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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - Sometimes You Get Lucky

On Saturday, we drove up to Sorticulture in Everett.  We drove through several heavy rain showers and even thought of stopping on the way to buy a raincoat or umbrella. as Sorticulture is an outdoor festival.  In a surprising turn of events, (rain had been predicted.) the sun decided to shine and the day was warm and beautiful.  Lucky. (A post or two about Sorticulture will pop up one of these days.)  I could have spent the entire day at Sorticulture but after five hours,  the non-gardener deserved a change of scenery.  The plan was to go straight home but the lady in the phone said that Sunnyside Nursery wasn't far.  I'd never heard anything about that nursery but can only say wow!  What a fabulous place. Again, a post or two will follow.  A lucky find.

While wandering the spacious nursery, a Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) butterfly landed on a Buddleja and seemed very happy to totally ignore me as I snapped a few pictures of it.   Usually wildlife doesn't pose so nicely for me.  Sometimes you just get lucky!

From egg to butterfly - one month.  Life span of butterfly six -14 days.  How brief a life.  


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11 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I have a few pics like that in my photo library taken in my own garden.
    I will eventually have a bit of a post about Sorticulture too. I purposely did not take my camera but snapped a few pics with my cell phone. We got sprinkled on on Friday it was still pleasant.

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  2. You got some great shots! I love when they ignore you, but it never happens out in my own garden, they are so skittish. Swallowtails are so pretty, I don't know why Monarchs get all the fanfare sometimes. Looking forward to your posts about Sorticulture, I didn't go this year.

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  3. Wow. I'm pretty sure that Swallowtail was overwhelmed and distracted by the bright color of the butterfly bush, thinking itself lucky too. With such a short life there is not time to waste.

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  4. 14 days...making the most of it.

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  5. Beautiful photos! It seems you were lucky all day long!

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  6. Can't wait to read about your expedition. Sounds like you found treasures and had a good time. What a beautiful butterfly. They are miraculous creatures.

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  7. You were lucky to be close enough to snap a photo. Any butterflies I see in the garden are too far away and moving too much to ever photograph.

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  8. You got lucky all right! I laughed as I watched five or six youngsters chasing a butterfly around at the Flower Festival in Pioneer Square this past Monday. The butterfly seemed completely out of its element in the middle of the city, but it found the flowers!

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  9. Yes you were lucky on both counts...and skilled! Those are beautiful images of the swallowtail!

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  10. So beautiful! We have a lot of the Eastern version flitting around these days - they really stand out when visiting my rose-pink weigela.

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  11. Beautiful butterfly and of course a superb shot. Usually like birds, they just won't sit still.

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