These flowers were not the most impressive except they seemed to attract a lot of visitors with wings.

 The Blue Jay’s Lullaby— 

Spiders and sowbugs and beetles and crickets,
Slugs from the roses and ticks from the thickets,
Grasshoppers, snails, and a quail’s egg or two—
All to be regurgitated for you.

Lullaby, lullaby, swindles and schemes,
Flying’s not near as much fun as it seems.”
― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn


40 thoughts on “flutterby

  1. Ah, I know these flowers well. They are the flowers of the castor oil plant. And the bugs do love em. Last year there were bumble bees on mine at this time of year. Too wet this year though. We are experiencing a deluge here,as you may have heard! Lovely shots.


    • Sorry to hear about your deluge. We’ve been having alternating cycles of rain and sun here. I’m still working on depth of field (obviously). Don’t quite have all the buttons figured out yet, but thanks!


  2. I smiled at your ‘visitors with wings’ and had this image of bugs without wings having a hard time getting up to the blooms! 🙂 I love your photos, love your posts. Sorry I don’t comment as much as I could.


    • Thank you for this comment Val! I appreciate all the comments, but I have to honestly admit it gets a bit overwhelming at times… so I could thank you for your restraint. Although it’s impossible not to feel flattered at all the attention. Thanks so much for visiting and the occasional comment! 😉


  3. Gunta these are stunning and remind me of the verse that I read on the wall of a hospice several years ago which said that “Happiness is like a butterfly, chase it and it will elude you, turn your mind to other things and it will come and sit softly on your shoulder”


    • I remember that verse from far too many years back. I first saw it on a poster in the late 60s or early 70s. It’s great advice, but not always easy to follow. Something to keep in mind, though…. 😉


    • Thank you, Colonialist. I just had to run and get the camera when I saw all them wingy thingies 😉 Hadn’t actually decided to post the pics until I tripped over the poem… it was just too precious.


  4. Love these macro shots. Wish my camera did a better job with macros or maybe it is the person behind the lens (lol)! Now you’ve got me singing the above to the tune of “My Favorite Things”. It works perfectly!


    • Giggle…. it hit me about halfway through the first line and I haven’t been able to stop since then. I’m still working at doing better with the macros… a bit less depth of field (blurring the much too busy background) would have been far better, but I’m still learning, too. Most of the images were cropped quite a bit.


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