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16 August, 2009

Mosaic Monday/Outdoor Wednesday...or...Butterflies and Sleepy Babies

page4 My butterfly bushes are in full bloom and attracting some beautiful visitors! My favorites are the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails. They hang from the shrubs like elegant Christmas ornaments! My grandson tells me this is the state butterfly of Georgia. He learned that in first grade. I didn’t even know we had a state butterfly! lol


IMG_7640 Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the way you can see the shadowy outline of the flowers through its delicate wings! The afternoon sun is streaming through them like stained glass windows.


IMG_7646 Even the underside is beautiful! I love the little blue edges and the soft, fat body, striped like a tiny zebra!!


IMG_7628 I also have some new babies in my ornamental cherry tree! The robins have built a second nest and have hatched another brood. The funny thing is that the nest was almost blown away before the eggs were laid and my grandson and I put it back. We had to rework it because it was such a mess. We must be good nest builders because the robins chose to lay their eggs in it anyway! Here are two of the three babies fast asleep.


IMG_7627 The third baby always sleeps like this with his beak propped up against the tree and his mouth open! I can almost hear Big Bird’s funny snore….snort…wah wah wah wah wah !


IMG_7629 Oh oh! It looks like I woke up two of them! Don’t you love those fuzzy mohawks???


IMG_7425 Now I’ve gone and done it! They’re all awake! I’d better get the heck out of Dodge before their mom and dad discover that I’ve been visiting! I’ll try to keep you up to date on their progress!

Thanks for coming by! Please head on over to Mary’s wonderful blog Little Red House for Mosaic Monday to see one of her beautiful mosaics and to find out who else is playing along this week.

Outdoor_Wednesday_logo_thumb[1] Then stop by A Southern Daydreamer to pay a visit to our own Georgia girl, Susan for Outdoor Wednesday. You’ll be treated to her beautiful gardens and find a list of more fabulous blogs with lots of amazing places to visit and things to see. See you next time! A la prochaine!

50 comments:

  1. Great captures of your butterflies. i don't get much luck with butterfly photos unless they are housed. I also like the style of framing your photos. Your little birdies look like they are hungry!
    Have a great week!

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  2. Oh my gosh!!! This is just amazing! Thank you!

    m ^..^

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  3. I actually took photos of that exact kind of butterfly 2 weeks ago in Nebraska. I hadn't posted the photos yet! I'm so glad to know what they are called, and where they come from. Have a wonderful weekend, and stop by to say hello sometime!

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  4. Oh I love butterflies...beautiful mosaic...Happy Mosaic Monday to you!

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  5. Love your mosaic! You have some beautiful visitors!

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  6. Hi Debbie
    I took some pics on Fri. of 3 little little nestling babes... wondering where momma was. I felt I should do something again! i didn't! I came back to check on them today and they are gone. I think a snake or "something" gobbled them up... they didn't fly the coop, they were way too small.
    My butterfly bush never came around this year. I moved so much stuff around I think it went into shock! I miss the butterflies, but have enjoyed yours.
    Happy OW & MM
    Love Claudie

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  7. Beautiful butterfly shots...I get so excited when I see beautiful butterflies....

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  8. Your butterfly bush is doing a great job attracting butterflies! You've got a whole collection!

    I'm so surprised the robins use the nest. I was always told they would abandon an egg or nest that had been touched by people. I'm glad you were able to "remodel" it for them after the rescue!
    DAwn

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  9. Mother Nature at her best. Isn't it unusual to have a second brood?

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  10. They are beautiful Debbie.We sure don't see any like that here.Honestly,I hardly ever see a butterfly here anymore.Thanks for sharing yours.
    Cyndi

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  11. cindymeguiar@yahoo.comAugust 17, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    The butterflies are beautiful....but those baby birds just took my breath away! They are just SO cute! I hope you keep us informed of their progress!

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  12. Beautiful pictures of beautiful butterflies. And those little robins are adorable. Have a nice week.

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  13. The photos are beautiful, and I enjoyed your commentary! Such cute little birdies.... I love that about the one sleeping with his beak wide open!

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  14. Awww how sweet those sleeping babies are! Pretty butterfly photos too!
    Pretty Mosaic! Have a great week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  15. Those butterflies are stunning. I don't see many butterflies around my town. We get lots of moths. Beautiful photo.

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  16. I have yet to find a butterfly this year to photograph :(

    Wahhh poor me because i so love them.

    Lovely share.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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  17. Absolutely stunning photos. I enjoyed the butterflies and the baby birds. How fun that you and your grandson reworked the nest and the birds chose to brood there. I bet your Grandson is thrilled over that one. ~ Robyn

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  18. Your butterfly photos are great Deb! And the baby robin photos are amazing. I can't believe you got such great close shots. The baby sleeping with his head back cracks me up, so cute. Thanks for the big smile this morning. Hugs, Kat

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  19. Quelles belles photos, Debbie! Toi, tu as attrapé des moments parfaits - des papillons élégants, des petits bébés adorables. J'ai remarqué que tu as mis ton nom en bas de chaque photo - tu as une "copie-écrite" (mdr). C'est possible qu'on verra tes photos dans une magazine, un livre...on ne sait jamais! Linda

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  20. These are amazing! I follow you know.
    Have a great week.

