Most summers, I’m outside with my dogs and BUTTERFLY! Off I’d go to try and take a picture of one of those gorgeous jeweled distractions.
Then I’ll put my camera down and HUMMINGBIRD!
I can’t help myself. A butterfly is like a flower that suddenly breaks free of its stem to fly someplace better, constantly changing is mind along the way.
Hummingbirds seem to defy physics in an effortlessly beautiful and completely fascinating way.
Both bring out the photographer in me; I just have to keep taking pictures of them, even if I have 8,762 butterfly or hummingbird photos already.
Recently, I went back through the pictures I took this summer and picked out the best ones. It helps keep the diverse beauty and glory of these delightful winged creatures with me just a little longer.
The most common visitors to my garden were swallowtails.
There’s always an assortment of what butterfly enthusiasts refer to as LBBs: little brown butterflies. At first glance, they seem the same. Up close, you start to notice differences.
Sometimes you have to look really carefully to even see the elusive creatures. Perhaps because they’re hidden.
Or incredibly small.
Or on the move.
I love them all, but am particularly attracted to the dramatic ones.
I think the Great Spangled Fritillary gets a prize for the best butterfly name. It reminds me of an old-fashioned exclamation, as in: “Great spangled fritillary, Martha! The bears are in the blueberry patch!”
I’m also a fan of Monarchs, though we’ve been seeing less each year. I think we were just a migration rest stop for the few we saw.
Then there are the other interesting creatures who visit my garden. Like the clearwing hummingbird moth.
And of course, the hummingbirds themselves. This is my favorite photo of the summer.
Starting in August the hummingbirds get very territorial, and fight aerial battles, beaks clicking and the zip and zoom across the yard.
Now it’s October, our resident hummers have left, and the last of the migrating hummingbirds have passed through our yard. My still-blooming garden, once full of fluttering wings, is ruled by bees instead of butterflies.
Until next year…
Are there photos opportunities that you can’t resist?
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