After the Storm: Butterfly Days

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Our morning dawned clear and cool.  A nice breeze blew through the garden this morning, helping to dry raindrops from leaf, petal,, and blade.  A morning like this serves as a delicious appetizer for the cooler, brighter fall days nearly upon us.

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I started the morning on our deck, emptying anything with standing water.  Butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds and bees floated past as I worked.   And so I was more than ready to head out to the garden as soon as our breakfast dishes cleared the sink.

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Armed only with camera, sheers, and gloves; my dual mission was to hunt butterflies with my camera while tidying things up a bit.  A perfect morning for weeding and trimming begins with soft Earth and a breeze.  One could not hope for a better August day than this one.

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The storm rumbled on for quite a while last night, but brought us only rain.  We were happy the winds didn’t reach our garden.  Another front passed very early this morning, before sunrise, leaving behind wetness everywhere.

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We appreciate the rain, which keeps the garden growing and the flowers opening.  And we appreciate the coolness and breezes which greeted us this morning.

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But mostly, we appreciate the beautiful creatures drawn in each day to drink their fill of nectar in our garden.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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8 responses to “After the Storm: Butterfly Days

  1. Rain. I can only dream about it right now! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

  2. Love your black swallowtails – we don’t get many here – mostly yellow tigers and lots of fritillarias. Saw another Monarch today – yippee! 🙂

    • Yippee! I saw one over the weekend, but not in our garden. They may be out there and I just havent’ spotted one yet. I’m so glad your Monarchs have found you 😉 We’re had more Zebra Swallowtails than black this year. These are the first captures of the season.

  3. Hello WG. We had a loud, rumbly evening which served to reduce Max to a quivering little mess, but other than that, no problems. I’ve never seen an August in Virginia this green or the corn as tall as it is. We have much to be grateful for – California friends are just parched and some in BC are on water restrictions right now. Wish I could share!

    • I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear from you, Barbara 😉 And to hear you weren’t touched by the wind is icing on the cake. Poor Max. Storms are so hard on our little guys. But the corn is the same here, and the trees just intensely green, where the leaves aren’t beginning to change a little already. I’m sure you saw Rickii’s comment talking about the drought in OR, too. May everyone get the rain they need here at the end of summer. Giant hugs to you, ❤ ❤ ❤ WG

  4. My Rose of Sharon is far from the house, so I forget to check it out as often as it deserves…didn’t realize it was a butterfly haven.

    • Oh, Rickii… butterflies, bees and hummingbirds just love it. It is a weedy tree- but when it blooms it is well worth leaving it during the rest of the year. I hope yours is feeding lots of butterflies as well 😉

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