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.
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Tagged Black Swallowtail Butterfly, Butterflies, butterfly garden, Butterfly Weed, Flowers, Gardening, God's Creation, Life, nature, Swallowtail Butterflies
“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”
“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new…and so in you the child, your mother lives on, and through your family continues to live… so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.”
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”
“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” – Maureen Hawkins
“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” –Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”
I’m grateful to have captured these fun and precious moments in the park for this family who will soon meet their child #3!
Posted in A Child's Play, At the Park, babies, Children, Couples, Families, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, maternity, Memories, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Parents, Pregnancy, Spring, Sunlight, Toddlers, Twos
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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.
Posted in Animals & Insects, Backyard Play, Bees, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Education, Favorite Books, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Monarchs, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Peace-filled Retirement, Pets, Pollinators, SOOC, Spring, Sunlight
Tagged butterfly garden, Dogs, Gardening, Life, nature, Pollinators
Posted in Botanicals, Education, Events, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, lifestyle photography, Missouri Botanical Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Orchids, SOOC, Spring, Spring Blooms
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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!
Posted in Animals & Insects, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Collages, Fauna, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Peace-filled Retirement, Perennials, Pollinators, Relaxation, SOOC, Spring, Spring Blooms, Summer Days
Tagged butterfly garden, Flowers, Gardening, Life, nature, Pollinators
The worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work.
Sunset fishing at Lake Taneycomo in southern Missouri. He got his line wet, the fish weren’t biting, but he went to sleep relaxed.
It’s all about the bait. And being patient.
Posted in Botanicals, Families, Family Memories, Fishing, God's beautiful creation, Lakes and Rivers, Landscape, Memories, Missouri Lakes & Rivers, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Peace-filled Retirement, Photo Notecards, Reflections, Relaxation, Senior Citizens, Silhouettes, Snapshots, SOOC, Spring, travel, Water
Tagged Fishing, Missouri lakes, Reflections, Retirement living, Sunsets, travel
Fresh. Delicate. Ethereal.
This is just one of the hundreds of Spring blooms in our gardens.
I can’t get enough of this beauty. Simply awesome to see and inhale.
Posted in Botanicals, Floral, Floral Gardening, Gardening, God's beautiful creation, Jane's Scripture Cards, My Gardens, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Perennials, Spring, Spring Blooms
Tagged After a Rain, botanicals, Gardening, natural light, nature, One with nature, Rhododendrons, Spring, Spring Florals