Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Safari

A Black Swallowtail emerged from her chrysalis
 while we were on our adventure.
We found her in the kitchen when we returned
last night.

We released her this afternoon when it warmed up.

I feed the birds this afternoon
and watered the mums.

Rain is in the forcast for tomorrow.

It has been very dry.
We need rain.
We had a wonderful couple of days
with our friends.

Cahokia is a world treasure.

It touches my heart.
I was as awed this time as the first time
 I saw these sculptures.
I have read many books about this culture.

We stayed at Femme Osage Haus bed and breakfast.
The Innkeeper, Mary Maassen, was a perfect hostess.
Her 1880's German Farmhouse was exquisite.
Her breakfast delicious! We will stay with her again.

The festival was very fun.

I enjoy being around creative craftsmen.

Always I leave inspired.

My Straw Dolly collection is growing.

We walked the Osage Trail.
I met kindred spirits.

A cold front is coming in.
 We are to have scattered frost by mid-week.
The growing season is almost over.
It is time to plant bulbs.

Happy Sunday Safari.


Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

Swallowtail is beautiful. I love to think of you releasing him into your gardens.

White Mums are gorgeous. As you know I love white flowers.....they always give a feeling of peace and serenity.

I am glad you enjoyed your trip. Being with close friends is the best.
Farmhouse sounds perfect for you......I am sure your needs were catered for.

Have a lovely week ....stay warm, stay happy :0)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It sounds like you had a great time seeing the mounds. I don't think I have ever seen such sculputres done by our native people. What a pleasant surprise to find the butterfly awaiting you when you got home.

Barb said...

Your Swallowtail has lifted my spirits (It's snowing here.) Your time away sounds restorative. Lovely post, Sherry - thanks!

Wendy said...

What a gift to come into the kitchen and see the swallowtail butterfly! How nice of him to drop by.

Your pics are beautiful. I love the way you capture the light as it shines through beaks, wings and flowers.

We've had rain for days! I miss the bright sunshine.
Happy Sunday Safari

Rose said...

Lovely butterflies! We still have a few butterfly visitors here, but I realized that I haven't seen any hummingbirds for the past week. I hope they are safely on their journey to their winter home.

I don't remember ever going to Cahokia Mounds; if I did, it was many, many years ago. It's just a few hours' drive from my home, so I really should try to visit it sometime. The German festival looks like fun--I've attended several of those including many in our community, which has a strong German heritage.

You asked about the white cosmos seeds, and I would be happy to send you some, Sherry. To tell you the truth, I hadn't even thought about collecting seeds from them, but after your comment yesterday I went right out and picked a whole bunch. Once they're dried, I'll send them!

Q said...

Thank you Rose!
I will look forward to receiving the seeds.
I am a seed to seed sort of girl...

David said...

Hey Sherry,
Glad to see that butterfly was fine when you arrived home. We hatched our first this passed summer and it was so wonderful.
Love your photo safari for this week.
David/ :-)

sweetbay said...

Sounds like you had a great trip with your friends. One day I will take another road trip across the country and I'll have to visit those mounds. I love the shots of the butterfly on the white mum. Beautiful.

Judy said...

I love that black swallowtail! I gasped when I saw it, in fact!
And Mrs. C is looking svelte and well groomed as she looks for her seeds!!

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Barbara said...

Dear Sherry, I was just strolling in your last posts, admiring all the beautiful butterflies you took pictures of. Seeing them I have the feeling of being in summer again. Here all butterflies have already gone. Winter is near. It always is a great joy to see your outstanding pictures!
Thank you for your visit and nice comment.
Have a wonderful week!