I will be back to birds soon. The butterflies will leave soon.

Anonymous said...

Q- I've been away for awhile. I've been camping in California, spending most of my days outdoors. Birds like to feed on the berries of the alder tree I sleep under. I love waking up to the birds. A chirping Wren made me think of you the other day. It was fun to catch up on the blog, beautiful sunflowers!! A plant of my heart.
Much love~Lavender

Q said...

Dear Lavender,
Oh, I have missed you! How wonderful to sleep under the canopy of the Alder trees. Chriping Wren! Sweetness galore.
We will need to do much catching up. I was in the temperate rain forest a few weeks ago...Heaven on Earth. The deer ate most of my sunflowers this year. I have a few left... very few.
My lavender is doing good. I did not harvest any this year and it is in its second bloom. It was badly nipped in the April freeze. I am letting it set seed and hopefully it will reseed and be lovely next year.
Some of the rosemary survived the April frost. I lost most of it but leaving it alone this growing season has been a good thing. It has grown so much! I might even be able to do a small harvest for winter use.
Glad you are back. Do call.

Mary said...

Stay with your swallowtails. I'm looking forward to Friday :o)

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I do love them. I was trying to get my trip scrapbook started but the Swallowtails kept me outside all afternoon.
I can do my scapbook after they leave.
I am so excited about Slide Show Fridays! I am working on my music for it tonight! I keep thinking about what photos I will use too. I have so many that never get posted.
Can't wait until you do one. They are fun!

Naturegirl said...

I danced with the butterflies for one afternoon and you dance every day!
How wonderful is that! Gorgeous!
hugs NG

Judy said...

Amazing photo's as usual.

Q said...

Dear Naturegirl,
I am butterfly dependant! I would love to have a conservatory in my backyard. Maybe when my husband retires he will build me one.
We both dance with the butterflies!

Q said...

Dear Judy,
Thank you. I respect your work so very much. "Numbers" is a work of great love. I thank you for sharing your work. You have touched my soul.
Thank you.