By the end of July my photographic library usually has a myriad of colorful photos of the butterflies that grace the gardens. This year they are few and far between. Perhaps it was the many March snowstorms or the early heat followed by a cold snap. Maybe it is the lack of some larval foods as seven oaks fell during a wind storm.
But last week a few began to appeared. It led me on a quest to locate their caterpillars. A of today I am raising six monarch and six black swallowtail caterpillars. I hope to help increase the population!
Music to awaken you in the morning or lull you to sleep
Melodic – haunting – beautiful
Currently I have 43 birds I’ve photographed for my yard bird list and 4 I have yet to capture. Some photos are less than perfect but You can still identify the bird. Just go to the top of the page and click on Birds observed in the gardens of Valley View.