Sunday, July 21, 2013

Birds, Blooms and Butterflies

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday .

July 21, 2013

Even though it is still hot this weekend I was able to sit out on my deck and enjoy the birds, butterflies and blooms. The Great Blue Herons have been really noisy lately, they are growing bigger and sound even louder. From my deck I can see them flapping their wings even though all the trees block my view of their nest.




It was neat this weekend sitting out on my deck and watching an eagle fly over my yard.



This Sulphur and the Tiger Swallowtail seem to prefer the Purple Coneflowers over the butterfly bushes.


The Goldfinches add some bright color to my yard, the males are such a bright and pretty yellow.



A pretty male American Goldfinch.



I have been enjoying the butterflies around the Fritallaries seem to be one of the common butterflies in my yard.


The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly


A Carolina Wren, I have a family of these cute birds hopping and singing around my yard. As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!

69 comments:

Rajesh said...

Wow! beautiful birds and butterflies.

Poppy said...

Gorgeous photos, Eileen! I cannot fathom getting such shots of nature in action. Absolutely love all the detail of those close ups!

Poppy

TexWisGirl said...

your butterfly shots on the flowers are lovely! love your bright goldfinch!

My name is Riet said...

Wow Eileen, such beautiful photo's. The colors of the birds and an eagle flying over tour head. How speciAl i.s ttat

Chel C said...

Eileen, your shots of the butterflies are so amazing. Your butterflies are more beautiful than the ones we have here, well around my way anyway. How special to see an eagle overhead. xx

Kerri Farley said...

My favorite things.... birds and butterflies :) Beautiful post Eileen!!

George said...

I'm glad you were able to enjoy your deck and capture all this beauty to share with us. It's really neat that you can see eagles flying over your deck. The portrait of the male American Goldfinch is gorgeous.

Betsy Adams said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen. I especially love that little Carolina Wren. We have some families of them around our house also. They love to be close to houses I think.. They'd love to nest in our garage --IF we'd let them... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Lynne said...

I am always happy to see your birds, blooms and butterflies. Nice photos Eileen . . .

Kara said...

I loved seeing your wildlife. Lovely captures of such pretty and colorful nature.

Happyone said...

More beauties.
I've noticed quite a lot of different birds here at the new house. I will be putting up a feeder one day soon and hope to get some pictures.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Beautiful nature photo mosaics ~ Gorgeous! ~ happy week to you ^_^

Ivy and Elephants said...

Gorgeous photos! It so hard to get good shots of nature, yours are amazing. Thanks for your sweet visit and comments.
Hugs,
Patti

Vee said...

What a cutie the Carolina Wren is and that finch is fabulous. That's my favorite mosaic where his colors are so featured.

podso said...

What beautiful photos! I love the yellow... so cheerful. hope you have a good week.

Marianne said...

Superb photos! The butterflies are gorgeous. Here in Texas, at least where I live in Texas, the butterflies won't stay still long enough to get a picture. You've captured it all so wonderfully.

Blessings,
Marianne

Elaine said...

Gorgeous shot of the Swallowtail and a wonderful mosaic of the Fritallaries!

Karen said...

Beautiful captures! Gorgeous goldfinches and swallowtails!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Lovely shots of the birds, blooms and butterflys! These are some of my favorite things, too. The goldfinch is just beautiful!

Mama Zen said...

These are so pretty!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is nice that you can see so many beautiful scenes of nature from your own deck, Eileen. Watching an eagle fly over head must be such a thrill! I keep looking for ones here but haven't seen any as yet although my daughter has.

Auggies Guide Service said...

Nature always amaze by its wonder, the beautiful spots and the amazing creatures makes the earth complete. =)

I love the photos, the details, the colors, everything is awesome. Two thumbs up! #Columbiariverguideservice

yonca said...

Gorgeous natüre photos as always, Eileen..thanks for sharing!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen!
How great to able to watch all this wildlife in your garden!
The Swallowtail is slightly different from ours, it is gorgeous!
The Carolina wren is a magnificent little bird, also different from those we have!
Cheers, well done! :)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen Wonderful selection of birds and blooms. My favorite is the Goldfinch. So beautiful. Margaret

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful shots, my fave is the Fritallaries, fantastic.

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
The pictures of butterflies are so great.
The butterflies that you photograph, here you can see them only in a butterfly garden.

Maggie said...

Eileen, how do you get such amazing close ups of the butterflies & birds?
They are stunning. What a talented photographer you are!

