Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Colours

sharing with... 


Monarch butterfly
 
on my "pink delight" butterfly bush (Buddleia).
 
It's a little battered, but still beautiful.
 

Male Baltimore Oriole 

A grey squirrel (Patches), who I believe is Stoney Braveheart's mate.
 
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71 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous shots! the last one made me grin. :D

Linda W. said...

Lovely butterfly shots! And the oriole is great too.

Buttons said...

Beautiful beautiful Karen hope you and Beep are having some fun:) Hug B

Sandra said...

the winner today is the bird on the orange.. so cute and sweet and that squirrel is adorable.. little brats that they are..

Debbie said...

WoW-zers!!! Gorgeous, difficult to pick a favorite!!!!

Felicia said...

She sure is beautiful as are all your images.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures, Karen, as always and the details you get never cease to amaze me! Takes my breath away!! And of course, I always love the birds and critters! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you and Beep have a great new week!!

Muffie said...

Love seeing that gorgeous butterfly! You mean there may be more little bushy rats?!

Adrienne said...

Great shots - the colors in the butterfly photos are fantastic! And Mr. Squirrel looks ready for a fight!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous butterfly shots. i love the oriole. what a beautiful color. ( :

Tamar SB said...

Squirrel! Love the butterfly pics, so stunning!

Rebecca said...

Oooh the Oriole. Is that how you attract them - with oranges? I would love to see one in my yard.

RedPat said...

Wonderful shots as usual. Karen! I saw my first monarch of the season yesterday.

Nancy J said...

Birdie on an orange, balanced so well, lovely, but Patches, he is a handsome chap, super photos, hope you and Beep are enjoying the hols. Cheers,Jean

ladyfi said...

OH my - such stunning shots.

Nonnie said...

magnificent macro captures of the butterfly on the flower and the vivid orange on the oriole!

Hannah said...

Great photos of the oriole, such a colorful bird, I have rarely seen one. The Monarch butterfly captures are wonderful, I'm sorry to see the damage to its wings, I guess life is hazardous for butterflies. I have a milkweed plant finally growing in my garden so hope against hope that perhaps someday a Monarch will notice, they are not supposed to be in my area but someone nearby had a caterpillar on their milkweed plant.

Elephant's Child said...

Love the pink of that buddleah - ours are mauve.
And the Monarch. Incredible travellers.
And the post. Thank you.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I love the butterfly on the butterfly bush shots. I'll have to keep a closer eye on my garden to see if I can spot some there.

Karen

Gail Dixon said...

The oriole is a stunner! And most excellent shots of the butterfly.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!!! Is that a butterfly bush...pink?!! I've only seen it in lavender...and this is a rich, carnation pink. I want one.

eileeninmd said...

I love the monarch/ butterfly bush shots. And the Orioles is gorgeous. Lovely post and photos.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful nature shots filled with furry and feathered and floral beauties ~ for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Valerie said...

Beautiful images, Karen. The Monarchs are a delight to see and the Oriol is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful shots, Karen! The butterfly, the Baltimore oriole, and squirrel are all fantastic to see.

Lisa Gordon said...

Karen, these are gorgeous, and I just love Patches!

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, Great Images of beautiful butterfly, bird and squirrel♡♡♡ Male Baltimore Oriole is SO lovely and what a match of color with citrus♬♬♬

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Judy said...

Wow, Karen, thank goodness such beauty exists and that you have the ability to capture it through your photos.

colleen said...

I came to see the monarchs. We only have black swallowtails this year. Got the Baltimore Orioles in the bargain. Beauties on and all.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous shots! The squirrel is cute.

VioletSky said...

Oh dear, that poor Monarch, but I'm glad she's still alive.
But, I really, really love that oriole and the orange!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

My husband just agreed - we think you are an incredible photographer.

That Baltimore Oriole is incredible, well all your pics are. I kinda love birds the best but your Monarch is amazing too. Boy, looks like he's had some trouble with that tea in his pretty wing.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are all just beautiful! I love the Oriole!! And the squirrel is a wonderful capture, too!

Carole M. said...

lots of beautiful nature happening here and the Oriole - wow

Andy said...

Nice Monarch photos.

