Sunday, 23 September 2007

And there's more....

Over the weekend we have been lucky enough to have had good sunny spells. Verbena Bonariensis has continued to be very popular with the butterflies, bees and other insects. I finally managed to get some clearer photos of the Painted Lady butterfly when she had company with a bee for a while.


A light breeze was blowing the tall stems back and forward so it was quite a challenge to get either of them in the frame! I had no idea I had as much detail with the bee – that was a surprise.

The photos above were taken in my garden on September 22nd 2007.

9 comments:

Barbara said...

Your pictures are excellent, real macro-photographs. You were lucky to take them!

Layanee said...

The bee looks as soft as a kitten!

shirl said...

Hi again, Barbara and Layanee

Barbara - thank-you. I have by no means mastered my camera and usually just point and shoot - so I was very lucky to get them :-)

Layanee - I agree! I couldn't believe how soft and clean they looked myself :-)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Beautiful pictures. You did an amazing job. I just love my verbena. It is the best at attracting the butterflies and bees.

Catherine said...

WoW~Great shots!!..Love the shots of the bees on the verbena bonarias~has been a favorite for the butterflies & bee's in my garden also!
Catherine

Dirty Knees said...

Nice shots!

shirl said...

Hi again, Robin and Catherine and Hello Dirty Knees :-)

Robin - Thank-you :-) I was very lucky really as I had trouble following both the butterfly and the bee with moving flowers. At one point I almost felt a little seasick! These were new clumps of verbena and I love it too. I plan to leave it in the ground this winter - I really hope it survives as it doesn't seed itself in my garden :-(

Catherine - Thank-you :-) Taking lots of photos as you do I know you'll agree that its great to go out to photography one subject (butterfly) and find another! The bee shots were quite a bonus - I have absolutely no idea how they came anywhere near close in focus! It is wonderful to think that verbena is feeding the butterflies and bees across the world :-)

Dirty Knees - Thank-you :-) They were a challenge to get but I was thrilled with the bee ones! BTW I have just visited your blog and plan to return again! You have quite a collection of plants in your garden :-)

Regina said...

Wow,what a great picture you have.
Love the shot of the bees on the
verbena bonarias.

Regina

shirl said...

Hello, Regina

Thank-you! The bee shots are my favourite too :-)