With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Outdoor Wednesday ~ End of Summer Activity

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ End of Summer Activity

Our grandson, Jared, was walking Raider around the house and came running in to tell me about all of the monarch butterflies on my 'pink flowers'.  He was right!  I had never seen so many at one time.  They were flitting all over the yard at each grouping of Sedum.
I grabbed my camera, but Monarchs flutter away when you try to get near.  Actually, they were all fluttering about and barely lighted on a blossom for more than a moment.
I counted 10-15 butterflies frantically fluttering from Sedum to Butterfly Bush.  And that was just at one area.  They were beautiful and we were very excited to see them!
Returning to the house I noticed my pots of Dahlia looking a little happier than they had been.  I couldn't resist the soft pink ones.
Just a few bare stems remains of my parsley.  But I don't mine sharing with these very hungry caterpillars.  I can anticipate an abundance of butterflies next year.
(Previous post on these Eastern Black Swallowtails)
Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

23 comments:

Traci said...

Great pictures!!

Mary said...

I've seen more butterflies this summer than in years past, but NOTHING like this! What a treat to have so many beautiful visitors :-)

Mildred said...

You know how I love butterflies. What wonderful pictures. I'm glad Jared called your attention to them. I had forgotten how the caterpillars loved the parsley. I've never grown dahlias but they are such sweet blossoms. Always a pleasure visiting with you Lorraine.

NanaDiana said...

Hi! What a lovely post with summer leaving us and the butterflies soon to be headed off. Those dahlias are absolutely beautiful. I always think of them in the brighter colors but the soft pink and blush tones are so pretty.

If you haven't already..check out Lauries post from HeavensWalk. She did a complete write up about Monarch butterflies yesterday and a history of their life and flight and how they are now endangered. I think you might find it interesting.

Hugs- have a great night- Diana

Julie said...

Beautiful photos! The dahlia is amazing! I planted some this year but I don't think they came up. :(

Average Girl said...

Firstly, I cannot believe that you are old enough to have a grandson and secondly, well done on those photos! Seeing all those butterflies was amazing!
Happy Wednesday to you!

Cheers Tracy
www.goodgirlgoneaverage.blogspot.com

BECKY said...

Hi Gal! Love these butterflies! They always make me smile! I want to plant some butterfly flowers here...just haven't gotten around to it!!
Your dahlias are divine! So soft and pretty!!
Thank you for sharing!!
Have a joyful week!
Becky

Deb said...

Your photography is beautiful...of course you have good subject matter, too...God's creations!

BECKY said...

OK...I feel bad now...I had no idea you purchased cards from my shop! How did I miss that? Did you get the Birds of a Feather or the other 4 bird cards? Thank you so very much for your purchase! And thank you for saying something about them in your comment. What a dear you are. You can email me at junktojoyshop@yahoo.com
Thanks again gal!
HUGS
Becky

Luna Miranda said...

oh wow, the butterflies love your garden! delightful photos.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Beautiful shots. One of my favorite things when I taught was teaching the butterfly life cycle and letting the little ones release the butterflies.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love how they're all perched in exactly the same direction in the first photo! It does look like you're going to have lots of swallowtails next year!

natalia said...

Ciao ! The butterflies and the caterpillars are fantastic as your wonderful flowers !! great wednesday !

Maggie Ann said...

How amazing! I would have liked to have had that experience also...=)

Dayle said...

Breathtaking shots. Simply beautiful.

Ann said...

Fabulous pictures. That must have been wonderful to see all those butterflies at once. Then all those caterpillars on one plant.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a delightful collection of images to share on the first day of Autumn! I love Monarchs and we don't have any in our cold country, so this is a real treat.

Daisy said...

such pretty pictures!!! I noticed what SavoringTime in the Kitchen did too - I thought maybe it was photoshopped - but from the other photos it looks like maybe it was the real deal!! GREAT SHOT!! :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

What striking pictures. You even make those caterpillars look cute. The butterflies, however, are magnificent!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Wow, there are so many butterflies and caterpillars! They are all so beautiful!

~ Tracy

Shandy said...

Oh, how pretty and what a wonderous sight for your grandson! I plant flowers in my gardens just for hummingbirds and butterflies. Your pink dahlia is delicate and pretty. What a great picture of a perfect blossom.

marie said...

What a wonderful treat seeing all those butterflies must have been! Good eye Jared!

My favorite shots are the two of the dahlia...it's beautiful!

Beth said...

What wonderful photos! Considering how quickly they were moving, you did a great job of capturing their images.

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