Les... said...

awesome pics! So much detail, most especially in the butterflys wings! Lovely work. *VBS*

Siddhartha Joshi said...

such beautiful, colourful and detailed shots! Lovely...
-- Island of Peace

Rambling Woods said...

Oh Love seeing this guy.. Look at the black bands on the wings and two scent spots indicating a male. The female has thicker black bands and no scent spots... Love the oriole too...Michelle

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I like the butterfly, it was still beautiful even if weathered! I feel that way at times:) I like your squirrel....looks mischievous

MitchyLR said...

Hi Karen!! Your photos are fantastic!! I can't decide which I like more.....butterfly....bird.....squirrel......all equally beautiful :-))

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Rajesh said...

Beautiful images. I like that Oriole.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI I love the way the male Baltimore Oriole is colour coordinated with the orange in the first shot. The Butterfly is so beautiful.

Andrea Priebe said...

I love them all including amd maybe most of all the battered Monarch. They go through so much to complete their mission ... nature may be beautiful, but it can also be hard. Now, I want to know about Stoney Braveheart ... I must have missed that post. I love Patches ... he deserves a good mate and she sounds like she would fit the bill. Great series, Karen ...

Andrea @ From Th e Sol

mick said...

Beautiful vibrant colors in both the butterfly and the Oriole and of course the flowers. Squirrels seem so cute to me - that's something we don't have out here in Australia. Great photos.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous photos all of them!

Frank said...

Can't compete with those colours today Karen. Gorgeous images.

Phil Slade said...

Spectacular! The colours you have captured in those pictures of the Monarch and the oriole are just beautiful. The orange is a perfect match to the Oriole's plumage.

fredamans said...

Wow to that butterfly. You captured it so perfectly and beautifully I can see the fine little hairs on it. Superb!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The complimentary colors of the oriole and butterfly are very pleasing. Love them all!

Christian Weiß said...

Stunning photos, the oriole is wonderful.

edenhills said...

What a beautiful collection of animal photos. Love them all!

June Caedmon said...

These are wonderful, Karen! and that settles it - I am definitely getting a butterfly bush (or two) for the yard next year - wow! Love the squirrel shot, he looks like he's flexing his muscles like the body builders do, lol!

Laura said...

So gorgeous Karen! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

Villrose said...

Exceptionally crisp images!

bj said...

OMYGOSH...I've never seen such amazing photos. wow....you must have an awesome camera and you sure do know how to use it. Thanks so much for sharing these...I enjoyed every single one.

bj said...

...just to say I am now following you thru Google Friends Connect.:)

Stuart Price said...

The Oriole must be a great bird to see in the garden..............

Christian Perrin said...

Beautiful photographs here Karen! I've never seen a Monarch so scratched up before, and I WISH I'd seen a Baltimore Oriole, full stop!

I briefly lived in Toronto so look forward to seeing more of your posts and reminiscing about that period of my life :)

Breathtaking said...

Breathtaking images of the Oriole the Monarch,and squirrel.I don't see any of these beautiful creatures where I live.

EG CameraGirl said...

I can't believe your butterfly bush is blooming already! Mine is nowhere near to blooming. Lovely shots, Karen.

NatureFootstep said...

lots of beautiful wings. both butterfly and orioel. :)

I´m reopening my meme NF Winged tomorrow. A meme for every winged critter you can find. If you are intersted it is on the same place as my other memes.

New Jersey Memories said...

I love the butterfly and the birds!

bettyl-NZ said...

What lovely and colorful shots!

Pat said...

Fantastic shots! Love that little squirrel.

Bob Bushell said...

They are brilliant, their colours........

Adam Jones said...

I thought the Monarch butterfly was pretty, but then I saw the Oriole. Wow.

Stewart M said...

The Baltamore O is such a great looking bird. I was taking pictures of butterflies in the same sort of plant earlier in the week!

Sorry for the much delayed reply - I've been in the UK for a month and I decided to let the blogging take a back seat - normal service will resume very soon!

Stewart M - Melbourne

Ela said...

Just gorgeous photos !!!
Thank you very much for sharing !
Have a nice weekend :)

Ela said...

Just gorgeous photos !!!
Thank you very much for sharing !
Have a nice weekend :)

Carver said...

All of your shots are so good. Great captures of the butterflies, bird and squirrel.