With the record heat this summer, its sad to say but I have not had much desire to go out exploring. Sure, I think about it and that's as far as it gets. I know I have missed so many wonderful happenings out in nature. When I knocked off working this afternoon I was just itching to get out, even just for a few minutes. That's about all the time I got, soon after arriving at a local county park thunder was heard in the distance and rain started heading our way.
There were lots of lovely water lilies close to the shore. I was glad to see them--they have been doing an extensive 'clean up' of the brushy areas in the park--the places that I love to explore. Good to know they didn't touch the lotus.
I just can't help but think of ET whenever I see one of these seed heads from the American Lotus. From the looks of broken off stems, somebody must like them and have picked them to take home.
Lots and lots of dragonflies flying about this afternoon. These two stop to take a break and seem to be sizing each other up.
Butterflies and more butterflies. This Spicebush Butterfly has definitely seen better days. Huge chunks of its wings were missing, but it didn't seem to have a problem flying from one buttonbush bloom to the next.
Last year, they had cut back these lovely buttonbush plants to the ground. Thankfully, they had let them grow back for this year~~the butterflies were all over them. Here a Tiger Swallowtail feeds alone...not for long.
This second one thought that the first one had an extra special flower and wanted a taste of it as well.