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful pictures, the pictures of nature give us a lot of fun :) Regards

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
Beautiful shots and pictures!!!
Amazing birds and butterflies in your yard!!And lucky you,seeing an eagle!I realy enjoyed your wonderful post!!Thank you for sharing!!
Have a happy new week!!Hugs!
Dimi...

Jo said...

Wow, Eileen, your butterfly and bird photos, are as always, brilliant! Hope you're having a great day. Jo

Tammy said...

Your yard is just marvelous! So many pretty species of butterflies ~especially the Tiger Swallowtail! Hope you have a great week!

beyondwandering.com said...

Wow..I love your garden! Beautiful butterflies, birds and bloom, indeed!

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Caroline Gill said...

Magnificent Fritillaries and Swallowtails, Eileen! Swallowtails are SO rare here, though making a small come-back.

The Furry Gnome said...

Lovely butterfly shots.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Eileen,

Your mosaics are gorgeous! I just love the photos of your Goldfinch and those butterflies.

Nancy said...

Lovely images from your yard Eileen.

confusedmind said...

Wow!! A little paradise!! Great shots!! I loved them all!!
Have a happy new week!!

*Manja* said...

wundervolle Foto`s!
Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, your male goldfinch is so handsome!

Amy Burzese said...

Lots of nature shots. They are superb. It must have been very neat sitting at home and watching an eagle.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Your lovely pictures of the Goldfinches made me think that I have not seen any Goldfinches here in my neighborhood in FL yet. Who knows - maybe some will migrate South for the Winter here. Have a great Tues. tomorrow!

Debbie said...

WoW Eileen, these are really gorgeous pictures!! It's still too hot here to sit outside and enjoy it, during the day, but the temps are a lot better!!

Great shot of the goldfinch!!

Mary said...

Wonderful photos! The butterflies are so beautiful! Great!

DeniseinVA said...

Oh Eileen, what an amazing selection of photos. Just gorgeous! Always look forward to what you have to share and I always leave smiling, thank you. Have a great week!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

It is wonderful that if you choose not to wander off you can see beautiful wildlife right in your own backyard. Valerie

Lew said...

Beautiful selection of birds and butterflies you have.

Life Images by Jill said...

Eileen what a glorious garden you must have! Even in the heat of summer there is still colour and life. Thank you for taking me there on this cold dreary day in Western Australia.
Have a wonderful week.

Sylvia K said...

I do love the colorful birds and butterflies and flowers! Such wonderful captures as always! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have lovely week!

Kathie Brown said...

Wonderful shots of the goldfinch Eileen! Your yard is so inspiring!

Leovi said...

Nice pictures! I love these collages, the butterfly is my favorite ...!

mick said...

All beautiful - but the sky photos and the goldfinches are my favorites.

Sandy Carlson said...

Goodness! So very beautiful.

Brian King said...

Beautiful butterflies! The goldfinches are living up to their name! Love the bright yellow!

I'm back to my normal routine after being on vacation.

Kusum Sanu said...

Lovely shots!

Sallie said...

Your butterfly pictures are amazing, they pose for you, they fflee from me! Glad you got outside even in that awful heat.

ladyfi said...

What pretty butterflies and a lovely goldfinch! Enjoy your week.

Photo Cache said...

love the goldfinches.

diane b said...

Love the birds, butterflies and blooms. The Gold Finch id=s a brilliant colour.

Fun60 said...

Imagine just sitting there surrounded by all that wonderful wildlife. Lucky you.

Bluebell Woods said...

no butterfly this year. I dont know why. I even have wild milk weed for the Monarchs, We have one whte one who comes every day but thats it. Loads last year and none the year before. I dont understand
Yours are pretty
Janice

Gary said...

Great butterfly shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Very nice of your gold finches!! I put out thistle in trying to attract them - but only once In a great while will I see mine.

Maria said...

Beautiful post with a great picture of the Goldfinch!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, how gorgeous your pictures and the nature you have♡♡♡
Especially loved the shot of 'The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly' with the Purple Coneflowers♬♬♬ So sweet looking(*^_^*)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Celeste said...

Beautiful pictures as always, I like your multi image arrangements, I haven't learnt that trick yet :(
How amazing to be able to sit and watch Eagles from your deck!

Huldra said...

Oh, that summerfeeling! Thank you for sharing :)

ZielonaMila said...

Wonderful images, fantastic observations:) Greetings