Butterflies on a Coneflower

June 16th, 2010

I don’t always carry my camera around with me when I am working in my garden.

There are days when I pull weeds, fertilize, water, harvest and just generally

stare at the plants in my garden without a single thought of cyberspace.

But every once in a while I will have my camera with me and something will happen that is actually worth photographing.

A frog will leap, a praying mantis will become an atheist, a heron will pause for a shore lunch at the pond, or maybe…


a butterfly will land.

And perch in the center of a Tiki Torch Coneflower….

So that along with blurry photos of humping cucumber beetles, muddy tomato labels and half eaten eggplant,

there is also the occasional pretty picture of a butterfly on a flower.

Possibly making all the manure caked effort worthwhile.


  • Just beautiful shots!!! Pays to have that camera with you at all times

  • Amy:

    You’re just posting these because PW is having a bug photo assignment, aren’t you! ;)

  • Tracy:

    Beautiful coneflowers! I’ve not seen that color before, but it’s lovely.

  • susan:

    The color! absolutely beatiful Rechelle.

  • Very nice.
    Very peaceful.


  • Jenny:

    Beautiful pics! I also love those coneflowers. If any turn up missing I’m sure it’s just some furry, four-legged creature digging around in your garden. Just because I happen to have something “similar” pop up in my garden around the same time doesn’t mean a thing.

  • LucyJoy:

    Beautifully serene pictures, Rechelle. Thanks for sharing them!

  • Gorgeous photo’s!! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  • CilleyGirl:

    Can’t tell you how happy I am that you didn’t once (or a billion times) mention the word “bokeh.”

  • Wow, those are great photos of the butterfly and the flowers too.

  • Great pictures! Totally worth you sticking your arm in loose stool & having bad baby diarrhea all over you! (Notice I said “your” arm & all over “you” – I’m not saying it would be worth it to me, but then again, I’m not the Queen of Putrescence!)

  • Another Lee:

    Don’t all praying mantisses become atheists right about the time they bite off their mate’s head?

    Lovely, lovely photos. I myself have approximately several hundred photos of coneflowers on my storage drive as they are my favorite!

  • You’ve seen the NatGeo photo of the praying mantis that nabbed a hummingbird, right? Fascinating.

    Lovely photos.