Thursday, August 28, 2014

End of Summer Blossoms in My Neighborhood

We are still a month away from the start of fall season but already the signs of it are showing up. The end of Summer is here for sure when the schools in the area have started or are about to start, the ads for school supplies and clothing are in full swing and the crops at the local pick-your-own farm are tomatoes and peaches with apples not too far behind.

Pink flower


Yellow Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a flower

The weather is changing, the mornings are getting cooler and the days are a little less humid. The biggest change though is in the vegetation, the tree leaves are losing their beautiful green color but the last of the summer blossoms are still giving us wondrous beauty.

Pink flowers -end of summer blossoms

My latest wanderings have been walking around my neighborhood area to photograph nature's beauty. There are several neighborhood gardens I enjoy watching throughout the year especially in the spring and summer.

Red daisy like flower bed

Even the butterfly bush in my backyard has been a source of happiness for me; it has been feeding a few swallowtail butterflies, many moths and several bumblebees. It is lovely to see.

Yellow Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a Butterfly bush

Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly bush
A beautiful monarch butterfly feeding on my backyard butterfly bush. 

Did you know butterflies feed on nectar to obtain much needed water, sugar for energy, salt and minerals needed for reproduction. Some butterflies need more salt than what they can get from the nectar they drink so they land on humans attracted by the salt in human sweat.

Butterfly on a men's forehead

It was a very hot and humid day, perfect conditions for this butterfly/moth to get the extra salt it needed. As you can see from my husband's expression this happened quite unexpectedly to the amusement of the rest of us. I was glad I was able to take a quick photo before it flew away.

Is nature changing in your neighborhood?

I hope you have a great end of summer in your neighborhood, make it Fabulous!

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Vilma

Here are more photos I have taken. Enjoy. 

A crape myrtle tree, a good year for them in my neighborhood. Blossoms come in several colors; pink. red, white. I have seen them all, very beautiful.

Not sure what this one is called, I wish I did also very beautiful.


Bumblebee feeding on a yellow flower
Taking pictures of flowers and their pollinators is challenging and fun.
I am so glad I was able to get this one.


Bright red daisy-like flowers

Pink wildflower

Yellow wildflower

Butterfly feeding on a pink wildflower

A large salmon color daisy-like wildflower