Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Butterflies - Flying Flowers

Once again I will feature Jakes' photography.
We have had more butterflies on the yard in the last week or so
than we had all last summer.
This first one is a Red Admiral.These are by far the most abundant right now.
It is not uncommon to see 3 or 4 in a small area.
Of course the most well known butterfly is the Monarch.
Again,last year we saw only one or two,and that was late in the season.
We now have several floating around the yard.
The Lilacs have lost most of their beauty,but the butterflies still seem to find some nourishment.
I am thankful for these flying flowers,as they grace the faded blooms.
These are all taken by Jake,and here is one reason why.
This Mourning Cloak landed on my arm and hand twice in a short time.
I find it to be such a special thing when a butterfly softly lands on me.
He then decided to go for a ride on my camera lens.
It's pretty hard to take a picture of him myself.
I did take a picture of a different one,while I had this visitor on my lens.
We had been disappointed with the lack of birds,but God knows how to send a ray of sunshine into each life.

God adorns each day with bouquets of blessing.

26 comments:

  1. The are great photos. Good job!

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  2. beautiful profile flowers, and butterflies

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  3. Such beautiful sight. Truly delightful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    God bless both.

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  4. Such neat pictures and such friendly little visitors.

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  5. Your flying flowers are breathtaking. How sweet and precious for the beautiful thing to land on you and your camera. The photo of your hand with the butterfly is wonderful. Diane

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  6. Here in New Zealand, the Monarch lay theor eggs on the Swan plant. People grow the swan plant for the butterflies.

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  7. OH my goodness! Such beautiful butterflies! I can't wait to see some here!! Lovely!

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  8. O Ruth, I love this post! How sweet it landed on your hand (and lens heehee) There have been reports of alot of red admirals in my area too, but I just got back from a trip and I haven't been able to go hiking yet, so I haven't seen any. I've never seen a monarch before (I know, crazy) so I'm hoping this year is going to be the year :)

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!

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  9. Funshots!When I see a butterfly attracted to a plant I plant more the next year.Each year we tag Monarchs for a study with the U. of Kansas. They watch the migration to Mexico and back.Mourning Cloak and Red Admiral are in the Brush-footed family, one of my favorite to study. Admiral larvae feed on nettles.

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  10. At first I thought the Mourning Cloak was a moth because it has such a chubby body - but what do I know, lol! These are beautiful, delicate, wispy creatures - for our pleasure. What an awesome God! Loved your flying flowers landing on your hand!

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  11. Hi Ruth -and Jake, The butterflies are amazing. Your pictures are GREAT... Glad you are having so many butterflies this summer.

    Love your new header...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. What a wonderful treat. How lucky to have two cameras ready to go!

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  13. Ruth: It is wonderful that you have so many stopping by.

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  14. it must be a butterfly year! we have dozens in our yard, many, many more than usual. and one tried to sit on my lens, just like yours, but did not quite land. they are very brave this year and beautiuful just like yours. great photos

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  15. it must be a butterfly year! we have dozens in our yard, many, many more than usual. and one tried to sit on my lens, just like yours, but did not quite land. they are very brave this year and beautiuful just like yours. great photos

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  16. All your butterflies look like beautiful angels!! So happy to see the Monarch. I heard that they had a bad wintering year in Mexico and their population is down this year.

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  17. Our birds are few and far between except a handful of sparrows, some of the grackles and their fledglings and a few mourning doves. And a cardinal couple are still here plus a white breasted nuthatch and a titmouse. That's really it and they were here all winter. Nothing new. I saw a red admiral the other day and a tiger swallowtail drifted over the fence. Not much else. Not even many cabbage whites.

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  18. I have seen so many butterflies this year after a very poor year in 2009. Mourning Cloaks are usually so skittish, flying away when I approach. What a great shot on your arm!

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  19. Kudos, Jake, for these fabulous butterfly photos! I see Monarchs here, too---they are the only butterflies whose name I know!

    I love your montage of lovely flowers in your header photo, too, Ruth. You and Jake both do such nice work with your photography!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog regularly. It's fun having regular visitors, especially sisters and brothers in Christ!

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  20. Jake's pictures are beautiful. What a special post!

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  21. Wow, these are beautiful picture's!!

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  22. You are special -- butterflies are not the only species that want to be near you. Hopefully the butterflies will tell the birds about what good hosts you are and the birds will come.

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  23. So pretty Jake and Ruth. We have plenty of birds but not too many Butterflies yet.Thanks for thr stunning shots.
    B.

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  24. I can't imagine what it would be like to live where there are so many beautiful butterflies! Thanks for sharing them in your Very Nice Photos! ;)

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  25. These are all so awesome, Jake! Ruth... I love your storytelling. :o) The one that landed on you, and your camera, made me giggle. I'm not too sure how I'd handle that. I'm sure I would be fine... I'd be a little jumpy though. LOL

    All lovely shots and make the flying flowers look a little less scary to silly me. :o)

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