Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine."
Jeffrey Glassberg
Summer always jazzes up the neighborhood with holiday cookouts, impromptu sunset gatherings, folks gardening and doing home maintenance. The business of summer is everywhere. People flitting about to and fro making hay while the sun shines as the birds and bees and butterflies do the same in similar fashion. Walking outside I'm always entertained by some activity. If it isn't a neighbor trundling by in their golf cart, hoards of kids hanging off heading for the pool, then it's the kaleidoscope of active colors in my gardens. The lantana is getting large now and is attracting butterflies and bees and hummingbird months. The Tiger Swallowtails always show up first, and we always see spring Monarchs. The Black Swallowtails are in abundance now, and I'm beginning to spot Buckeyes and Painted Ladies. Soon, the Giant Swallowtails should be here. Actually, I think most of the butterflies are in abundance now, but not in my garden. I need to plant some early spring flowers to attract them even earlier. Butterflies are my favorite Winged Wonders.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

This photo is just beautiful. I always think that butterflies look like they have fur when such close photos are shown of them.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hi Lisa. Thank you so much for stopping by. I agree - closeups of butterflies do show FUR in the offing! I love that - those surprises of textures!

Naturegirl said...

I've not had the winged wonders stop by my garden yet! The butterfly bush soon will blossom so I'm quite anxious ..such a wonderful closeup!


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