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Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Streak of Luck

I was out enjoying a few moments of sunshine without suffering the usual accompanying heat, when I noticed this little fella working over the somewhat wind and rain battered blooms out back.  A Strymon melinus, or Gray hairstreak butterfly.  Frankly, I was quite smitten.









8 comments:

Tina said...

Those are stunning photographs! I'm so impressed the your patience and the butterfly's beauty!

TexasDeb said...

Tina: Thanks, but all credit goes to the hairstreak. It flitted from flower to flower a bit, but stayed in one place long enough I could get a few good shots. You should have seen (or actually can thank me you didn't have to!) all the shots I chose to throw out.

Debra said...

That shot with the open wings is absolutely spectacular. You caught colors I didn't even know it had.
(((( mad applause ))))

TexasDeb said...

Debra: Thenk yew, thenk yew veddy motch!

dryheatblog said...

Those are amazing shots - I've admired grayish butterflies like that at my old home, but never got a pic. And glad to lend you a taste of sun ad warmth without as much humidity - at least a few times!

TexasDeb said...

DHB: Thanks David - it IS nice to have some sun without it being stultifyingly hot or humid either one (plenty of that on its way...).

Steph@RamblingWren said...

So gorgeous! Love how you captured the color on the inside of the wings.

TexasDeb said...

Steph - thank you! It was all because of the butterfly's behaviors. This type was prone to sit and pose while others (I'm looking at you, pipevines!) are so flutter-aroundy they are hard to capture with my simple set up.