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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nature Notes and Weekend Snapshot: Wildlife is a buzzing

Saturday I went outside into my back garden to try and photograph the colorful moths and butterflies for my nature notes/weekend snapshot post.
I have so many plants attracting the colorful moths and butterflies the it should be easy to photograph them but there are also a zillion bees.The bees are more interested in the flowers than they are in me but the quantity makes it hard to walk through them. I had a big fat bumblebee land on my shirt. It didn't sting me but it took awhile for it to move which was a little unnerving.The blackberries are starting to set their fruit and I can't wait. I love blackberries and I have a lot of them.The next shot shows the bottom part of my garden close to my house and the blackberry vines are a large mass to the left and the butterfly weed, yarrow, hibiscus, purple cone flower, orientalis, coriopsis, black eyed susan, and others are on the right although most aren't blooming yet.Facing my greenhouse and storage building which are up the hill in the back away from my house, you get an idea of how hard walking through the wildflowers and perennials which are filled with bees as well as butterflies can be.It's hard to see what's blooming until I walk through my garden and up to specific beds. The larkspur is in bloom which is a favorite of mine.A few coriopsis are beginning to bloom, although only the large ones not the miniatures.
Some of the gerber daisies started blooming quite early which I've posted about before and there are still some yet to bloom. I like it when some of the blooms are staggered although these daisies will bloom off and only until the autumn.The white yarrow is blooming although the yed and yellow yarrow aren't blooming yet.I'm pretty sure I've posted the early hydrangea blooms but they are becoming bluer and fuller by the minute. The cardinals continue to pop in and out of the trees like temporary flowers.
I'll end with a shot from my morning walk on the greenway trail near my house and boy is it green.Please visit Nature Notes and Weekend Snapshot for other participants.

26 comments:

Kero said...

Happy Sunday, Carver! wonderful photos you have here as always....and my favorite of them all is the third shot. You can almost see the veins of the butterfly's wings!My WS entry is here http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/search/label/weekend%20snapshot

Cezar and Léia said...

Hi Carver!
Fabulous pictures as usually!I loved the last one "greenway trail near your house". I think it's a kind of privilege to be there in so wonderful landscape!
Great post!
Léia

ellen b. said...

What a lovely setting Carver! Love your garden and that nearby trail! The butterfly shots are great!

Ascender Rises Above said...

so cool to see the butterflys; we dont get many butterflies here. mostly moths. though i have promised my daughters that we will take a trip to the coast to the monarch butterfly farm at christmas; as that is when they release.

Ebie said...

This is a beautiful set of photos. I love the butterflies and I find it hard to take photos of them.

Pretty Life Online said...

lovely shots...butterflies are self propelled flowers!!! Mine's up too hope you can drop by. Have a great day!

Dr.John said...

You sure have a nice garden.Our rose bushes are growing but all our other flowers we bought this year.

Mirage said...

I enjoy looking at your shots that are so close to nature, I do not have as much, but hopefully soon Id be able to explore the greeny part of my city. Enjoy your week!

Arlene said...

These are beautiful shots of nature, Carver!

I love all the flowers and butterflies. The green is so lush...so spirng!

Have a great week ahead!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice series of shots. The butterfly shots are really nice. Thanks for the tour of your wonderful yard.
:-)

ellen said...

Have a nice weekend! Mine is up! Hope to hear from you soon!

luna miranda said...

You have a beautiful place! no wonder your colorful visitors love to stay in your garden.

Dora said...

I love nature. Green is good for our eyes!

Hazel said...

beautiful pictures. i like the redness of the daisies among the green, and the blooms becoming blue. have a great week.

Leora said...

I can see why you like the larkspur. I should grow daisies. It looks so beautiful where you live.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's great to see nature blooming at its best. I love the photos of the butterflies taking advantage of the beautiful flowers.

Daryl said...

That was so much fun, I felt like I was there ..

jmb said...

Considering you have snow there Carver I am surprised at some of the things which are hardy. Gerberas are never hardy here, we have them as house plants.

the donG said...

the first shots of butterflies, bees and moths are the ones that i like the most in this set. it seems that they all moved in a slow motion.

Rambling Woods said...

Great post for Nature Notes...You have so much going on. It has been so cold here that there was a frost warning in the valley areas...I am hoping that the weather warms up to where it should be so I can get out more...but at least I can enjoy your photos....
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Nicole said...

That's a beautiful collection of Mother nature!
Your garden must be awesome!
Blackberries here will still take another 2 months at least :)

Ayie said...

so pretty...it's very relaxing to commune with nature

prinsesamusang said...

wow i kind of missed spring because of your photos. it is rainy season here now.

btw, got a blog award for you on my space.

Gaston Studio said...

So nice of you to visit my blog today; glad to make your acquaintance!

These are wonderful photos and I'll be back to look at more.

Jane

SandyCarlson said...

These are amazing and perfect. Very well done.

Rambling Woods said...

Carver..I missed putting up your link somehow..but I have it now..sorry about that...
Michelle From Rambling Woods