Wings Spread Wide

Winging bloom to bloom, choosing different colors, various forms–flowers provide. Rest follows with open wings, accepting warm sunshine.

A pink bloom awaits.

Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae and Pam Puryear’s Pink Turk’s Cap, Malvaviscus x Pam Puryear’s Pink’

21 thoughts on “Wings Spread Wide

  1. That is beautifully written. Thank you. I have gulf fritillary catapillars noshing on my passion vine flowers. My garden is blooming all over… even Coral vine. I didn’t realize they bloomed twice a year.
    Shna Tova.


  2. A beauty of a fritillary, and look at Pam Puryear! I found one of those in the middle of Walden West this month — its photo will be in the next WW post. I had to laugh — there are a few of them in a casual butterfly garden at the entrance, but the one I found was far, far away, deep in the brush. It may have been a natural variation, since I’ve found white ones there, but some pollinator may have helped establish it, too.


    • Oh, that’s interesting that you found some growing wild. I love the native red, it’s one of my all-time favorites. I used to have a white turk’s and thought it was so pretty. I moved it and it didn’t survive the transplant. I’m not as big a fan of the pink. It’s nice, just not my favorite, but if it feeds someone, I’m glad for that.

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      • I have–the red is a much better pollinator plant than the pink. I rarely see pollinators on the pink, though I have seen some butterflies (not this fritillary, but others) and honey bees.


  3. Your inner poet is showing! I haven’t seen as many butterflies this year, or bees either.

    I so appreciate this photo – I’ve stopped camera stalking pollinators here because I get greedy and my clumsy attempts to get closer often chases them away. If I were more patient perhaps…


    • Lol! I think the butterflies have had a hard time in the drought, though I noticed that I’m getting more of the Pipevine Swallowtails recently and they’re munching on the pipevine! Duh!

      I’ve taken fewer photos this year. It’s been so hot and in my front garden, even when there isn’t a breeze, there is, so it can be challenging. Still, sometimes I get lucky!


  4. I tried photographing butterflies several times this summer, but had very limited success. I saw quite a few varieties in Sweden, which made me very happy. It was unusually dry there, but not as dry as here, so they were still around. That said, I still didn’t manage any photo of distinction, so I appreciate yours all the more. Gorgeous shot, Tina!


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