Mr. BuzzBuzz & The Butterfly

Due to the nice weather, I sat on the front porch and watched some insects buzzing and fluttering around our Spring blooms. I’ve noticed a Common Gray Hairstreak fluttered and sat down on our pink sage (Salvia nemorosa). Since I take my camera almost everywhere, all I had to do is sit there and wait patiently for the butterfly to open its wings. Several photos later, a honeybee came for a visit in the flower garden. Mr. BuzzBuzz was so busy collecting nectar, it took me a little bit to get some good photos.

Our Photinia Shrub

When we first moved into our house, we had Photinias all along the wall facing West. We had to get rid of almost all, but one of them. Because their roots broke the foundation of our house. Over the years, the shrub grew bigger and wider; it began to bloom were the protective nursery for some birds and Eastern Cottontails.

Now, it is Spring. And the Photinia bush is full in bloom. And I see some interested wildlife flying and hopping around it. It might be hosts for baby birds and baby bunnies, again.

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My Photinia was the host nursery for Northern Cardinal baby chicks in Spring 2013.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

When I came back from our local Community Garden, I put some plants back inside the greenhouse. I checked on my other plants and noticed, we have a little visitor. It must have been attracted to my flowers and got trapped in the greenhouse, last night. When I opened the window, I helped the butterfly to find it’s way out. Now, she’s free to fly to any flower outside.

The Mexican Plum Tree

Earlier this week I captured photos of the neighbor’s tree, when it was raining. The fresh opened blossoms looked so pretty with these water droplets.

Today, the weather was gorgeous. So, I walked over there again. Because I saw a butterfly fluttering from one blossom to the other. When I came close enough, I noticed it was a beautiful Question Mark butterfly. The fragrance of the blossoms smelled so good. And the bees and flies agreed with me. They were all over the blooming tree, trying get all this great nectar. Keep pollinating it, sweet insects. I can’t wait to dry some fruits this Summer.

“New” Camera, More Adventures

For the last five years, my Nikon D5100 was my companion, when I was out and about around the US. We went on two Disney vacations, a trip to Washington, D.C., another trip to New York, so many 5K & Fun Runs, family adventures and gazillions of nature photos. But it also began to wear it out. And the last several months, I notice a decline in performance.

A couple of years ago, when I purchased a lens I considered to get a new body as well. I knew, I will need a new camera one day. I decided on the Nikon D3200. Back then, I couldn’t part with my older camera and still went on adventures with it. But today, I finally made the decision to sit the D5100 next to the D40 (my starter camera) in the shelf. And the D3200 will be my new companion from now on. May the “new” camera last me at least as long as the older one. 🙂

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A Honey Bee and an Assassin Bug share the same milkweed. (Photo: Nikon D3200)

Waving In The Wind

All this wind brings warm air into North Texas, before we get hit with the cold front tomorrow afternoon. This little skipper seems to enjoy the warm day and has a refreshing sip of nectar from a Calendula, which waves back and forth in the wind.

~ Enjoy these few warm days left, little fella. Winter is coming, soon. ~

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Skipper drinks nectar from a Calendula flower