Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yellow Swallowtails Sunning Themselves~

Part 1 in a series of 3~

These two Yellow Swallowtails were basking in the sun, after spending most of the afternoon in the mud of an almost dry creek bed.  One was slightly smaller and had a slight tear on it's right wing and the larger one was a stunner, just a perfect specimen.  All day I watched the two of them and it was a most fascinating day of learning and wondering, for in all of my years, I had not ever seen this happen before.  I kept thinking that they should have been hanging out on some beautiful flowers somewhere, but that was not to be the case...more to follow tomorrow~


  1. Beautiful butterflies Mary.

  2. Hi Mary,
    These are beautiful butterflies and although we have them in France, I still did not manage any pictures. yours are really nice ;-)

  3. Interesting behavior! Very nice butterfly ;)

  4. Wonderful shots of the Swallowtail. They are just beautiful!

  5. Mary,
    Nice photos of the male Eastern Tiger Swallowtails. Hard to get two to bask in the sun in one place like that.

    I just did a huge post on butterflies from our WV mountain trip.


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