It's late summer and the Queen Anne's Lace is decorating the country roads and the prairie plantings on campus, white lace-like doilies, made up of hundreds of white flowerets -- and a single rose - wine red floweret in the center. And occasionally, a variation -- I discovered one plant near the railway with pink stems and leaves, pink buds opening to a white bloom, then folding up into a reddish seed head.
After finding and leaving numerous black swallowtail caterpillars on my parsley and dill, a few weeks ago I brought four of them in on my porch, feeding them with dill until they went into chrysalis. Interesting to watch the similarities and differences with the monarchs. We had three females (blue spots) and one male (yellow spots) successfully emerge -- though the last one took off just an hour before a major downpour. I hope she found a refuge!
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"