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I think, beside the stone wall [or brick], this is my favorite kind of fencing!! It has such an 'old west' feel which I like. The split rail fence:

linking to Good Fences



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...a new dawn, a new day
We finally got a good rainstorm [great amount anyway] this week!! But, along with the rains came high winds and a lot of lightening. And with the lightening came a bit of drama on the freeway that heads out to the beach/or back into town depending on the direction driving of course...anyway, lightening struck a power pole and toppled it ---it fell--- right on the freeway [six lanes -3 each direction] and crossed onto the other side of the freeway, closing down the system for hours!!! What a chaotic traffic jam. Luckily the accident happened early in the morning hours BEFORE rush hour and as far as I know, no one was injured or worse. And my 'home' state of Colorado...one area was hit with 18" of snow over the past weekend. hehehehehe, I'm glad to not live there any more.




Often when walking in heavy, wooded, parks in town, I've noticed and tried chasing down this particular butterfly to get a photo of it without success. Until recently. After I did get a photo of it, I didn't know the species, so, had to do a Google Search, and came up with its kind. The blue and black wings always attracted me. Seldom do I see anything but the Queen monarch and the yellow tiger swallowtail. I also read that the blue segments/wings have orange dots on the underside. My photos that I took I purposely waited for the wings to be open fully, so that point isn't seen here. The body on this particular butterfly is two-toned as the wings!! You can read about them more, here. This, in all its glory, is the Pipeline Swallowtail:

...the small range map, at the beginning of my post section,  shows you where the Pipeline Swallowtail can be found.



From the park, in the nearby area, in a backyard of the conservatory, I spied a beautiful water lily in the koi pond. It was just beginning to open and the reflection of the blossom was seen faintly on the water --


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  1. Such beautiful pics!!! have a grand day! Cathy

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  2. 18 inches of snow? Yikes!
    That butterfly is just gorgeous! I've never seen that variety.

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    1. ...by the habitat map shown, they don't go up into Michigan.

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  3. Hello Anni, I like the split rail fences too. I see them in my neighborhood too. The water lily is gorgeous! So glad you had some rain there! Beautiful butterfly shot! Have a happy day!

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    1. ...I'm happy to have rain also. Hoping we get more again, soon.

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  4. HI Anni Glad no one was injured when the pole came down and it is amazing that anyone is STILL getting snow. Anyway, i love the weathered fence, the beautiful butterfly and the reflection of the Water Liliy

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  5. Love the split rail fence. I have seen this butterfly on our Buddleia bushes. I have taken several pictures, but they have all had ragged wings. This one is perfect. Lucky you!

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    1. ...I've chased these around all season when I first spotted them, finally getting a photo!

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  6. I love that pretty butterfly, but the opening water lily is spectacular! :-)

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    1. ...I loved the soft, delicate color of the lily!!

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  7. Anni the butterfly is gorgeous and we thank you for using your leg power to find it.
    hugs madi and mom

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    1. ...finding it wasn't difficult, it's trying to get a good photo before it flew off that's a challenge. Glad you enjoyed the image M&M

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  8. Wow, that lightning incidence was kinda scary. Enjoyed your fence today!

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  9. I love split rail fences. They are simple and functional (except for pets). The butterfly and water lily are gorgeous captures.

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  10. gorgeous butterfly! wow! that traffic snarl sounded awful. i love that style of fence, too! thanks for linking in! and your comment made me laugh - had to look up that last word you used in that sentence, though. :)

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    1. LOL...glad you enjoyed my comment. Seriously tho, what I wanted to leave for you in words, someone 'stole' from me beforehand....and you know who. lol

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  11. I heard about that snow on the news ... I would rather not think about it. Our weather is crazy, but not that crazy. I love how you cover all of your meme posts in one full swoop. I love them all and especially the butterfly which appears to be located just south of where I might see it. I have been a butterfly buff all of my life and this was a new one for me ... very exciting. Sure glad you got some badly needed rain. Unfortunately you have to take the bad with the good and a falling power line pole across a 6 lane express way qualifies as a "bad". We are having flooding in some areas up here which is another "bad". So far no flooding on my home front, thankfully. Your pictures and comments are always a joy for me. Hope you have a wonderful week Hootin' Annie. We are all over due for some good times ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea....I always love, and enjoy, every word you leave for me in the comment box. You're always so sweet and kind. Thank you.

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  12. Sitting on the fence as to which photo I like best

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  13. All beautiful images! We have friends who were in CO on vacation and got caught in that snow storm. They were amazed they were shoveling snow in May!

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    1. I know...snow is the main reason we left Colorado for the subtropics. Of course there is always the possibility of having to shovel WATER from flooding here, I guess.

