It finally rained! After a month of no rain and high temps, the skies opened up and it rained all night Friday. I woke up to full rain barrels and plants that weren't thirsty. Hooray!!! Now if I could just get it to rain for about an hour every other day from 4 - 5 am, that would be fabulous!!! Wishful thinking!!!
I've had a lot of butterflies in the garden this summer, but unlike bees, by the time I grab the camera and run outside, they're gone. The bees seem oblivious to the activity around them and focus completely on the task at hand. They're linear and acconplishment driven and are easy to track. They are the Type A super achievers of the insect world, thus making them easy to photograph. The butterflies, however, alight for just a few seconds before fluttering away and seem to prefer the flowers out of reach of my cameras sad little zoom lens. By the time I run outside to photograph them and set up the shot, they're gone. Today I saw a huge Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly flapping slowly around the rose of sharon, and quickly ran for the camera. No camera. Anywhere... It slowly floated back into view, and determined to take it's picture, I grabbed my cell phone and ran outside. The picture doesn't due this amazing butterfly any justice, since it's wing span can be almost six inches across.
I've also seen spicebush swallowtails, giant swallowtails, fritilaries, sulfurs, cabbage whites, mourning cloaks, and a lot of little skippers. If I could just get pictures of them!!!