Friday, April 30, 2010

Signs of Spring and Viceroy Butterflies.

The month of April has been kind of tough here in Minnesota this year. We have not had snow or cold weather, like is certainly possible here in the frozen north, in fact this year has been quite the opposite with many days already making it up into the 70s. The problem is that even though it feels like the end of May, with warm sunny days, green grass, and leaves on all of the trees it is still just April. So each day I go out expecting to fnd warblers or dragonflies or any of the other things that I like to photograph in May and June but they are not here yet it is just too early.
Things are picking up though. I have spotted a few yellow rump warblers flittering about. Last week I spotted my first dragons of the year, green darners, and I have spotted a couple of tiger swallowtail flying by. These signs mean that soon I will have more subjects to photograph then I know what to do with. Possibly viceroy butterflies like in these pics that I photographed last summer at Eagle Bluff in southern Minnesota. Is anyone else getting impatient like I am?

12 comments:

Denise said...

As always, an interesting and informative post with great photos.

A.M.I.N.A said...

Wonderful shots, as always.

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE these butterflies! I am getting impatient too. We were in the mid 80s yesterday but earlier in the week got as low as 34 - the weather can't seem to make up it's mind.

Gorgeous captures ~~ Look forward to seeing more of these lovlies!!

Snap said...

Just gorgeous ... informative, too ... as always! I saw a butterfly hurry through the yard last week ... he didn't stop. :-(

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

They are so beautiful. I can't wait until they reach here. Valerie

Misty Dawn said...

Yep, I've been doing the exact same thing! We've hit eighties several times already! I'm expecting flowers and bugs... but it's not quite time yet. I'm still jealous that you've already seen dragons.

kirstallcreatures said...

Your pics of last year's viceroy butterflies are really beautiful. Over here in Leeds, UK it hasn't really warmed up yet (in terms of UK weather that is!), so far Ive spotted 6 varities of butterfly locally, no dragonflies or damselflies yet. But I think the feeling of anticipation for the wonders that are yet to come is obviously a common bond. Best wishes, Linda

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are so pretty!

Tracy said...

I just saw a Viceroy yesterday in west Bloomington (MN), so keep your eyes peeled - they're here!

LadyFi said...

Gorgeous butterflies!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous butterflies!

Douglas Brown said...

I'm enjoying the images I see of spring, and these get me pumped for the days to come.