Lens-Artists #113: Labor of Love

This week’s photo challenge comes from guest host Rusha Sams of Oh, The Places we See… We are asked to show images that represent a Labor of Love.

Planting my butterfly garden and maintaining it is a labor of love for me. By planting seeds and plants that attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees I am providing a place for them to feast on the nectar. At the same time I have a space in my backyard to relax and enjoy nature.

Here’s a few of the late summer critters that visited the garden recently. You can click on a picture to enlarge it.

Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, and Skipper butterflies have been all over the zinnias and Mexican Sunflower drinking up the nectar. Wasps, bees, and even a tiny grasshopper enjoyed the flowers, too.

It’s been a long, hot, dry summer and hopefully the flowers will continue to attract the butterflies and other critters for a little while longer.

I smile whenever I see these beautiful visitors to the garden. What made you smile this week?

Thanks to guest host Rusha Sams for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113 – A Labor of Love.

Also shared with Trent’s Weekly Smile.

17 thoughts on “Lens-Artists #113: Labor of Love

  1. This post certainly made me smile. πŸ™‚ I’m not seeing any butterflies, but I was out and about with some nice bumblebees this morning. My Mexican sunflowers did okay but not great. I’m already thinking of where I can plant them next year to get more blossoms plus I’ve ordered my zinnia seeds already. πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful captures of these fabulous creatures that spread joy for all. I am so glad you shared your blossoms that you so dearly take care of with lots of love. And because of that love… You get to see these lovely bees, butterflies and such. Thank you for sharing!

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