Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Delights

Our country property is especially lush and beautiful over the summer months. While taking a break from my usual chores, I delight in wandering around our acreage with my camera in hand. There is always something lovely and interesting to see. In this post I feature several of the pretty sights I have observed this summer ~ Identification corrections always welcome


A colorful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly enjoys the deep purple blooms of a Tall Ironweed plant


 Wild Bergamot flowers attract this beautiful hovering Hummingbird Clearwing Moth


A Monarch Caterpillar navigates the buds of a Common Milkweed plant ~ I have seen very few of these striped beauties this year


A Viceroy Butterfly shows off its gorgeous wings


The iridescent colors on this tiny Condylostylid Long-legged Fly are especially resplendent


Red Milkweed Beetles are regularly seen exploring the Common Milkweed plants


A Wild Bergamot bloom is the flower of choice for this Silver-spotted Skipper


Delicate Eastern Amberwing Dragonflies are a common sight in our peach and apple orchard

 
A busy Honey Bee delights in the tiny blooms of a Sumac Bush


This sightly Eight-spotted Forester Moth was seen flitting around the Common Milkweed plants all day long


Bruce observed a Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly lay this single egg on a peach leaf ~ I kept an eye on it for a few days ~ Sadly, during a recent visit, I noticed it was gone


Had the pretty green egg survived, it would metamorphosized into a lovely Spicebush Swallowtail like this

41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow, these are beautiful shots! one right after the other! i have to say, that fly stole the show. GORGEOUS!

Kerry said...

Really nice Julie great pictures not sure which one I like more.

Beverly said...

All of these are so gorgeous! I think the caterpillar is my favorite!! :)

JRandSue said...

What a fantastic treat,outstanding photography as usual,everyone looks superb.
John.

Herman versteeg said...

wat een geweldige foto's
groetjes Herman.

Victoria said...

These are gorgeous photos - I enjoyed poring over the stunning details of each and every one. That moth is outstanding!

Art said...

These photos are really beautiful, I like them all!

elaine rickett said...

Wow!

Jann E. said...

Such beautiful shots! I esp love the monarch caterpillar one and the clearwing moth but they're all fabulous. :o) We have the red beetle in SD too, they're pretty.

PoetessWug said...

As usual, the most beautiful photos around!! I have favorites, as usual too! :-) The hummingbird moth, the caterpillar, and the single green butterfly egg. Too bad he apparently didn't make it. But at least it'll be preserved in photo! :-)

Andrew said...

A lovely set of images...

Linda Rockwell said...

Wonderful summertime photos!

Jen said...

WOW! These are all such amazing photos... The hummingbird moth has to be my favorite, but really they are all quite stunning!

Debbie said...

gorgeous, gorgeous photo's!! what a great summer series!!

trying to pick a favorite but i just can't....i love them all!!!

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness .... these are amazing! Your images are always a DELIGHT!

MaineBirder said...

WOW, these are some awesome and beautiful captures Julie! Great post.

Larry Ostby said...

And again Julie you have presented to us incredible images. There are no favorites. Each image is a treat to behold. Thank you for sharing.

Angie S said...

Awesome photos Julie! I admire your talent, taking such amazing pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them with us :)

Dan Huber said...

wonderful photos Julie - love them

dAwN said...

Stunning!

Daniel said...

The level of detail in these macro photo's is outstanding.

I don't know how you keep generating perfection!

~*Lady Fiona*~ said...

WoW! Absolutely *stunning* as always, Julie ~ your photos are sheer perfection!!! :)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful, that's all I can say.

cindyzlogic said...

Super gorgeous photography, Julie!!! Love the Swallowtails and moths :-))

forgetmenot said...

Julie, I think an audible "Oh my gosh" came out when I started looking through your photos!! There are professional photographers and then those that are one step beyond and that is where you are. These are "perfect" macro shots - your photos amaze me. What a delight to visit you! Mickie :)

Patricia/Trisketta said...

Julie: I never thought I would see the day when I'd gasp--in admiration--at a beetle. Today I did! :D Gorgeous, vibrant images!!!

Manuel Luis said...

Ola! A 2ª foto, é uma borboleta colibri, é muito parecida com os pássaros colibri. Gosto de as fotografar, pois possibilita-me aproximar até ao ponto de macro.
Aqui em Portugal, aparecem em Agosto mas são raras e tem a cor cinzento.
As suas fotos estão extraordinárias.Essa quinta é muito feliz com gente gira que preserva o ambiente, imagino eu.
Abraço

Cathy Ross said...

Oh Julie, I am speechless...this post blows me away! I felt my whole spirit lift up when I opened your blog. You are so incredibly talented my friend!!

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photography, Julie! It takes a special talent and patience to take photos like these. These are beautiful! I especially love the butterfly ones.

Tim said...

Great insect and butterfly pictures!

Cynthia White said...

Breathtaking beauty - super job Julie!

Kimberley W. said...

Stunning photos, Julie! I especially love the monarch caterpillar, if I must pick a favorite :)

John said...

Julie,

Wonderful post, the quality of the Macro shots are simply outstnading. Congratulations on these. It is a pleasure to visit your blog. John

dreamfalcon said...

Your photos are so beautiful: crisp and clear and colorful - every one of them. Love it!

Robin R Robinson said...

stunning series of images, many the same subjects I'v been having lately. I adore butterflies, moths and insects as much as birds and other wildlife. Nice work, J!

roland.theys said...

A Monarch Caterpillar, splendid photo!

Guy said...

Hi

Your shot of the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth stopped me in my "scrolling" tracks. I am facinated by insects and these were really beautiful photos.

Regards
Guy

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Julie,
These are very wonderful shots!! Amazing colors of the butterflies. Picture 4 is my personal favorite. You have this very well done Julie!!
My compliments!!

Greetings, Marco

SLH said...

Absolutely perfect shots! You have such great variety in every one of your posts! :)

Julie G. said...

A sincere thank you for all the nice remarks. I am so delighted that these images are pleasing to others. Much appreciation and gratitude for your support and kindness.

Richqoyz said...

Awesome photos Julie! I admire your talent, taking such amazing pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them with us :)