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  14. That's always been my favourite type of fence; as a child, only the best of the best could walk those without them twisting and tossing you on the ground!

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    1. Walking on the fences? I'd be the first to twist an ankle to be sure.

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  15. Beautiful photos, Anni. I like the split rail fence too.

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  16. I agree Anni, I like the rail fences.

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    1. ...there is just something about split rail I like.

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    2. I forgot to add how beautiful your butterfly photo is.

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  17. gorgeous butterfly and lily captures. I like the rustic split rail fences too.

    Felicia

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  18. Beautiful fences - love it! The butterfly is gorgeous. Always enjoy your posts!

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    1. ...thanks Karin!! I'm so glad you stopped by...it's been a while.

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  19. Fence add a nice touch but I find gates more interesting.
    Looks like rain coming this way for the weekend.
    Coffee is on

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    1. ...much needed here, we need MORE rain.

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  20. Split-rail is one of my favorites, too!

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    1. ...seems to be a favorite of a lot of us bloggers.

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  21. someone else did a post on split rail fences just recently. I do love the look of them.
    That is one gorgeous butterfly

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    1. Ann? Your blogger link takes me to an empty page with no blog link...so, I'll just thank you here in a reply comment.

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  22. Beautiful images. I especially like the butterfly shot.

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  23. Lightning is exciting to see. We are having some here as I write. I haven't seen a single butterfly this year so yours is filling that need. It is a beautiful photo.

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  24. Gosh, I'm glad no one was injured on the highway. Yikes! Glad for the rain you received, tho. Beautiful butterfly, and that split-rail fence is gorgeous. I love those, too.

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    1. ...I, at least, never HEARD of any injuries. Who knows.

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  25. I don't know which is worse shoveling snow in the cold or trying to not die of heat. Of course I have never had to shovel snow. Your photos are lovely as usual.

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    1. ...cold, aching back, wet, slick, heavy....I'll take heat.

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  26. Wonderful post with such an interesting variety of sights. I liked them all, but think that is neat with your name on it.

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  27. The swallowtail is gorgeous, I have never seen one like this. I love your cute little owl and his shadow!

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  28. You take the neatest photos. This Pipeline Swallowtail is a beauty. Still loving the pigeon reflection on your windshield from last week. We got rain, too. One caller who rang the doorbell had to climb over a fallen branch to get to the doorbell. PS Like what you're reading.

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    1. ...we Texans need MORE rain in my opinion...far too long a drought.

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  29. Omnious sky shot for SWF ~ beauteous ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  30. I love that same type of fence, too, for exactly the same reason. I don't see too many of them around, but I'm glad when we do pass one. As always, WONDERFUL pictures!

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    1. No, you don't...but in Texas there are way too many ranches, and the cost would be extraordinary compared to barbed wire or the likes.

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  31. Thank your for sharing your engaging pictures!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  32. Now I finally know what this kind of fence is called! We have a lot of them around here.

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  33. Such beautiful captures, Anni!! The butterfly is exquisite, the fence is perfect for the day, I love the water lily and what great, stormy skies!! Terrific! Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely weekend!!

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  34. I love that butterfly. And yes, we got about 7" of Mother's Day snow, and had to drive to Denver in it, with the interstate closed both ways!

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    1. Oh I remember those days with the interstate closed....it's not fun...and having to go down #287 isn't a fun detour either!

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  35. I love the colors in your photos today. Oh my goodness, that butterfly is gorgeous!

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  36. It's one of my favorites too, and we have it in a few places right on our property too! I sure wish that spring would just take over, this winter blasts every other day or week is getting so old. Frost warning for us again tonight. Just so sad.

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    1. ...this past cold few months sure has taken a long time to go away!!

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  37. Wonderful old fence....oh.that butterfly !! and waterlily with reflection..beautiful photos.

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  38. Yes, Annie - two feet of snow over last weekend and another 5-6 today (but, who's counting...) Thank goodness I have you to post butterflies, blooms, and birds!

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    1. ...I try my hardest to keep you warm at heart while you're basking in the sunlight on the snowbanks!! lol

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  39. Beautiful photo's, you made me laugh about the snow. Love that gorgeous butterfly, have a great weekend.

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    1. ...thanks Karen...have a great weekend yourself.

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  40. Wow on the sky shot and all the other shots!

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  41. What a gorgeous butterfly. We don't get blue ones this far south unfortunately. An unknown butterfly I always try to get a shot from hove and one with folded wings for double checking.
    Love your sky that looks like waves rolling in on a stormy sea.

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    1. ...those clouds do look like rolling sea foam now that you mention it.

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  42. Nice fence, great sky. I admire your patience in getting the butterfly photo and tracking down the id.

