Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Almost Wordless Wednesday


The butterflies finally found us this weekend and they've been everywhere. I don't ever remember having so many swallowtails in the garden at one time before.

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35 comments:

Frances said...

Oh Randy, I nearly fainted from the beauty of these shots. The first one looks like the flutterby is floating down from heaven to the yellow Honeycomb? Thanks, I needed that shot of sublime. :-)
Frances

Jamie and Randy said...

Frances, how odd, I felt the same way when I saw 'Palo Duro Canyon'!:-)--Randy

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What great shots of the butterfly invasion. I love the first butterfly floating in the air as you often see them but rarely are they captured on film like this.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Wonderful photos. I love the yellow butterfly plant. I haven't seen it anywhere before. I does look something like a honeycomb;)
Marnie

Jamie and Randy said...

Lisa,
I tried to get more photos of them but I wasn't fast enough. Thank you. :-)

Marnie,
I'm not sure what zone your are in but 'Honeycomb' is hardy to zone 5a. Our butterflies prefer it to all other butterfly bushes.--Randy

Nell Jean said...

It takes lots of patience to catch them on the wing. Beautiful shot of the Tiger Swallowtail on the rise. I think pictures of the garden that include the visitors are always super.

I'm determined to catch another shot of a Dogface Sulphur in flight, they fold their wings when they alight, so frustrating. Waiting on my new camera to arrive so I can go stand in the sun and humidity and wait, lol.

Darla said...

Gorgeous captures!!!!!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Wow, wonderful photos! I've seen a lot more butterflies this past week than I have all summer as well! P.S. Nandina was looking red and came inside for about a month, but is now back outside for a week and looking better. :)

Gail said...

I have to agree with Frances...that first shot is wonderful and the effect is that the flutterby is slowly descending...and then there is another shot with those fantastic wings open...it must be lovely in the garden right now. gail

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats Randy.... Now that they have found you, there will be more and more fo them. The butterflies are beautiful and so are your photos. WOW!!!!

Thanks!
Hugs,
Betsy

GardenJoy4Me said...

OK Randy .. I almost swallowed my gum when i saw how stunning these pictures are .. you should give a warning about how the sharp intake of breath from these beauties might makes us do that !!! LOL
Awesome !!
Joy .. ;-)

sweet bay said...

Gorgeous shots Randy! I love them all, they're beautiful!

Caroline said...

These are magnificent! Simply breathtaking!

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

I can see your photos -- must be all of the traffic looking at your great photography.

The same thing has happened here! Suddenly, there are swallowtails everywhere! When I was out stalking them with my camera, there were eight on one buddleia!

My husband and I have our morning coffee on the front porch in the summer. I planted tall zinnias in with the perennials. The swallowtails just adore those zinnias! I'm thinking of putting out saucers of orange slices for them.

I will come back later to see if your photos will load.
Cameron

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

The photos loaded!

Oh my! I just love that first one so much! All are fantastic.

Cameron

Jake said...

Wow, those really are great pictures!

Jake

Les said...

I know it has been said in other comments, but that first shot is stunning. Has National Geographic called you yet?

Jamie and Randy said...

Nell Jean,
I just put the camera on burst shot where it will keep taking picture. I hold down the button and hope for the best. LOL—Randy
Thank you, Darla. It was mostly luck!

Monica
It took them long enough to get here. I’m glad your Nandina is doing well; I still think you could put in the ground and it would probably come back from the roots if it died back. Is it growing any?

Gail,
That first photo did come out good, but I really wish it would have been just a tiny bit more crisp, when you enlarge it, it gets kind of fuzzy. But I’m pleased with it, I’m still learning.

Betsy,
That’s just fine with me I hope I’m overwhelmed large numbers of them. They are flying works of art!

Cough Joy! Cough! You are just too, funny! I bet you are a Hoot in real life! I’m glad you like them and your compliments are very encouraging!

Thanks Sweet Bay,
For a little while I didn’t think we were going to get any this year.

Thanks Caroline!
That is certainly a compliment coming from you with all those fabulous butterfly shots you get! If I knew how to put a link in a comment I would send folks to look at the one you just posted. Can someone tell me how to do that?

Cameron,
Sometime Flickr has what they call “Hiccups”. That’s probably what the problem was. I’m glad you like the photos. How ironic that you were talking about orange slices! I’m doing that this weekend. I’m taking those plant stakes with the loop at the top and gluing saucers to them to make little stands. I’m going to the flea market to buy saucers. You and I seem to be on the same wave length a lot, are you an Aquarius? LOL

Jake,
It’s always good to see you here, thank you for being a regular. As far as the pictures go, I’m not even going to tell you how many I had to take to get those few lucky shots.

Les,
I wish they would call me. I couldn't even imagine being paid to take garden photos! What fun that would be! Just like Jake, I want to thank you for becoming a regular here. Every single comment is appreciated and it encourages me with my photography and writing.--Randy

Phillip said...

Randy, what everybody else said. These are stunning!

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank you Phillip! Have a good day today and don't work too hard in the garden.--Randy

Blossom said...

Beautiful captures of insects. The first one looks so huge. Is she?

Jamie and Randy said...

Hi Blossom! There were four in the garden at the time I took this photo. Ithink she's the largest one I've ever seen, at least 1/3 larger than the others.--Randy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Randy... Me again... Check my blogs (yesterday's and today's). I wrote 'my' story..
Hugs,
Betsy

lynn'sgarden said...

Bowing to you, 'Oh Great Photographer'..Randy! These are crisp and clear images...can't tell you how many hundreds of pics I've deleted in the last few days of fuzzy butterflies..lol. Love these! AND, I want a yellow buddleia now ;)

Jamie and Randy said...

Lynn,
You are so funny!I taken tons of furry butterfly pics too. Tons!--Randy

Connie said...

Fanastic photos....just beautiful!

tina said...

They love all your beautiful flowers-and now you have ones that fly too! Great shots!

flyingstars said...

simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

Jan said...

I haven't had many butterflies at all this summer which is rather disappointing. I enjoyed seeing your photos though.

Jan
Always Growing

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank all of you so much for the compliments.I try hard to post interesting pictures. Some are good and some are just okay.--Randy

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

It's all that outstanding Lantana you have. Butterfly bushes too. Glad you're seeing so much winged beauty in the garden. Isn't gardening the best?~~Dee

Jamie and Randy said...

Dee,
I had just about given up. The monarchs still haven't made it and this week the trees started dropping the leaves like it's fall already.--Randy

Nelumbo said...

Wow, I love these pics! I would love to get a good picture of a hummingbird moth.

Jamie and Randy said...

Nelumbo welcome to Our Eden! You can get a good picture of one. Just point your camera and start taking pictures, sooner or later you'll get a good one. That's my secret.:-)--Randy

Annie in Austin said...

Wow! So glad I was able to stop in to catch these photos, Randy... truly exquisite work. The hummingbird moth knocked me over.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose