Friday, February 17, 2012

Flower Hill Farm BUTTERFLIES OF 2011 ~ Favorite Fritillaries Part Two ~ Surprise Ending!



Flower Hill Farm's Fritillary parade ends with Great Spangled Fritillaries dipping into purple petals. Buddleia Black Knight, considered a noxious weed by many, barely survives in my northern garden. It is a magnet for butterflies, thus its common name of Butterfly bush. The complimentary colors are very striking enhancing the longwing butterflies beauty. 








There are many old-fashioned ideas and ways of being that I aspire to. I do not, however, care for the old-fashion nets that people take out into nature to capture butterflies. I rather like the way we capture butterflies in our photos and let them live out their lives in the gardens. Studying a creature while it is animated and alive is a far better way to observe and understand its life. Collections of dry, brittle and lifeless butterflies with pins stuck through them is one old-fashioned collection I can do without.



Ironweed is another favorite for butterflies and this Great Spangled Fritillary takes advantage of the nectar hidden within the last tiny florets.
Do you ever wonder what became of the fifth and sixth legs of some butterflies? If you look closely you can see one of those tiny legs next to the spotted eye of this fritillary. I am not as familiar with these as I am with monarchs, who use those tiny legs to prick and taste milkweed for freshness. Some scientist believe butterflies are evolving to have only four legs. I think those tiny legs come in pretty handy to aid in balance and . . . well we will see what time tells.


Back in a mostly drab color time . . . 
Purple sunrise skies are still a treat many a chilly morning. 
Yesterday, winter gave me a particular surprise! 
White . . .  like the snow falling outside right now . . .  and orange tones similar to the Fritillary butterflies appears on a familiar bird. But something is off? 


A sneak peek at a bird post coming up soon. 
Can you identify this bird? 
Meanwhile it is Friday and time again to fly away to Sweden to visit Katarina and join in on the old-fashion prompt. 

46 comments:

oiasantorini said...

beautiful photography as always Carol !!!

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! I have photos of the same butterfly! I cant wait till summer to take butterfly photos again I love them. I was in the field last year it was civered in Butterflys and wild flowers I was in my glory there taking photos ! Have a great day !

joey said...

Beautiful butterfly images, Carol, and amazing morning sky. I am sure your bird post will be equally delightful.

Brenda said...

Not only is the photography amazing but I am elated to see so many butterflies in your gardens...you passion is evident and I look forward to learning from you. Have a lovely day!

Brenda

Vilmantas said...

Adorable pictures! I´m almost speechless - just watching..
Have a nice weekend!

Gunilla said...

Stunning photos of butterflies.
I really enjoy visiting you and look at your fantastic photos.

Have a great weekend
Gunilla

FlowerLady said...

Wow, fabulous photos Carol. Totally amazing and beautiful!

FlowerLady

Moa said...

Good evening dear Carol, for here with us Friday night has just begun. we should just eat some good food and watching TV. A small turn in to you and I see your amazing butterfly pictures, and I must say that I am delivering your beautiful art than inanimate butterflies that have needles in itself .. I enjoy your photos and for me it's so fun to see the butterflies that are in your court. I feel that the butterflies are much more colorful and larger than before and in greater numbers .. fantastic! Wish you a nice weekend / Moa
Today I,m using Google translate so I hope it's Ok.. and not so bad.. *smile*

easygardener said...

Wonderful pictures as usual. I agree with you about pins and butterflies (or any other insects for that matter). Buddleia is a weed over here but no-one seems to mind as the flowers are so attractive and the plants tend to colonise areas such as the edge of railway tracks or disused industrial areas - making them much more attractive!
Have a good weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

so many good butterfly images. You were lucky I think. And the bird is so goodlooking. The flowers. Yes the butterflies love them in sweden as well.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Amazing photos, love the macros. The bird looks like a robin without part of his coloring...??

sweetbay said...

That tongue!! LOL Such gorgeous photos. They sure do love the Black Knight Buddleia. Unfortunately I've killed that cultivar twice. It is a very beautiful one.

Isn't that a Robin with some albinism? What a beautiful bird!

Carol said...

Thank you dear Michael!

Carol said...

Thank you Country Gal! Yes, It will be wonderful to have verdant life and flutterbys about again.

Carol said...

Thank you dear dear Joey! The morning skies have been gorgeous this winter. Thank you! Thank You!

Carol said...

Dear Brenda, Thank you so for visiting and for these very kind words.

Carol said...

Thank you Vilmantas! What a wonderful name!

Carol said...

Kara Gunilla! Thank you so much for your very generous words! Kram

Carol said...

Thank you dear Flower Lady! As always you are so kind. ;>)

Carol said...

Kara Moa! Thank you so! I think google translate does get a few words off but we can piece them together. Not so bad at all. ;>) Kram

Carol said...

