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Monday, July 26, 2010

Butterflies and more...

Today?

A mix of butterflies, flowers and other things that makes summer wonderful!

A butterfly on some blossoms:







A butterfly AND a bee!! My that bush was BUSY!!:






A blackberry blossom:




A baby bird:




A bunch of wild flag iris by a pond:




A closeup of my yellow bearded iris:




A closeup of my columbine:





Purple lupines!:




O.K.

Maybe EVERYTHING in the summer
isn't
quite
all
beautiful.....

I mean,
I
also
saw

THIS!!:

Feeling itchy?

Looking over your shoulder?

Sorry
about
that!!

Forget that last photo.....

15 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

I wonder if the bee had to take up an holding pattern around the flower whilst the butterfly was there, rather like planes being stacked around a busy airport.

Cathy Clementz said...

That tree stump (or hunk of wood??) that the hornet/wasp is on looks like petrified wood! I envy you being able to be outside!

rainfield61 said...

Happy to be a fan of butterflies.

I am going to run after them ....

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

As always, stunning photos!

You need to get yourself a kayak and get on the water to grab some shots from that point of view. Easy set-up by using a tripod and some bungee cords.
Like this guy:
http://www.meetup.com/paddling-51/photos/1000306/#16725608

Eva Gallant said...

Great photos, but I could have done without the last one! lol

Pat Tillett said...

Nice photos Joan...
A little slice of summer!

Loree said...

I think the beauty far outweighs the 'ugly'. We have far uglier things here once it gets warm. Yes pesky roaches can be found taking a stroll along the promenade too if it's hot and humid enough.

Ginnymo said...

You always have such amazing close ups Joan!! The Butterfly is gorgeous and the flowers beautiful. Is that a little black bird?? I don't like bees either but that is an amazing close up of it. As long as they stay outside where they belong then it's okay with me..

SquirrelQueen said...

Bees, butterflies, birds and flowers....all of my favorite things. I will pass on the last one however, we spend most of the weekend trying to get rid of yellow jacket nests!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures of summer beauty, Joan... Summer is not my favorite season due to the heat---but you help me to know its beuaty regardless. Love your butterflies, your flowers, the baby birdie --and yes, even the wasp...

Hugs,
Betsy

RNSANE said...

That butterfly looks like the monarchs which call CA home for much of the year. I haven't seen one for awhile as they seem to be more prominent a hundred miles south in the Monterey area.

Love the irises - purple ones with yellow roses are my favorite bouquets...I seem to hint constantly but I never get them. Guess I need to speak louder.

L. D. Burgus said...

They are so wonderful to see. It is like overload time with the things we can take pictures of right now. Yours are so good to see.

Shelley said...

That bee photo brings back memories of PAIN! LOl! Last year when I was picking blackberries - I got stung twice. Loved all your flower photos. Can you believe that summer is almost over?!

Bossy Betty said...

Well, I wanted to come live in your photographs until I saw that last one!!

Bernie said...

I love butterflies, they remind me of a rebirth, a new beginning...
gorgeous flowers.....:-) Hugs

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