This single rose was sticking out of a mess of bushes and vines, a lovely beacon on a grey day.
The past few weeks have been poor for getting new images; lots of grey days and thunderstorms at various times throughout the day, there are not many birds around, and the greater Charleston area has been mostly shut down since Monday due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.
I got a quick stroll in at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Sunday between rain storms. The air was still so the reflections in the ponds were pretty even though there wasn’t much light.
Magnolia and all of my usual haunts are closed until the storm passes. Florence’s path and power for our area are still hard to predict but I expect I’ll see some changes when we are able to return.
I mentioned back in June that I haven’t seen many water lilies this summer. That remains true all these weeks later.
These were in a small brick-rimmed pond at the back of the plantation house on a National Wildlife Refuge property I recently visited.
The seeds are just starting to form in the outer edges of this sunflower head, while the individual disk florets in the center are still developing.
These large red flowers are so flashy I almost didn’t see the butterfly. I believe the flower is a Texas Star Hibiscus, which grow wild around the edges of my favorite swamp.
The butterfly was intensely inspecting the flowers, but he didn’t stay with any one blossom for more than a moment.
An unopened bloom got its share of attention as the butterfly probed up under the flower’s sepals.
That wasn’t very satisfying, either, and he quickly moved on.
Many of the Buttonbush trees that were so popular with the butterflies in this area last July have died, and those that didn’t have very few blossoms. The harsh weather we had in January may have too much for them.
Not really ice, but the lighting on this pond made it look like a slick skating rink beneath the flowers and crushed ice around the edges.
I find unopened Magnolia Blossoms to be very appealing. The water drops added to the allure of this one.
The bees were very busy in the sunflower fields.
These flowers need little dressing up, but a bee adds a nice visual touch.
Sunflower faces are supposed to follow the sun but on occasion one doesn’t get the message.
One bloom stands above the rest in a field of sunny flower faces.