Daily Pics #154.

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a good day so far. It is a fabulous morning here with the sun shining so brightly, the sky is a brilliant blue, the birds are singing their usual morning songs and it’s just perfect so sitting outside on the deck. The flower petals on the apple tree and the neighbors mock cherry tree are beginning to fall already. They don’t last long. So many of our flowers are like that, especially the flowering shrubs and trees. The lilacs are in full bloom now, my favorite flowering shrub. I just love the scent of lilacs, so beautiful. They also don’t last long. But since they are blooming I knew that the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly would be here soon, and they are, lots of them.

Trying to get a picture of them however, is next to impossible. They do love lilacs and that is a good place to catch them sitting still. Except there are no lilacs close by, so that presents a problem. There are two other butterflies around now too, all I can say for sure is that they are orange and black. They also don’t like to sit still. The one could be a monarch butterfly or it could be a viceroy butterfly. We have both around here though the monarch doesn’t show up much so it’s likely a viceroy. Either way I would like to get a picture of it. At least these bigger butterflies will sit with their wings spread open, the small ones never seem to do that. Oh well. But these butterflies won’t be around long so I need to get pictures soon.

And now for some more wildflower pics to share with you…

The first wildflower in the pic above is the dainty “starflower”. They are small but abundant flowers this time of year and found normally in a well forested area. They generally seem to prefer shady spots to sunny spots.

And in the above picture we have the “pale corydalis”, a very beautiful and colorful flower. It is about an inch (2.5cm) long and these flowers like to grow on rocky areas where there is very little soil. They thrive, it seems, in a very dry environment, though they will sometimes grow in other places too. The smell of smoke is in the air this morning, forest fire smoke. The color of the sun shows it too. Not likely something close though. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2020 Steve McLeod.

25 Comments on “Daily Pics #154.

  1. Wow, Amazing pictures, can you also mention about birds similar to birds of Paradise, I’m going to remember the 39 spicies I’m seeing everyday πŸ˜‚. I’m a bit late, definitely not too late 😁. Enjoy the beautiful day Steve and Muffinβœ¨πŸ’πŸ€—

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    • Thanks Simon! Sorry, we don’t have any such birds around here. Never too late Simon! Muffin and I were playing,πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ί now she ate and I think she’s heading off for her morning nap now. I’m going back outside soon to enjoy the beautiful weather.πŸŒžπŸ˜ŽπŸ“· Have a nice relaxing evening Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸ™„

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      • Thank you Steve, I’m feeling sleepy, can’t wait to sleep early today. Can you mention names of any other birds that have strange behaviour as paradise of birdsπŸ€”, I’ve been seeing it continuosly and I fell in love watching them with my Mom, she asks me to show that everyday πŸ˜‚. Thank you Steve, Enjoy your morning walk πŸ€—βœ¨πŸ’

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      • Oh, I get it, hmm,πŸ€” let me think if I can think about thinking of thinking about something like that.πŸ€”πŸ˜³πŸ˜΅ Not likely anything quite like those birds though,😜 short season up here, things go fast!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Walk was great, beautiful, lovely! Have a good night!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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    • Good morning Ribana!
      Yep, I have liked lilacs since I was a kid, just such a beautiful scent.πŸ™‚πŸ˜Έ
      Thanks, enjoy your evening!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ί

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  2. The lilacs are just starting to bloom…the delicate scent is letting me know that they are almost ready to pick ! Love the pics ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸ™‚πŸ˜Ίβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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