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  21. I'm transfixed by your beautiful mosaic! The elements and the background is stunning. Now I have to find out how you did it. The baby birdies are oh so precious. I never seem to get to see them that young. But perhaps that is a good thing! This is all so lovely and mesmerizing!
    Brenda

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  22. Love your babies! Such great pictures. The birdhouse just outside our screened-in porch has been home to 3 bunches of babies this summer - we've enjoyed keeping up with their progress. Mom & Dad get really noisy when we are sitting on the porch - too close for comfort, I guess. Have a great week. Sally

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  23. Debbie, I just can't believe the pictures you are taking. You have become such a professional. All of your photos are stunning and the babies are so cute. Hugs, Marty

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  24. You take amazing pictures! The butterflies are astounding and gorgeous -- but OH those baby robins are so precious, with their fuzzy little heads and big ol' beaks!

    Nature's babies -- you have to love them.
    Cass

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  25. Great butterfly shots. I've been known to chase a few around with my camera! Those are some hungry babes!

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  26. I love how delicate those butterflies are. Great shots!

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  27. Wow, they are gorgeous, Debbie! I've always wanted to plant a butterfly bush -- maybe this fall... thanks so much for sharing your lovely images at Mosaic Monday. :)

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  28. Debbie, you capture the most amazing subjects through the lens of your camera. I so enjoy the text you provide as I scroll down your post. Absolutely wonderful!
    hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

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  29. I am from Georgia and I have to say that I did not know that! Glad to be back!

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  30. Those are so pretty Debbie! I just love butterfly bushes, I planted two this year and I have been getting lots of pretty butterflies including the Karner Blue which is rare but around us. Your pics keep getting better and better, pretty soon you'll be a pro! Cindy

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  31. Beautiful butterfly mosaic! I've never seen those beautiful 'undersides' before!

    ~Susan

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  32. My goodness what a sweet photo and precious babies Debbie!
    You are an AMAZING photograper my friend! Love this post! :)

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  33. I feel so bad seeing those little birds...I found a tiny nest in the middle of my fern hangingon my front porch...it had two tiny little eggs in it....so cute...so I did my best not to disturb it but had to move the plant to the ground when we went up to Jersey so it could get water....those poor eggs are still sitting in the nest....no babies...just two lonely eggs....I think by disturbing the plant I scared off the mother...I'm sure one of these days when I walk out the front door I'm going to get pecked to death like in "The Birds"....

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  34. Your butterflies and baby birdies are all so cute, Debbie! Pretty mosaic too!....Christine

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  35. wow. What beautiful butterflies. You captured some beautiful pictures of them.
    That is so funny you mention that the robins had a second nest of babies! We have a bird that had a two nest season too! I had walked over tot he nest to take a peek to see if the egg shells were left, and the Mama bird flew out. WHOOPS! Then a few days later we heard the babies again! Yay!
    HAGD!
    Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

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  36. Wistfully...I am waltzing about blogland today, I have no new posts yet...but, I am stopping in to say hello. There are many wonderfully pleasing places to visit today...(I am trying to see as many friends as I can)...fingers crossed!

    I do indeed love those shots...and I must add that I am pleased to see you marking your imagery. Sad to say, that such a thing is a necessity nowadays.. :(

    The mosaic is perfection...the lilac and yellows just seem to be made for one another!

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  37. LOL, fuzzy mohawks!
    Why do I feel so sleepy..oh. the lullaby!
    Great pics, Debbie..just amazing!

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  38. Debbie, you have become a photographer extrodinaire! Your butterfly photos and your baby bird photos are amazing. Your yard is a wildlife refuge! laurie

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  39. Gorgeous butterfly pics. And yes, I love the fuzzy mohawks too.

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  40. What beautiful flowers. I love the collage you made to share with us today. It's as pretty as the flowers themselves. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  41. Debbie,youR photos are amazing! Your subjects, butterflies and birds, are my favorites!

    xoxoxo

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  42. Beautiful post Debbie. I just love butterflies. It's amazing how lovely they are. Those little baby birds are just adorable. I enjoyed all of the pictures you shared. Thank you so much.

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  43. Hey there Sweet French Friend Debbie! :) I Adore your mosaic of the butterflys...and the birdies...makes me miss my Hairy guy I nearly sent to birdie heaven! lol We must get together soon, I just came home from Savannah with some tea from FRANCE and some French Biscuit cookies too.... YEP, we gotta dine soon~ :) My church is doing a sleepover at Destiny right by you Friday night, wanna come? No kidding, we're sleeping over. We're gonna have a movie, snacks, all kinds of fun. Call me if you're not doing anything and we can crash there and have fun catching up! :) Starts at 7pm, goes till 10am the next morning. AND...they supply us with breakfast too! :) ~CC Catherine

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  44. What gorgeous photos! I love butterflys they are one of natures beautys! Traci

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  45. Deb, these picts. are amazing.I love the butterflies with the purple of the butterfly bush, gorgeous, thank you for sharing, hugs Kathysue

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  46. Those butterfly wings are some of nature's most beautiful mosaics. How cute that you helped mend the nest and the mother robin chose to make it her home. You always have an interesting and lovely feature.
    Happy Twirls

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  47. I love your pictures, Debbie. You have become quite the photographer. I am going to try the product you recommended so stay tuned for a another Shameless Plug!

    Bonnie

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  48. What a lovely blog you have! I love the Provence tablescape...just beautiful.
    Baby birds are just a hoot aren't they?

    I'll enjoy seeing more in the future!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie