Our Butterfly Bush earned its name today. It was bustling with Tiger Swallowtails, Cabbage Whites, Clouded Sulphurs, Greater Fritillaries... They didn't stay still long enough for me to get a really good photograph. How glorious to see the frenzy of feeding, the bursts of color in motion, the dancing of mating pairs. Paris, Virginia in mid-summer when the humidity is low and the sky is crisp and blue... This is the sort of day that makes me love my home.
My butterfly earrings were far more cooperative than the living butterflies. When I hung them on an inflorescence, they just dangled there. My daughter Kathe made this pair of Monarch Butterflies for me some years back when I taught about them very year.
Tonight, my husband John and I will take flight for Paris, France. From Paris to Paris.