Trees lit by the late afternoon sun were reflecting in the pond between clumps of duck weed as a Great Egret passed by.
These yellow cactus flowers in full bloom had a few Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies flitting around them.
And they do flit, with speed.
The overgrown vegetation around the cactus kept me from getting a better angle. The possibility of snakes was top of my mind.
The flowers on their own were outstanding.
A might song!
Iris are another flower that has performed spectacularly this spring.
The pond was covered in floating debris, including late falling leaves and oak tassels.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
April 8, 2021
This yellow flower stalk caught my eye, as did the roving dangly legged insect.
He wasn’t too impressed and moved on.
There wasn’t much to the plant, the leaves you see here were all there were, about three or four feet (1 Meter) off the ground.
I had not noticed these flowers before and don’t know if they are typical winter bloomers or if the relatively mild winter we are in has brought them out early.
This burst of yellow called out when I passed down a narrow path on a recent afternoon at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The plant was large, these blooms were slightly above my eye level.
Regrettably I didn’t even look for a plant tag but did get one isolated flower, looking something like a ballerina.
December 10, 2020
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13 at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.
There were actually dozens of them along the road, zipping in and out of the Morning Glories.
Zoom in on this last image and you’ll see some sort of a multi-segmented insect between the two Morning Glory blooms that I did not see at the time.
Also seen November 13, 2020
I was framing a single Swamp Sunflower, trying for an artsy view when a bee hovered into the shot.
He was as attracted to the blossom as I was.
He did his thing then backed away.
Here’s a broader look at the patch of these photogenic blooms.
There is a patch of these lemony yellow flowers at the entrance to the swamp I frequent.
It had just stopped raining and the sun popped out, lighting up the flowers and this Silver-spotted Skipper.
He was the only insect I noticed and well over 100 blooms were there for him to work over.