September 29, 2011

Butterfly Walk

Hackberry Emperor

A Skipper on a Sawtooth Sunflower

Sawtooth Sunflower, native to Kansas

Painted Lady

In flight

Sulphur on a Sunflower

Take off

Painted Lady, ventral view, notice the small caterpillar

Painted Lady, my favorite

Painted Lady: Dorsal View

September 21, 2011

Wings on Wednesday

Ruby~throated Hummingbird
The Ruby~throats are doing their fattening up
process prior to heading South.  My husband sat
patiently out on the deck to capture these images.
We have been observing 1 adult male, 1 adult female, 
and 2 juveniles.  Today the 2 juvies are 
chasing each other all over the place.  I read
that the young ones may stay longer before migrating.
We are so blessed to have 1 family use our backyard
every season :-))
"Happy Wednesday, Everyone" 

September 14, 2011

Wings on Wednesday

Pearl Crescent
I took this photo during my visit to
South Dakota (my stomping grounds)
My in~laws have a gorgeous garden and
there were butterflies all over. This one
sat still enough to capture a few pics.

Here is another view. To find their IDs, I
get on the internet and go to butterflies and moths of
north america (google that) that site posts
lots of butterfly and moth species. Then I study my
photograph or butterfly/moth specimen and compare
it to ID'd photos on the website :-))
I'm definitely not an expert!

I'm a beginning artist as well...I've always
enjoyed drawing and sketching. I've begun
to study watercolor painting and watercolor
pencil art. I'm combining my love of the
beauty of nature with my art. I've started a
"nature sketchbook" to record sketches of nature.
Right now I'm on a kick of sketching all the real butterfly
and moth specimens that I and my family have captured.
One of the sketches is pictured above.

I'm still into's just that its been too hot
to go out looking for them. And there haven't
been many in the backyard. It turned cool today
YAYYYYY!! It was 96 degrees yesterday and it's 77 today :-))
"it's such a blessin' doesn't seem natural" (a quote from
the movie The Yearling)

Happy Wednesday!! Everyone!!