Sunday, August 2, 2015

Around the yard

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday    and Mersad's Through My Lens and NF Trees

They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

I am sharing some of the lovely flowers and butterflies seen around my yard this past week or so.  The butterflies are mostly the male and female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the Great Spangled Fritillary and the Spicebush Swallowtail.









An Eastern Tiger Swallow on the bloom of the Butterfly bush also known as Buddleia. This bush is also known to be an invasive species. We are finding small plants growing all around our yard. They do attract the Hummingbirds and all kinds of Butterflies.


My male Ruby-throated Hummingbird is always a treat to see.


The past two winters have done a number on our bushes. The Buddleia butterfly bushes seem to be a little scrawny looking and do not have as many blooms as in the past. I hope you enjoyed my blooms, butterflies and post.
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. I appreciate the nice comments..

I use Pic Monkey to create my mosaics, you can use Pic Monkey free or pay for an upgraded version.
I hope you can join in on our fun at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday and Mersad's Through My Lens and NF Trees 

 Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  Also thanks to Mersad for hosting Through My Lens and Monica for hosting NF Trees. I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

86 comments:

Cloudia said...

Oh, Eileen these a fabulous!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I can live without a butterfly bush. They are so beautiful as young plants but they get so big and pruning them is always disastrous. But the echinaceas are to die for... the ones in your garden are stunning and the butterflies love them. I think I saw the second butterfly on an echinacea the other day.
Great photos here. Have a great week!

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the butterflies and the coneflowers. Have a happy week, Eileen!

Crissi said...

Wondeful!!
Have a nice day
hug Crissi

Margaret Adamson said...

the butterflies are all gorgeous as is the Hummer.Love the collages

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos of all these wonderful and colorful butterflies. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

Sue said...

Hi Eileen--you captured some lovely shots of butterflies---very nicely done!
As for the butterfly bush, everyone in this area LOST theirs completely. It's been an awful year for a lot of plants. Hopefully yours will recover.

Blogoratti said...

What lovely photos. Have a great week!

✿ chica said...

Muito lindas as fotos!Adorei ver as borboletas! Linda semana! bjs, chica

Mersad said...

As always really beautiful wildlife images. Could you also link up with my new photo meme that I have started just now on my blog. Link is down below. Thanks!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Stefano Davanzo said...

co beautiful
ciao
Stefano

Crafty Green Poet said...

such beautiful butterflies

Rajesh said...

Beautiful butterflies on the pretty flowers.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm impressed that you are seeing butterflies, Eileen. They have been scarce here. My butterfly bush isn't quite out yet so maybe when it blooms I'll see a few, but I've had echinacea blooming for quite a while and no butterflies!

Crimson Kettle said...

Wow! What wonderful photos and beautiful butterflies, quite different to the ones over here.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Sweet little hummer and I love all your beautiful captures of the butterflies :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I love getting a chance to see the hummingbirds!

diane b said...

The shot of the Humming Bird is fantastic. Love all the different butterflies you have too.

DeniseinVA said...

Love that little hummer, butterflies and flowers Eileen. Thank you for sharing your love of nature. Happy day to you.

Andy said...

Wonderful photos!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow,what BEAUTIFUL pictures of varieties of butterflies with pretty flowers♡♡♡ Lovely sweet color♪♪♪ I'm not blessed with meeting them this year, haha.
Cute hummingbird seems looking at you(*^_^*)
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos and Mosaics . Looks like our back yard with all the hummers and butterfly's , our butterfly bush is lush and full this year all though we just planted it this spring . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Beautiful captures Eileen, I really like black butterflies.

Merisi said...

Splendid captured, a joy to scroll through and then linger!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
The echinacea is always picturesque - the more so for the winged jewels! Buddleia was one of my mother's favourite plants but it sure does need a bit of 'taming'! YAM xx

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Is it just me or does everyone love butterfly shots? These are great! Thanks for sharing and have a fine week ahead!

Margie said...

What fantastic shots!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The little hummer is adorable! And I love your butterfly pics. We have a few summer blooms but not as many butterflies this year for some reason. Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Wow!!Gorgeous pictures!!Lovely flowers and butterflies indeed!
You must be happy seeing your favorite Hummer bird in your yard!
Great shots and captures!Have a happy week!
Dimi...

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a wonderful post, Eileen! Your photos of flowers and butterflies are gorgeous. And I so wish we had hummingbirds... They are fascinating.
Happy Mosaic Monday!

Linda W. said...

Awesome butterfly photos! So colorful and cheery. Perfect to brighten my Monday morning.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I found my butterflies preferred my natives and took out my Butterfly bushes....the echinacea does draw in the butterflies....we have a few similar ones.

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen, this is a fabulous collection! Have a great day!

Möwe von der Insel said...

Love all your butterfly pictures!
They have such beautiful colours
and details :))

Have a happy week Eileen!

Möwe

Debbie said...

I am not seeing many butterflies this summer....but I am still waiting for mine to hatch!!!!!

ladyfi said...

What fabulous shots!

Mary Hone said...

The butterflies are gorgeous! Love them.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You get the most beautiful butterflies in your garden, Eileen! I've seen some swallowtail in my yard this summer but no monarchs as yet.Have a wonderful week!

Linda Kay said...

