Well, our company won't be here until later in the day but I finally caught some flying visitors with my camera. I'm always jumping up and running outside with my camera when I see butterflies or dragonflies, which of course are usually gone by the time I get outside.
There have been a pair of dragonflies in our front yard everyday now, occasionally I find them above the pond too. I've waited and waited for them to land and they never do. A couple of days ago one by the pond would hover about a foot away from my face, then zoom off around me. It actually started to freak me out a little. I would try and take it's picture as it looked me in the eye but could never catch more than a blur.
Yesterday I finally had some luck.
This is one of the dragonflies stopping for a very quick rest on the butterfly bush. It waited long enough for one shot.
The other one posed a bit longer and I was able to get this nice shot with the blue sky behind it.
This little Skipper kept returning to the Echinacea. Until I started reading blogs I thought these were moths. I remember being a little kid in Southern California how my friends and I would pick them up by their wings. We would look at them and let them go.
Back again, this time you can see his tongue or proboscis sipping the nectar.
I was watching this guy busy sipping, when suddenly it gets a big surprise...
In the last few days I've seen lots of Cabbage white butterflies and a few Swallowtails and Painted Ladies. None of which were in the butterfly garden that is now in full bloom. I keep waiting to see several landing at once, but it sounds like many bloggers are noticing less butterflies this year.