Where has the summer gone. It's hard to believe it is the middle of August already. I have been slacking on posting here. And sigh!!! that was one of my goals this year was to be better. I have been extremely busy this summer. My mom and her new husband visiting, having my grandkids for a visit, 70th birthdays (for my uncles not me), grand kids birthdays, the list goes on and on..
One of my joys is my camera. Now I have a nice camera and I don't use it to its full potential. And at times treat it like its a point and shoot (shame on me). For the most part the pictures I take are for me.. I thought I would share some with you. I must say the sassy goose was taken by my grand son (13) while he was here on a visit. I love this picture..
I have this butterfly bush. Now this year its not as spectacular as it has been in years past. But my family eagerly awaits for it to blossom each year to watch our butterfly/pretty moth visitors. The monarchs are the trickiest to photograph, they are flighty when a unknown object is moving around but I was able to get this shot.. but believe me it took a bit of snap and wait for him to land again and try over.
Now I know there are "rules" as to what is a butterfly and what is a moth.. we just like the beauty of them. A couple of years ago the bush was huge and loaded with flowers.. it drooped being so heavy with blooms and we had hundreds... yes hundreds of monarchs and other flying beauties. this year not so much.
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