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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Into the Meadow

One sunny morning I tied my old tennis shoes, zipped and buttoned my jeans and stepped onto a dew moistened path and entered the woods.
My plan was to walk my normal route, but the meadow stopped me.
The "meadow" is actually a gas line right-of-way that wasn't mowed last summer and hasn't yet been mown this summer. meadow plants abound in the bright verdant glow.
Daisies . . .
Tall white beard tongue (Penstemon digitalis). . . 
   Milkweed (Ascipias syriaca)  and . . .
  Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  We all know that with meadow plants comes . . . 
  could that be . . . ?
Yes! It is! 
Butterflies!
They are everywhere.
The Zebra swallowtails were quick to fly.
Two, though were more interested in each other than in my camera lens.
I suppose that this photo, like those in the post TURTLE LOVE, are the sort that caused a Chinese internet search engine label this blog as abusive. 


Oh well, the butterflies seemed to enjoy themselves - as did I.  I know that soon the Gas company will have to mow this wonderful strip of abundant blooms.  In the mean time, the butterflies will multiply with abandon.  I will leave them in peace . . . at least until next week.

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I have this book, A World of Butterfiles, My brother gave it to me.  I reviewed it on my book blog. Here is the post to read that review.  BOOK REVIEW It is just a beautiful artistically rendered book.

9 comments:

texwisgirl said...

i love it when it just goes natural like that and the birds and butterflies and bees can go to town. :)

rebecca said...

These photos remind me a LOT of the meadow on the property where I was interning in Ohio, back when I started my blog. Right down to having the same butterfly species. Honestly, some people might think I'm nuts but after nine months of living on the coast I cannot WAIT to get back to the Midwest, albeit northern Wisconsin, which will be different from Ohio.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Love the greens, but the second image is my favorite ...

Karen said...

Amazing how the area came up in so many beautiful flowers, around here it would have sprouted burdock and thistles. I love the butterflies flitting about doing what comes naturally. Wonderful pictures!

Susanna Hartigan said...

Nature has a way of making your life much more peaceful!

Leontien said...

Great pics and it seemed you had a great walk!

and thank you for your sweet comment on my 4th of July post!

Leontien

RedPat said...

What a wonderful walk! I guess cutting it back each year will keep it as meadow rather than turning into more woods.

KaHolly said...

So nice to see all the butterflies. You did well to capture them with your camera.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

What fun! Awesome photos!

I am going for more native/wild plants in our front yard, but am also choosing non-native plants that attract butterflies. Everything is pretty small this year, but I'm looking for them to get much larger next year.