June 25, 2014 – The Really Good Stuff

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Our little friends.  A constant presence throughout the summer.

 

 

36 thoughts on “June 25, 2014 – The Really Good Stuff

  1. I love to start my day going to your page first! 🙂 Lovely photos! Maybe I can borrow some to paint from and then credit you when I post in on my blog?

    1. What a very nice compliment. I’m thrilled you find my blog sufficiently interesting – or enjoyable – or entertaining, to start your day with it. Yes, you may use the photos. Please do. That’s awesome. Credit me back if you like. It will be fun for me to see and make the connection. Thanks. 🙂

    1. The camera I use is a Sony Cybershot. It is a great camera, but not fancy. No interchangeable lenses. Really, just a household camera. It is quite limited on zooming in on subjects at any distance and I struggle with depth-of-field issues, but it is amazing on the close-range macro shot. I had never practiced photography before I started blogging, and now I’m out in the yard every evening and any other time I’m around, looking for that awesome shot. It’s fun. If I had a more professional camera I would be able to share many more good pictures of birds, as they present themselves often, but at a distance which is not convenient for this camera. Some day, I guess. But even with a fancy camera, I bet I would still use this one for macro. Cheers. 🙂

        1. Wow! You read manuals. I’m impressed! Maybe if I could stay awake with a manual in front of me I could sort out those depth-of-field issues. 🙂

  2. Magnificent captures! Your beautiful garden is butterfly’s heaven 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing, Jim!

    1. This month compared to last month? More. This month compared to last year? Fewer, I’d say. Plenty of the little white dudes I show in this post. Not quite as many yellow swallowtails and I haven’t been seeing the blue swallowtails. Maybe they come later. I don’t really keep track. We have had nice populations of Monarchs in the past but not for several years. How about you? I haven’t seen many hummingbirds yet this year, but the red flowers are only just beginning to bloom. They love red. Once the cannas are blooming, I hope to see lots of hummingbirds.

      1. Let us continue to be hopeful. It seems that the bird population has multiplied (and of course, those wild rabbits) and there are many more bees. But fewer butterflies, and no hummers yet. We had a viburnum bush that would be stripped of its leaves each spring/summer by (I think) the yellow swallowtails, but it barely came back this year, and there are fewer swallowtails. Admirals, I’ve seen a few. Monarchs? None. Let’s see what summer brings, Jim. do let me know.

  3. You begin and you finish with the same pictures : you tell us a pretty story !!!
    Les photos sont pleines de détails, le regard et l’approche artistique se prononcent de plus en plus.
    J’aime beaucoup les gouttelettes de pluie (ou de rosée) sur le pois de senteur.

    1. Hi Christiane. Very similar, but not quite the same. The first picture has a background of green (phlox plants) and the last has a background of yellow (gloriosa daisy blooms), but I cropped the first so closely, you wouldn’t really be able to tell the difference. Je suis heureux que vous remarquez que la qualité artistique augmenté. J’étudie vos bouqets et je deviens un artiste. 🙂

    1. You get right to the heart of the matter. I took all those pictures within about 1/2 hour. The butterflies were flitting about from flower to flower. Disregarding the white flowers, pausing at the yellow flowers but moving right along. Stopping and drinking at the purple flowers – exclusively the purple flowers. They must be The Really Good Stuff. Cheers. 🙂

    1. Thanks Julie. That is most interesting. I suppose I could google “range of the cabbage butterfly” but I haven’t. It is 1000 times more interesting to hear from you that they live in your garden as well. If they are in Indiana and New Zealand, they have sorted out survival on this big earth, eh? I like them. They usually flutter abut in groups of two, three or four, ever present through the summer. My little bug buddies. Cheers. 🙂

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! The colors, so vibrant makes me want to touch them! Beautiful capture on the butterflies.

    1. Thanks. They stop and drink just long enough for me to photograph them. I haven’t managed to capture the bigger butterflies yet. All things in due time. Have a great day. 🙂

  5. When I opened your post today, the first thing I said was, “oh, Wow”. I’m enjoying your blog with my morning coffee, beautiful.

    1. Thanks Eily. It is a lucky butterfly. Actually a whole lucky family of them. The flutter around, dancing in the air, much of the day throughout the summer. And rarely drink from a plant which is not purple. I hope you have them in England. Jule, of Frog Pond Farm, says she has them in New Zealand. Chhers. Have a great day. 🙂

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