A new swallowtail came by today. It is different from the one I had a couple of weeks ago. That one had a chunk out of its wingtip. It was interesting to watch as it flitted from flower to flower. The sun was washing out some of the yellow in its wings but they are still beautiful.
Along with the swallowtail were a little flock of finches that stopped to eat at my feeder.
The bumble bee has been steadily working on the Cosmos flowers in my garden.
On the farm near our community are several large fields of barley. The fields extend as far as the eye can see. It is a beautiful site. Years ago when I worked on the farm, we called it beardy barley, because of the long hair like stems coming out of each kernel. The spring storms have really taken their toll on the fields. The wind and rain had beaten down large areas of some fields.
I stopped by one field to take some photos and saw a beautiful butterfly along the edge of the field. I am not sure what it is called. Perhaps you can let me know The beauty of nature is often beyond words. Adding words often detracts instead of adding to what is seen. The follow photos are my poetry without words.
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
I had a wonderful surprise when a lone Monarch Butterfly showed up a week ago. I did not see any all summer. I had a Yellow Swallowtail and a Black Swallowtail but no Monarchs. He was attracted to my butterfly bush, but even more so to my orange Zinnias. They were about to dry up last week, but I decided to give them one more good drink of water. They bounced back and so did the Monarch. There are no words t0 describe adequately the beauty of the photos below, so here is my poem in pictures.
Butterflies are fascinating and fragile insects. They are one of the most beautiful creatures on earth. It always amazes me that they can live, propagate, and migrate far distances. Their wings are so thin you can almost see right through them, yet they have such an artistic design one cannot deny the handiwork of our creator. As I watch these amazing creatures I am in awe of everything about them.
Flitting from flower to flower
To the world around
On tissue thin wings
Masterpieces of design
Painted in vivid colors
Migrating on the wind
Chrysalises bursting open
For us to enjoy
Butterfly Photo: Dwight L. Roth
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to speak a million beautiful words to you in my blog today. This is poetry in pictures, Butterflies of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I hope you enjoy this spectacular visual treat! We found these last week while traveling the parkway to Linville and Grandfather Mountain. Photos: Dwight L. Roth
At the Linville Caverns there was a butterfly bush covered with more black and blue butterflies than I have ever seen. How many can you see in this small segment.