The Giant Swallowtails graced my backyard with a dance of summertime as they nectared on my Mexican Sunflower bushes
It’s been a while since I’ve written about the roses and butterflies in the backyard. While I love to go cool places to photograph birds, sometimes the best opportunities come in your own backyard. As frequent readers of my blog know, I have a bit of a green thumb, and I’ve landscaped our garden with hummingbirds and butterflies in mind. I used to have lots of rosebushes, as described on my Backyard Roses page, but I became increasingly bothered by the number of pesticides and fungicides that I had to use to keep the bushes healthy. Those things just aren’t good for the birds and insects that are part of a healthy backyard ecosystem. So I ended up downsizing the rose garden to just a few bushes, including one of my favorites, ‘Gold Medal.’ I’m frequently asked if the dew and raindrops on my flower photos are natural or staged. They are absolutely natural! That’s the great part of having flowers in your yard – you can photograph them in the early hours of the morning before the dew dries. (The truth be told, all my staged dewdrops bead too perfectly and look fake!) I was out fertilizing my rosebushes when I noticed […]
I noticed this Monarch caterpillar on my milkweed today. All the leaves of the milkweed had been eaten, and just the stems were left. Then I looked down the flower bed to the next clump of milkweed. Five more caterpillars, all eating hungrily away! That’s why I grow milkweed.