First Day of Spring 2020

These days we are social distancing by staying home except to go to the store for supplies.

I grabbed my camera today to go outside in my yard in the glorious warm, sunny weather and capture a few of our first spring blooms. Enjoy!

 

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WordPress just reminded me that today is the 7th anniversary of the Wandering Dawgs blog. Thanks to all of you it’s been an amazing seven years.

I would not still be blogging if it wasn’t for you. I appreciate every one of you who follows the blog, reads the posts, likes a post, or leaves comments. You make it worth while to keep the blog going.

Thank you all! Happy First Day of Spring!

 

Lens-Artists #83: Future

For this week’s challenge Ann-Christine has asked us to illustrate the Future.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow ~ Audrey Hepburn

A flower bud’s future is to become a flower.

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Bud on newly planted Bobbie Fain Variegated Camellia
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First bloom on newly planting Camellia

The future of a caterpillar is to become a butterfly.

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Monarch Caterpillar munching on milkweed leaf
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Monarch on milkweed

While I don’t know what my future will bring, I can enjoy watching my garden grow. The seeds I plant in March become summer flowers.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Future

 

October in Coastal Georgia

October is one of my favorite months in coastal Georgia. The weather is finally cooling off, the sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous, and you never know what birds will show up to feed in the marsh.

I’ve been seeing gorgeous morning skies at sunrise.

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Coastal Georgia Sunrise

The cooler temperatures are perfect for taking a morning walk.

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Coastal Georgia Salt Marsh

I need to clean out the dying plants from my butterfly garden but I decided to wait before pulling them up. As long as there are butterflies stopping by for some nourishment the plants will stay.

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Gulf Fritillary on Mexican Sunflower

Large flocks of White Ibis have been feeding in the salt marsh around our neighborhood.

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Juvenile White Ibis

 

 

Lens-Artists #66: Filling the Frame

This week, Patti has challenged us to bring attention to the subject in our photo by filling the frame with that subject. I chose a selection of photos from this year’s butterfly garden.

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Bee in the Butterfly Garden
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Gulf Fritillary on Zinnia

Although several varieties of butterflies visited the garden this summer, the Monarchs have been few and far between until today. Early this morning, there were about eight different Monarchs feasting on the flowers.

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Monarch Butterfly
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Monarch on milkweed in early October
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Monarch on Mexican Sunflower in early October

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Filling the Frame

 

Winter in the Butterfly Garden

Although most of the plants in my butterfly garden are finished blooming for the winter, some of flowering plants continued to bloom in late December and early January.

The milkweed is blooming and attracting Monarch butterflies. Because Hurricane Irma destroyed my butterfly garden in 2017 there were no butterflies or caterpillars last winter. I replanted the garden in the spring of 2018 and in December, 2018 I was thrilled to find monarchs and caterpillars on the milkweed once again.

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Monarch on milkweed in January
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Monarch Caterpillar

Two days later, this caterpillar had changed into a chrysalis.

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Monarch Chrysalis December 24, 2018

I checked on the chrysalis every day. A week later, on New Year’s Eve, it was starting to change.

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Week old monarch chrysalis after rain December 31, 2018

I continued checking on it daily and I could see subtle changes each day. Just when I knew it wouldn’t be long before a butterfly emerged, I found it lying on the ground the morning of January 5. We did some research on the internet to find out if there was anything we could do to save it. We tied it to a branch with piece of thread and let it hang in a jar. It’s been over a week since then and still there is no change.

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We rescued the Chrysalis after it fell on the ground on January 5, 2019

I wish there had been a happier ending to this post. I’m sad to say that our butterfly didn’t make it.