Hello dear Easygardener. Thank you for visiting and sharing. It is odd for me to imagine Buddleia as a weed but I know it is true. I have managed to keep one alive for a few years now. The butterflies and bees are happy for it. Amen to any creature pin or stuffed and studied in that way. Horrid. Though I do love museums of natural history . . . bit of a conundrum.

Carol said...

Hej Naturefootstep, Thank you so and yes, I believe I was and am lucky to have such wildlife living so close. Kram

Carol said...

Hi Jennifer! Love your horses!! Thank you so for your kind words. Yes! A white robin! I have never seen one before.

Carol said...

Thank you dear Sweetbay! Each spring I hope my Buddleia makes it! Albinism it is . . . not uncommon in Robins I read. One in 30,000! Have you ever seen one???

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful butterflies and what wonderful photographs. The close ups are simply amazing.
I also think that the last bird is a robin, will stay tuned.

Carol said...

Thank you! Thank you dear Gillian! Yes a white Robin! Partially albino . . . I will share a post on it soon. ;>)

Tammie Lee said...

such a gorgeous collection of butterflies, sky and that bird is a delight to see. lovely, thank you!

Randy Emmitt said...

Carol,

Nice images... Ha would your bird be a very unusual Eastern Bluebird or American Robin. I used to have photos I took of a white robin many years ago.

Leena said...

Such beautiful butterflies and flowers! And wonderful pics! Amazing that you get so close.
Have a great week end!
Leena

Eva said...

I especially love the images of the cluster of fritillaries, sharing the nectar of the buddleia. I am often amazed at what is deemed to be a weed. As for the white robin—you did it, again! You just have such a welcoming environment. And your followers are so fortunate to participate in these visitations. What delights me is that even YOU could be surprised by a rare creature. Your pleasure is contagious!

Carol said...

Dearest Tammie Lee, Thank you! Thank you! The white Robin was a rare delight!

Carol said...

Thanks Randy! So, You have been lucky to see a partial or complete? albino A. Robin too! Pretty cool! Would love to see your pics and hear your story.

Carol said...

Kara Leena! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support! When Fritillaries are busy nectaring they do not mind me getting in close. I do also crop the photos.

Carol said...

Good Morning dearest Eva. Thank you for your kind words of support. Our beloved butterfly bush does become very naughty and noxious in other climates. It becomes invasive. In our colder environment it cannot become so unruly. Oh my, yes I ever thrill to see all the critters that visit my world. I am glad I can spread a bit of enthusiasm over wild things. Thank you for sharing! Hugs

Randi said...

Your photos are amazing!!! Love the way you display them. You really know how to use your camera!
Kram
Randi

Anki said...

Beautiful butterflys.

Gardeningbren said...

Well I had to scroll through the comments to see if anyone thought as I did...really!! a white robin. That is incredible. I was sure it was a robin but just could not believe it. Carol, what wonder you have shared.

The butterfly photos are pure art and the color so intense and satisfying. Didn't know about the two legs so as always, learn something from your blog in every post. Sincere thanks.

Alistair said...

Its been a while since I dropped by Carol, so glad I did. Pictures of the butterflies are simply outstanding. Well I have seen a blackbird with a white head and neck but your robin looks very much albino.

Katarina said...

Dear Carol, your photos are outstanding! I've never seen such close ups of butterflies before, and I wonder: how do you do it?
I also wonder what kind of camera ou've got...I'm sure it's a good one... ; )
Kram!

Andrea said...

Hi Carol, i am a bit late here, i love that macro shot very much. It looks scary when that big, like an alien. And the mosaics are beautiful as well. Do you have a special software for making such kind of mosaics, as I only use Picasa, where this type is not possible, i think. That sunset I always see also here. At least we share same views of sunrises and sunsets, at least.

Carol said...

Thank you Randi! I wish I really did know more about my camera!

Carol said...

Thank you Anki! They truly are exquisite creatures. Not as large and showy as some other butterflies but delicate and magical in their numbers too.

Carol said...

Thank you dear Bren! I was so excited to see that Robin. I have not seen it now for a couple of days. It would be amazing if it would nest here!!! There is always so much to learn in our natural worlds. You are so kind.

Carol said...

Hi Alistair! Thank you so much! Part albino it surely is. Your blackbird sounds pretty interesting too.

Carol said...

Kara Katarina! Thank you for these kind supportive words. I can get very close to these beauties while they are feeding and then crop the photos to what I want to feature. I use Nikon D40,coolpix and D7000 with a macro lens. I wish I knew more about what I am doing but with all the interests I have I truly do not put the time in to learn. I hope to someday.

Carol said...

Hi Andrea, You are never late and your kind words are always so appreciated. Thank you so! I use picnik.com but they are closing!! You can go there until April though. Go to library and then you will see collage. It is a fun way to feature butterflies and birds with their animation.

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