Archive for July, 2010

31
Jul
10

a few assorted wildflowers

Musk Mallow

Wild Bergamot

Grass of Parnassus

Wild Mint

Woundwort

Wild Bergamot

Purple Fringed Orchid

Harebell

St. John’s Wort

29
Jul
10

a thankful heart

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.

~Charles G. Finney~

28
Jul
10

happy cat

(I love it when he smiles like this)

If animals could talk, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

~Mark Twain~

27
Jul
10

vervain

I have some serious catching up to do here.  I took these pics over two weeks ago out at Piers Gorge.  I have more flower pics from that outing, but I want to devote this post entirely to Vervain, because it is my favorite wildflower. It seems to like moist areas, because I find it in ditches and near rivers.  The blossoms are actually a much deeper, richer shade of purple than what shows here.  I can’t seem to capture their true color, no matter how I set the camera.

25
Jul
10

monarch project 2010

This morning I was treated to the opportunity to watch another butterfly emerge from it’s chrysalis.  I had the butterfly house sitting on the kitchen counter with the top off, and just kept an eye on it and had the camera ready.  As I was standing there I noticed the butterfly starting to come out, so I started taking pictures.  I took several pics of it coming out, then I took one picture every minute until the wings were full size.  The whole process took from 11:54 to 12:09.  I also took a few pics of it before I released it.

This is the chrysalis about 1/2 hour before the butterfly came out.

11:54

11:55

11:57

12:09 pm.

2:20 pm.

21
Jul
10

piers gorge

These are some HDR shots that I took out at Piers Gorge about a week ago.

19
Jul
10

freedom

This is the butterfly that I featured in the previous post.  It came out of its chrysalis at 7:34 am, and I took it outside at around 1:30 pm.  I put it in the daylilies, where it sat for awhile, then flew away.  I took a walk last night and found 3 more caterpillars, who are now happily munching away on milkweed in the butterfly house.

I figured since I was right there, I might as well get some shots of the rain on the daylilies.




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