Lantana Camara is one of the varieties in the Lantana family, a flowering plant that attracts both butterflies and pollinators.
Here it’s blooming amid the lavender hosta blooms. My favorite time to capture blooms is right after a morning rain shower and before I melt with the high heat and humidity!
Posted in Botanicals, Butterfly Garden, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, lifestyle photography, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Pollinators, SOOC, Spring Blooms, Sunlight
Tagged butterfly garden, FujixT2, God's Creation, Hosta blooms, Lantana, Life, Nectar Plants
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.
Posted in Animals & Insects, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Perennials, SOOC, Spring, Spring Blooms, Sunlight
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
Tagged Children, expectant parents, Family, Life, maternity, nature, Neighborhood Park, Parents, Relationships, Toddlers
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
“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues
Walk in a favorite place. Soak in the sunshine. Bask in God’s goodness and love. Pray in adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. Delight in all His blessings to you and yours. Breathe deeply and feel grateful. Go and serve others. Catch the sun. Share the Son.
Posted in At the Park, Autumn, Botanicals, Fauna, Floral, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Missouri Grasses, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Sunlight, Walk in the Park
Tagged Autumn, Flowers, Life, Missouri grasses Sunlight, nature