Saturday, July 1, 2017

Oh! Butterfly

Here's the next series of Butterflies as promised. Hang on, we're going Buttering again!

THE FRITILLARY


This brightly colored orange Butterfly is a Gulf Fritillary. Are you wondering why it's called the Gulf? It's because they are common only in the southern United States. That dark yet bright orange color is unmistakable in the gardens and meadows which makes them easy to spot. I captured this beautiful Gulf Fritillary in the Bradford Robertson Color Garden at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville.


I wanted to share this view of the Gulf Fritillary so that you can see just how beautiful his wings are when they are fully open. What a beautiful bright orange.


Another specifies of the Fritillary is the Great Spangled Fritillary. They are more common and are generally a dull orange with row after row of black spots covering their wings. This beautiful Great Spangled was checking out a purple Thistle at Bernheim in the wildflower meadow.

THE PAINTED LADY


Alright, I admit it. I have too many favorites in the Butterfly family. The Painted Lady is just one more I love. I think it's because when their wings are closed it as thought an artist painted a beautiful pattern on their wings. This beautiful Butterfly was busy pollenating the bushes at Bernheim Arboretum.


Here is the Painted Lady with its wings closed. Can you see what I was talking about? What a pattern. This Painted Lady I captured posting for me atop a Black Eyed Susan at Bernheim a while back.

THE BUCKEYE


Here's a Butterfly that I especially like to photograph when their wings are wide open. Look at those spots. No wonder it's called a Buckeye. These Butterflies are common throughout wildflower fields as was this beautiful Buckeye was the day I captured this image at Bernheim Arboretum some years ago.

THE HUMMINGBIRD MOTH


I couldn't resist showing you the only image I have ever captured of a Hummingbird Moth. Seriously, can you see where they got their name. Mother Nature can really create some oddities. But he is a beauty too. I captured this guy buzzing around the Butterfly Bushes at Bernheim a bit ago.

I hope you enjoyed my second series of Butterflies as I loved sharing them with you. What a variety when you look back across the last two posts. I guess I'm a 'Butter Lover'. Have a wonderful 4th. ENJOY!

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    1. Thank you so much. So glad you stopped by. Carol

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  2. These are gorgeous...I have never met a butterfly I didn't love. I have not seen the first...sure wish I could. Have seen the others.

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    1. Aren't they so gorgeous Rose. Such a beautiful creature. So glad God created it for our pleasure. Carol

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  3. Carol, my butterflies never cooperate. These photos are so crystal clear and stunning. I love when I see a hummingbird moth - they are rare by me, but I sometimes come across one. Hope you are well. Happy 4th!

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    1. Doing great Barb. Glad to hear from you. Have a wonderful 4th!!!! Carol

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  4. Hi Carol,

    I'm just dropping a note today to say that I am glad you are still active with your blog. I do stop by more frequently than I comment. Much of my "free" time these days is taken up with my technology book and I just don't comment as much as I should.

    We have seen so many good blogs come and go. I am glad that you are still posting.

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    1. I just saw you stopped by Steve. Glad to see you and hear from you. I enjoy posting photos. I just don't have as much time to shoot photos as I used to and my archive is so large. So I try to use some of those images when I can. Hope all is well with you. Carol

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