Monday, July 9, 2012

The Butterfly that Fluttered By...

I blame it on the butterfly. 

I went outside to tackle a purple sandcherry root. The shrub had been cut down to ground level, courtesy of my brother. Brothers are handy; everyone should have a couple floating around.

I dug, dug some more, and thought about continuing to dig. 

Long story short, the root remains, may it rot in peace, and a lilac is planted in its stead. Said lilac has been lingering in a pot since I won it in a draw. Awhile ago. June. I know...

I think the lilac will acclimatize and be beautiful, as was the aforementioned butterfly.

You remember, the one that distracted me from tasks more labour intensive than pointing a camera in the general direction of orange wings.


Look at this level of cooperation from the model. 

Clearly, I was meant to take photos this morning, not pick up a shovel followed by an axe to wield at uncooperative roots. Mustn't frighten the neighbours, after all.

Instead, I followed the butterfly, who clearly has as much appreciation for coneflowers as I do.

Tell me, wouldn't you have put down the garden tools and picked up a camera?
Be truthful.

I thought so.

I'm pleased to be linking with the Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage. Perhaps you'd like to join in as well.


  1. You also had a butterfly that likes to pose for your camera! Great shots Karen, all work and no play....

  2. Hi,Karen!
    What a pretty butterfly! You captured a nice shot.Looks like she is about to dance!Your coneflowers are beautiful.

  3. What a wonderful distraction. I think I would have picked up the camera instead of a shovel too. Monarchs are so lovely. I wish I could see them more often.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  4. You were so lucky capturing the Monarch butterfly in several poses. We had some in the garden today but they just flitted and flitted and flitted.

  5. Incredibly beautiful. We have flowers like this, unfortunately, the beetles are winning. :(

  6. Yes I would definitely have stopped and picked up the camera. You pictures are gorgeous. I really like the one of the hollyhocks and cone flowers next to the fence. You did a great job of capturing the butterfly.
    Have a great week.

  7. The Cone Flowers look like pieces of jewelry on stems. Beautiful!

  8. Such wonderful photos! The colors are so vivid and cheerful. And what a beautiful butterfly!

  9. The flowers and the butterfuly
    just amazing, really beautiful shots Karen.

    You have surpassed yourself this time!

    Hope the temps are suiting you and not too hot.

    It is 9.15am here Tuesday (no rain yet) so fingers crossed
    am off shopping with my mum and daughter so will
    catch up with you later.

    Have a great day.

    Don't do too much in that garden (shout for your brothers)!!!

    Fiona x

  10. nice post your sharing here thanks looking for to visit more...blessings

  11. Camera, camera, camera. I drop most anything for the camera. If I have clean hands and it is not raining. That first image is splendid.

  12. The photos take my breath away! I love the big shots of flower and butterfly; it melts my heart. Taking those pictures sure is more fun that trying to dig a root out of the ground.
    Big smile!

  13. Beautiful photos Karen! It looks so pretty there. And yes, I would have (and often do) dropped whatever I'm doing and grabbed my camera for a photo op. :)

  14. Beautiful coneflowers which I have difficulty growing, I think they get too wet hmm that just means I need to put in a "dry" garden.

    I have so many photos on my computer and storage device I am beginning to think I'm hoarding!
    The butterfly would have sucked me right in, there is a swallowtail here that won't hold still. Tease.

  15. Great shoots, Karen! Love`em all :o) You bright my day, thank you :o)

  16. ♡♡♡ ♡♡♡
    Super lindo!
    Boa noiteeeeeeeeee!!!
    ♡♡♡ ♡♡♡

  17. Hi Karen,
    Your photos are just gorgeous as is the butterfly! I'm so glad you stopped by for a cup of tea with me. And thank you for the smile!


  18. That root will still be there....but that beautiful butterfly is so fleeting. What amazing captures!


  19. Your photographs took my breath away....what a beautiful start to the day....thank you!

  20. wow! what stunning pictures. What kind of favors did you call in for the butterfly to poise so perfectly!! :)

  21. Love your blog! Thanks so much for paying me a visit. I agree with you, the cooperative butterfly was definitely a sign to pick up the camera and not the shovel. I'm looking forward to visiting you often!

  22. To get them to even hesitate for a second is an accomplishment, much less pose for photos ops. Way to go.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  23. Hi, I'm Nadezda! I love your blog, beautiful pictures, lovely coneflowers and butterflies! Of course, you dropped the shovel.

  24. I would have run for the camera as well and I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU DID / what amazing photographs! :)

  25. That's an amazing butterfly, he's so big ! Your photos are beautiful, the compositions perfect. My favourite is the one with the vignette, it's really beautiful and would make a wonderful birthday card !

  26. Beautiful pictures. I've spied a Monarch flitting around our gardens but have yet to have my camera in hand when I see him!


  27. What beautiful pictures and such a wonderful way to get distracted :)

  28. Love your hollyhocks, echinacea, and the butterfly! Lovely photos!

  29. Thank you so much for linking up your beautiful blooms this week over here at Fisthail Cottage. The photo's of your echinacea are so pretty with the butterfly! xoox, tracie

  30. Beautiful blog. Great photo's.
    I will follow your blog.
    See more of your garden.
    Enjoy your sunday.
    Love, Annette



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