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Monday, August 1, 2011

Butterflies and Flowers....

I bought this rustic garden moose at a yard sale
and stuck it in one of my gardens.

I was tickled one day to look off my porch and see a goldfinch
on its back:




Nothing like baby birds!
This one is a baby Grackle:






A lupine, bent from the rain and wind:






Bleeding hearts:








A bee on an unknown blooming branch:






A butterfly on lilacs:























A columbine full of seed pods:






Another columbine. I  just love their shape, their tendrils:







I think they call this hawkweed?:

There is just something about flowers and butterflies
that makes me never want to waste a single day in the summer...
how about you?

23 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

Beautiful photographs. The birds and flowers are, of course, in themselves beautiful, but it takes a photographer of talent to bring that beauty to the eye of someone thousands of miles away.

TexWisGirl said...

gosh, these are all gorgeous. you share such lovely photos and beauty. i'm glad to have landed at your blog (finally!)

Brian Miller said...

what a cool wood moose...the columbine does have a very cool shape...and nice capture of the butterflies...love those sky dancers...

Cathy Clementz said...

You sure know about flowers!! And obviously how to make them look their best! All I know about flowers is they are sometimes called posies!

Country Gal said...

OMG ! Your photos are stunning !

VaBookworm87 said...

Your photography keeps getting better and better! :D I've never heard of a grackle before... I wonder if we have them? We really only have cardinals and bluejays... Oh, and seagulls and crows! Lots of those :/

Sandra said...

oh boy, a cackle from a grackle. looks just like he is cackling out loud. i forgot to mention your moose bargain in yesterdays post, there was so much to comment on. i really like it and what a steal. now that is something i would have bought myself. he is really cool. took a lot of talent to create him.

Sharon Wagner said...

Stunning!

Pat said...

This whole post just made me smile....the finch on the wooden moose, the baby grackle (I've never seen a baby grackle before!)....but my favorite of these is the butterfly on the lilacs! Oh my, how beautiful that is...and so colorful!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Love the moose and that is one awesome photo with the touches of lavender in the back or is that periwinkle blue?

Rita said...

Love your moose! Gorgeous pics, as always!! :):)

Bossy Betty said...

Love the baby grackle! What a cutie! I found a baby swallow the other day who had fallen from a very high nest. I tried to save him, but, alas, he didn't make it. The lupine picture is wonderful as well.

Eva Gallant said...

Wow! The butterfly shots and the columbine are amazing!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Just gorgeous photographs, you are correct, makes you want to savor each summer's day.
I love, the shot of the baby bird, so sweet.
~Jo

missing moments said...

Such great photos ... love that little grackle!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love all these pictures,but my favourite has to be the Columbine.

Debbie said...

"and i don't want to miss a thing" great song from steven tyler!!

i remember the moose....the goldfinch looks perfect there!!!

gorgeous variety today, brought me many smiles!!

SquirrelQueen said...

All of your photos are absolutely gorgeous Joan but I love that sweet little baby Grackle! Too cute.

Oops! I just realized what I forgot to send you. I am now tying a string around my finger for next month!

diane b said...

They are relaxing to watch, birds, bees and butterflies. Super shots.

L. D. Burgus said...

Wonderful shots. Your moose has great style and character. The colors are so great in your photos and the butterfly just wouldn't stop letting you take it's picture.

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

Your photos are getting better! (and they were very good to begin with - IMHO) The butterfly/lilac is stunning - back lighting superb and such depth of field. Very nice work! You need to start doing people and go pro (online.)

Pat Tillett said...

So beautiful Betsy! All of them...

Pat Tillett said...

So beautiful Joan! you can delete that last comment by me! Duh!

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