There are 160 species of butterflies in Georgia. And they must be the fastest butterflies in the world because as soon as I have a camera trained on one, they are flying away quicker than I can say,
Oh pooh, MISSED it!"
Have I shared the butterfly video with you before? Phil Deletrez was one of the Rangers who used to guide hikes over Panola Mountain. He is at another park now and I miss him. (Phil is very knowledgeable about birds, butterflies and well, just about anything in nature! I love the butterfly video that he made...hope you like it too!)
Richard has taken some great photos recently of the butterflies in our own back yard. He also has captured some very good shots of the butterflies at Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain. Once, when we were walking over the boardwalk at Alexander lake, we saw a butterfly that he thought reminded him of a butterfly that he knew from England...the Red Admiral. We looked it up after we got home and you will never believe it...that is exactly what it was! Same butterfly in England as in the USA! (Named by Moses Harris in 1766...he called it "the Admirable".)
So happy that the Mexican sunflower that I planted from seed in May is now over 6 feet tall! (Okay, it is in a pot, but still...that's big!) AND the butterflies LOVE it! A nice woman who owns a nursery gave the seed away for FREE at the Monastery Fall Festival last year. There will another festival at the Monastery this weekend, so I hope to tell the kind lady how much I enjoy the Mexican sunflower!
(We are not sure of this pretty yellow butterfly...is it a cloudless sulphur or an orange sulphur? Not sure, but speaking of orange, that Mexican sunflower is the deepest orange, just lovely!)
You see, I have been very busy lately but all I really want to do is gaze at flowers and marvel at butterflies.