"It's all about the light" in my photographic adventures.
More important for me, life is all about the Light of the world: Jesus Christ. (See the Gospel of John, chapter 1.) He's my Savior and Friend, my Light in the darkness, my Hope in all situations. I want to know Him better every day and tell others what He has done for us on the cross.
A pleasure is full grown when it is remembered. ~C.S. Lewis
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Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~ Walt Whitman
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero
The Monarch may be the most recognized butterfly in North America, and maybe in the world!
Three years ago we began to plant milkweed, the host plant for the adult female Monarch to lay eggs and for the caterpillar to feed on the leaves.
This year our nationally registered Monarch Waystation 17014 was the home to many eggs, caterpillars and nectaring Monarchs.
The slideshow presents a few of the Monarchs we released with a “Godspeed” as we watched them catch a high wind on their migratory journey to Mexico.
We enjoyed involving our gardening friends, a teen neighbor girl, and classrooms of third graders, helping them to learn more about Monarchs and establishing their own habitats to protect them.
Did you know only about 2% of all Monarch caterpillars survive in the “wild” to become a butterfly? The entire process takes only about one month. Predators are wasps, lizards, praying mantises, birds, and more.
Monarchs matter! To learn more, please visit http://www.monarchwatch.org
Our butterfly garden has been abuzz lately with the hot temperatures and high humidity this Spring. These Black Swallowtails spent some time nectaring on the Butterfly Weed before they flew to their next snack stop. These are common in the Midwest and the Swallowtail caterpillars are usually found on plants in the parsley family (fennel and parsley are favorite host plants). The butterflies look for nectar-providing flowers.
Roxie and I are excited to begin our 2018 butterfly gardens!
Our new book “The Monarch” by Kylee Baumle is just packed with information about the Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis stage, and the eclosing of the beautiful Monarch! (This book is available on Amazon.com I’m recommending the book as a personal user and do not receive any compensation for my recommendation.)
Help save the pollinators and butterflies! Create your own special garden either in containers or in the ground by using a variety of milkweed plants and native host and nectar plants in your growing area!
Find more information at http://www.monarchwatch.org
Visit your nearest botanical garden(s) for information on butterfly and pollinator gardening.
Fritillaries visited our butterfly garden en masse this summer, perhaps due to the southerly winds from Hurricane Harvey.
The bumblebees have found my purple coneflowers! I’m still waiting patiently for the Monarchs to arrive. I’ve spotted one Tiger Swallowtail so far.
The “blanket flowers” and butterfly weed and many more plants that attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and yellow finches are just waiting for visitors! I think our cool, wet Spring has affected the pollinators and butterflies so far. So I’ll keep watching!
The lightest snowfall provides a background for such interesting bird prints!
It’s easier to tolerate winter when the sun shines and when you have a dog to walk!
This is the last Monarch to visit our butterfly garden in 2016. We enjoyed each and every one that we saw, and thank God for His creation and their beauty! The monarchs enjoyed our butterfly weed, milkweed plants, and butterfly bushes (this one is named “Ruby”) as well as the zinnias and impatiens blooming here.
Read more about Monarchs and their migration here and on other sites that you find when searching Google for “monarchs” and “migration.”
Remember to save your flower seeds and plant in the early spring to help make your environment more butterfly friendly!
Little sister brought her baby brother her favorite book—The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–and he was completely mesmerized by it, as you can see!
The cocoon and hat were crocheted by Lake Effect Creations. You can find her Etsy shop online at etsy.com
Isn’t he adorable in it? A beautiful creation in God’s world!
Autumn … Ahh!
Leaf colors are beginning to change.
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful morning for this long walk in the park!
When you plant milkweed and coneflowers, the monarchs WILL come!
If I were a butterfly or a bee, I’d like to live here.
Chickens make wonderful pets.
Chickens help teach responsibility with daily feeding and watering chores.
Chickens provide bonus surprises — eggs! Healthy eating!
Here’s my favorite chicken whisperer with her sweet “Cocoa.” I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t have doll clothes on Cocoa sometime soon. Maybe she’ll even push her in a doll stroller. Cocoa would love that!
Right: Love That Shot Kalani Textures Collection #2 Mahimahi
Thanks to Love That Shot (Misti & Michelle) for the awesome textures and veils in their collections!
On Palm Sunday, the snow fell and the birds came to the feeder to snack throughout the day.
I waited a long time to capture this shy cardinal.
He darted among all the backyard trees, and then he finally decided it was his turn to snack on the sunflower seeds. Isn’t he a beauty?
I took his photo at a recent adoption event at Purina Farms, Gray Summit, MO.
Bruno has been just one of the hundreds of dogs fostered and adopted through Best Friends Furever (nonprofit) led by our friend Dee. She does AWEsome work to save so many four-pawed friends–dogs and cats–and has worked with agencies all over to get these pets placed into fur-ever homes. Kudos to Dee and her foster families!
Happy life, Bruno and your new family!
This clever saying was stitched onto a needlepoint pillow in Betty’s home:
“A dog has a master. A cat has a staff.”
I captured these snapshots last week when I visited Betty, who is healing well from a broken hip and surgery, and her H.S. friend. Thank You, Lord.
Betty and her cat, Chloe, are true besties! They adore one another.
I truly think each is a “staff person/staff furson” for the other.