Crabapples in bloom delight both the gardeners and wildlife.
|Chipping Sparrow in Crabapple Tree|
|'Three Graces' ~ Crabapples|
|The Other Side of 'Three Graces'|
|Tops of 'Three Graces' Looking Over Towards Crabapple Orchard From Middle Meadow Garden|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler in Crabapple Blooms|
|Nashville Warbler in Crabapple Tree|
|Clever Nashville Warbler Opening Crabapple Bud|
|Nashville Warbler Moving on to Another Crabapple Tree|
|Weeping Crabapple Behind Little Studio|
|Red Admiral Sipping Crabapple Blooms|
The gardens are bursting at their edges . . . everything is moving in the fast lane and it is hard to keep up. Still it is a joy to experience the surge of growth and returning wildlife.
I have never seen so many butterflies at this time of year. A great many tiny Red Admirals and other butterflies floating about and within the many blooms. I saw my first Monarch Butterfly on May 7th . . . the earliest I have ever sighted one in thirty years. It was a male and I could not get a good photograph.
I am thrilled to have a native North American Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla, that I originally mistook for a Common Yellowthroat female. How could I? The Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Orioles are back and I will be sharing some wonderful portraits of them coming up.
I have published a new installment to my 'Bestiary' over at Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens
Encounters with a winsome weasel.
Happy Mother's Day to All of you MOMS out there.