Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, April 10, 2015

Beautiful visitor

It seems that every year at least one Western Swallowtail Butterfly finds its way into my garden. They are a bright moving splash of color against the Spring flowers.
And so I move my camera in closer...
and closer...
to see the beautiful little blue tail with its orange circle and marvel at the way this butterfly is put together... how it is unique to any other in the butterfly family. Like Tiffany glass windows, like an impressionist painting, they draw you in and make you want to attain some of their beauty secrets.

They don't stay long in one place but flit from one flower to another.
and then move on.
This is Papilio rutulus and its beauty is a joy to see.


  1. wow such lovely raw beauty and abundance of nature.

  2. Beautiful and your knowledge of "outside" blows me away hon. I don't think I know the name of one butterfly LOL. Delightful post!

  3. Connie this was a beautiful post of a very pretty butterfly. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  4. Your butterfly photos are stunning. Love the close-up, where you can see the dots of color that make up the patterns on the wings. That's really cool !!!

  5. Stunning photos of a stunning insect!

  6. Oh, I could look at these beautiful photos all day! We get visits from the swallowtails too, but they usually just swoop by. I love the close up of the tail! Thank you. Love Tina


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