Sunday, June 27, 2010

Color Blooms In June

After several days of tempestuous storms, muggy air and sweltering heat, Thursday's mild weather brought welcome relief. Thrilled that the summer sun was shining its glorious rays upon Chicago, I set out, camera in hand, in search of glimpses of radiant beauty that June has to offer. Enjoy! (I welcome identification corrections)

A resplendent Monarch Butterfly explores a milkweed bloom

Brilliant yellow flower petals dotted with moisture

A pollen dusted American Hover Fly

The intricate, dazzling center of a hibiscus flower

A Golden Northern Bumble Bee can't resist this stunning purple bloom

A Red Milkweed Beetle finds this milkweed plant especially attractive (the little ant does too!)

This vibrant dianthus was spotted in the middle of a trail that runs along a beautiful pond

A lovely Painted Lady Butterfly flits from flower to flower


Crafty Green Poet said...

these are all lovely photos. I particularly love the light on the Monarch's wings in the first photo and the amazing antenna on the milkweed beetle!

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Beautiful series Julie. Awesome hover-fly capture! I especially like the beetle and ant sharing the blossom, so sweet.

Beverly said...

All of them are just beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Julie..WOW!!! Breathtaking composition and detail. I LOVE each and every one! Beautiful, as always!!

Maestro said...

Color and detail are both impressive..great set!