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    1. I love the blue...had to get a photo. lol

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  43. Wow --on that butterfly... I've never seen that one. Gorgeous...

    I also love Water Lilies too... We always enjoy seeing them in August at the Biltmore.

    We got some nice rain here last night also--and we needed it. But--it's gotten cold today!!!

    I am still on the mend from my surgery ---and being impatient, I cannot wait to feel like ME again.

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  44. Beautiful photos, but the butterfly stole the show!!

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    1. ...thanks....glad you enjoyed the blue 'flyer'.

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  45. Split rail fence is one of my favorites. Glad that you got some rain. The droughts are getting serious in our country.

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    1. Yes, when our reservoirs empty out to nearly 10% capacity, it IS serious.

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  46. That is a stunning butterfly! Thanks for stopping in and your nice comment on Rievaulx Abbey.

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    1. ...thank YOU for sharing such a treasure of the past.

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  47. Nice selection of shots here. I agree split rail fences are cool looking.
    That's quite the fierce looking sky. Glad you got rain and thankful no one was hurt with that down power pole and line. That could have gotten really scary.
    Such a pretty butterfly. Sadly we don't have those in our area.

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  48. Hello Anni. I am late in visiting tonight and just put up a new post. Been kind of hectic around here and it has been a rainy week here with a lot cooler temperatures as well. I love the rail fence. Wish I had one cause I would add some white lights to it at Christmas time. The water lily is just gorgeous. Don't think we have any around here in my area. There may be some up in the hills here in Arkansas tho. I've never seen a butterfly like that around here either. Glad you got some rain but I bet the storm was scary tho. As you probably heard, not long ago, Arkansas had a couple of tornados that did some awful damage to a couple of towns. Those towns were probably about 3-4 hours from me. Take care my friend and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Karen H.

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  49. My favorite fence is a white picket....but for rustic, you can't beat an olden rail fence.
    So glad ya'll got rain...we are still dry as a bone but praying for rain every day.
    xo bj

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    1. ...just hope we'll get some more sooner than later!!

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  50. Wonderful pictures for the each links♡♡♡ I was stunned and amazed by your gorgeous butterfly☆☆☆

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. thanks Miyako...hugs right back at you....from Texas!

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  51. The butterfly is such a pretty one!

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    1. I agree...that's why I've been chasing them to get a good photo for so long. lol

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  52. Love that waterlily shot - it is a gorgeous photo. Great for this week's photo hunt.

    Have a super weekend.

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  53. A great series of photos! So beautiful... I can´t decide which I like most!

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  54. especially lovely like always

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  55. Came from critter meme.
    The butterfly is very lovely. Enjoying your other shots, Anni.

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  56. I like wood fences too especially the natural ones. I had to look hard but saw that reflection of the lily bloom which is very pretty.

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    1. ...funny, I saw it right away. Of course a camera sometimes doesn't do the 'real thing' justice.

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  57. OMG I absolutely love the butterfly!!!! #cameracritters

    http://naturalbeautism.blogspot.com/2014/05/atkins-pickle-fest-2014.html

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  58. NO water flowers are in bloom now. Still pretty chili for much action. Waiting for turtle to sun them self on log.
    Play photo hunt and coffee is on

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    1. ...all too soon, I think, everyone will be waiting for Fall after a long hot summer.

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  59. A wonderful post, it's great to find out a species, especially insects can be a hard work. Beautiful photo of the water lilly.

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  60. I like that sky - glad you got some rain. I know what its like to be too dry.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Sometime soon, I DO HOPE the drought will break. Thanks Stewart

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  61. Love the water lily. So serene and calm...

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  62. I love both the butterfly and the waterlily.

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  63. I love the butterfly and the lotus blossom! So glad no one was hurt with power line/pole!

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  64. Such a pretty colorful joyful series. Love the butterfly (as good as your bird shots -- you are so quick with that camera... I almost never can catch butterflies). And the sky bringing needed rain ... interesting photo and happy thought.

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  65. Too bad I can't send some of the rain we've been getting to you. We certainly don't need much more!

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  66. Split rail is a classic. Pretty butterfly!

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  67. Hi Anni, great post. We needed the rain and some more to get out of this drought. Nice shots too and I love the pipevine swallowtail.

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  68. I'm glad no one was hurt when the pole toppled too.

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  69. I like the "old west" fencing too, although here in Singapore, we don't see it. We have lots of water lilies in our parks :)

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  70. That butterfly is so pretty! So glad no one was hurt.

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    1. I think so too...I've only seen a 'blue' butterfly here in TX, so I was determined to get a photo. lol

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  71. I love the waterlilies and the pretty butterfly. Gorgeous photos! I am catching up after being away, thank you for linking up to my critter party.. Have a happy day!

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