One of my favorite things to do is to gaze absentmindedly out my kitchen door at my backyard. We have bird feeders and our garden in the back. It’s very pretty, and I love looking at the birds. But the last two days presented me with two new visitors to the backyard. Here they are:
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, on the purple coneflowers:
I’ve never seen this butterfly before – it was not shy and let me get quite close to take 5 billion pictures. It was working hard on those coneflowers!
And then the very next day, a big gorgeous classic, the Monarch Butterfly, also on the coneflowers:
I’ve seen tons of Monarchs before, but not usually this big. He/she was skittish about my presence (perhaps because I tumbled out of the back door in my pajamas, hurriedly focusing the camera), so I was lucky to get a good shot.