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The Flavor of February: Not Just Birds But Blossoms

Birds aren’t the only things adding beauty to the backyard this month, Camellia blossoms are out in abundance and the Daffodils are beginning to bloom. Right in the center of our backyard, next to the fountain, we have a colossal … Continue reading

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A Butterfly of Subtle Beauty

Unlike the Tiger Swallowtail… …or the Gulf Fritillary… …both of which are bold and striking… …the Long-tailed Skipper is a butterfly of subtle beauty. Doesn’t he look lovely against the pastel petals of this gladiola?

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Not Just A Butterfly Bush

The purple-blossomed beauty that lures Swallowtails and Fritillaries to the front yard is not just a butterfly bush… …it’s also a hot-spot for the Hummingbirds!

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Another Zinnia Lover

So…turns out I’m not the only Zinnia lover around! This glorious male goldfinch (and a handful of his friends) have taken quite a liking to our colorful front yard flowers. So much beauty!

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Oh For A Zillion Zinnias!

Oh for a zillion zinnias! These brilliant bursts of color brighten the summer season with their beauty -and also with the beauty they bring! As I stood outside with my camera, several butterflies stopped by to sip of their sweetness. … Continue reading

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A Happy Little Hummer

As I was out stalking Swallowtails, this happy little hummer paid a visit. He spent half his time hovering, and the other half just hanging around. He helped himself to some nectar from the butterfly bush… …and then perched on … Continue reading

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A Swallowtail Sampler

Butterflies are now starting to show up in greater abundance in the front yard.  Yesterday, every time I walked out the door, I saw a Tiger Swallowtail nipping nectar on the butterfly bush. Like this beautiful male with his bold … Continue reading

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Summer’s Here (I’m For That)

As I sat down to write this post, words from an old James Taylor song popped into my mind – Summer’s here, I’m for that Got my rubber sandals, got my straw hat Got my cold beer, I’m just glad … Continue reading

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First Hummer of the Summer

Okay…so it’s technically not summer yet…but for the sake of a rhyming title, I am taking the liberty of welcoming the season a few days early. And I did indeed get a picture of my first hummer of the summer … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Lunch On The Lilies

Whereas our backyard is overflowing with bird feeders, our front yard is filled with flowers – with Lilies being the beauties that are currently blossoming. This morning, I went out and snapped a few photos while the raindrops from last … Continue reading

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