Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Old Nests and New Butterflies

 One of my earliest butterflies, the Falcate Orangetip showed up in the warmth of this late winter day. Turns out it was one of three butterflies I would see today.
 I won't boast one these pictures, and what excuse did I have?...none, it sat quite still for me, but alas...no crisp shot was to be had.
 I would love to remember the name of this sweet early shade bloomer that I bought last year, but again, I've forgotten!
 One thing I am sure of, and that this is a bird nest!!!
 This is a Maple Tree!...
...and these are wild! 
 I can't have a post each new year without at least one photo of the crocus.
 The rake is getting put to good use. OH the leaves...will they ever end!!!!???
 I just can't wait for the Dogwood to bloom!
 The little Comma caught my eye, and again no clear shot.
 But it's a butterfly! Who could resist?
 Those little stick nests are everywhere!
Did I tell you there are 3 baby Flying Squirrels in the old Bluebird house! The little rascals!!!

15 comments:

bluekat said...

You always have such pretty photos! Helps get me through our grey days here!

lol - I thought you evicted those occupiers! :)

Trobairitz said...

Wow, great shots. I sure miss butterflies. We get some here but not what we used to see in BC. Somewhere I have a few pictures stashed from last summer of a swallowtail on our butterfly bush.

I am impressed on how far along your maple and dogwood buds are. I was out raking leaves on Sunday and ours aren't quite there yet. They are trying though.

Come on Spring.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Yep, its time for the leaves to be raked. At least with yours, its one time and done. With my live oaks, it'll be a chore for weeks to come until all the old leaves are off and the new ones on the trees. But it sure does feel like spring, doesn't it?

Eve said...

Thanks Kari! Well....I guess I'm just a softie!

Thanks Trob!I have good butterfly years and bad. I'm hoping this year will be good!! :-)

Hi Sue! I have one Live Oak, but it's small yet. I have so many oak trees that I'm pulling up little oaks out of the yard a million times a day! hahaha! Guess I should start an oak farm!

Kerry Hawkins said...

Love these shots. This is a great primer for spring

Webster World said...

Awesome. We here in Michigan are sooo far from that.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

How lucky you are to see butterflies already! I am seeing lots of stick nests too and am ready for the dogwood to burst! It won't be long!

Roy said...

Oh Wow! butterflies and beautiful crocus, things are looking up now Evie.

Rebecca said...

Butterflies in February?!--How awesome is that :)

Cheryl said...

So exciting....I think i may just have Spring fever.
It does not matter whether the images are crisp or not, you are showing us Spring in your part of the world and that is lovely.....

bev said...

Love that birds nest photo!

debsgarden said...

Hi Eve, It is great to see butterflies!I saw some little yellow ones the other day, and it is a cheerful sign of spring. I think it is very difficult to get good shots of them.

Your flower looks like sharp lobed hepatica, AKA liverwort. I have these little native flowers in my woodland garden. I love them!

BilboWaggins said...

Too cold here for butterflies.

Envy you all those leaves, I see them as free potential black-gold for the garden!

Casa Mariposa said...

I've never seen the little orange tipped butterfly before. It's beautiful! I'm so glad you didn't kick out the flying squirrels! :o)

Mary said...

I can't believe you have butterflies already! How neat that you have flying squirrels! I've always wanted to see one.