Such wonderful butterflies, Eileen. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful images in your mosaics!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cute little hummingbird!

I'll have to recheck my Black Swallowtail i.d.s, that's what I usually assume any black swallowtails I see around here are.
~

Karen said...

Beautiful butterflies, and a fabulous shot of the hummer!

Missy George said...

Wonderful pictures with the cone flowers..really nice shots...Good job..I have a little Butterfly bush..I guess the butterflies don't recognize it..
Some day I'll catch one..Happy week..

Missy George said...

PS..Love the hummer...

Ailime said...

Good afternoon Eileen, Always getting great mosaics with magnificent photos! I loved all of them, always with his eyes so special! Congratulations! Hugs and a good week.Ailime

LV said...

I rarely see butterflies on my flowers, but his morning I had three pretty orange ones. None as pretty as yours. Seems the only plant they like is the lantana.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures as always, Eileen!! I, too, love the hummingbird and beautiful butterflies!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!! Have a great new week!!

Ela said...

How beautiful !!!! I love these butterflies !!!
Greetings

Fun60 said...

The butterflies are absolutely gorgeous.

podso said...

Nice Eileen! Such beautiful butterflies against the backdrop of the flowers.

mick said...

Your yard looks so beautiful - thanks for sharing! The little Hummingbird is perfect! Have a great week - with a yard like that I would just be sitting and enjoying it!

orvokki said...

Lovely photos, and flowers with the butterfly are wonderful.

amanda peters said...

The Butterfly photos are stunning and what beauties they are...
Amanda xx

Our photos said...

Wow, that is really a wonderful series ! Love the butterflies !

Gail Dixon said...

My coneflowers are struggling in this god-awful heat. Yours look beautiful! That Ruby-throated is a sight for sore eyes. I wonder where ours went? Haven't seen them since May. Beautiful butterfly shots, Eileen!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The butterflies on the pink coneflowers(?) are stunning -- love all your picures; that invasive bush doesn't sound bad if it attracts bees and butterflies!!

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous shots, Eileen!

The Yum List said...

Great shots Eileen. I've tried to capture butterflies before but they move so much in an unsteady many that I've never really got a great shot.

Rose said...

I wish I had all those coming to my yard...my mom had a butterfly bush and there were always lots of butterflies and a nice variety. I guess I should get one...

I did enjoy your pics...you got some lovely captures.

Hope your week ahead is a good one!

karenpezzimentiphotography said...

Lovely shots Eileen, the butterflies are beautiful have a great week ahead.

Photo Cache said...

At church on Sunday, the priest sermoned that sometimes we need nature to clear our minds and get perspective. You do that for us everyweek with all these wonderful nature shots.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a good selection of butterflies too Eileen, great photo's.

Have a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

Mildred said...

Hi Eileen, I have a love of butterflies and your photos are so pretty. That little hummer is beautiful too. I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I'm taking a short break; John is having difficulty with diabetes but I'll be checking in with you.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I wish my butterfly bushes would seed around a bit Eileen, we lost one in the backyard this winter and another in the front is stunted in growth. If the ones in my butterfly garden completely died, I'd replace them in a minute for the hummers and butterflies they attract - plus I love the honey scent of the flowers.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Mary Cromer said...

Your yard reminds me of my next door neighbor and the one across the lane, such lovely flowers that draw many beautiful butterflies. Just beautiful. Have a Happy Week Eileen~

Felicia said...

beautiful mosaics of your butterflies Eileen.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful butterflies!

Michelle said...

You captured these butterflies so well!

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen,
I love those butterflies on your Echinacea plants - gorgeous specimens and photos!
The Hummingbird decided to pose for you by sitting for a moment - how nice :)
Have a Great Week!
Peace :)

Buckeroomama said...

Lovely shots of the butterflies on the echinacaea!

Al said...

Such beautiful butterflies and great shots. I don't see many of them around here.

RLUPhoto said...

Wonderful pictures!!! I've been taking some butterfly shots as well. So pretty!

Gayle said...

How nice to catch the hummingbird perched. I even had one taunt me by hovering right at me and off it went :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Such lovely little creatures - both the butterflies and the hummingbird! Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

ak-ut said...

i love these butterflies :-)
happy week

Indrani said...

I have been seeing your butterfly shots in FB too. Such wonderful captures. Great shots!

Debby Ray said...

Oh my goodness...your captures of the butterflies and the little hummer are just fantastic! The butterflies are are so scarce around here!

Kerri Farley said...

Your "flutter-bys" are beautiful :)

Annemor said...

I enjoyed.
All of the beautiful butterflies and the birds.
Have a nice day.
Mormor

LifeRamblings said...

Such beautiful butterflies. Your photos are fantastic.

lina@women perspective said...

Admire your butterfly shots, Eileen. They are gorgeous.

NatureFootstep said...

I envy you all beautiful butterflies. I have hardly even seen any this weird summer. Great set of images as usual.

Laura. M said...

Preciosos collajes. Me encantan !!
Besos.

edenhills said...

What beautiful butterflies! I can never seem to get them to sit still for me.

Marie C said...

Really gorgeous photos, Eileen! Wonderful butterfly shots, and I love the flowers and hummer!

Ira Kharchenko said...

Wonderful post! I love it:)

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