“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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The Four B's...

...birds, blossoms, and butterflies...

And ALL beautiful!!!




Hairy Clematis and  form of Tickseed
Purple Duranta bush with Queen Butterfly  and Thistle with Cabbage White butterfly


Snowy Egret in Breeding Colors and Grackle
Red Salvia with Eastern Black Swallowtail - Thistle blossom


Passion Flower Bud & Blossom
Coneflower [also called Sombrero] and Hearts & Flowers


Butterfly Bush and Mexican Hat


Wild Poinsettia and Buttonbush



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The Fourth B is Birthday...Yep, the last birthday for the year in our immediate family...Erik, our son,  will be 45 on the 19th!!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIK.

26 comments :

  1. I am trying to pick a favorite of all these stunning flower photos, and I choose the top left in first collage only because I have never seen one of those. your photos are always amazing. I love the flying flowers to, which is what I call butterflies.

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    1. Those 'purple bells' [clematis] are very pretty when the fields is full of their blossoms.

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  2. Hello Anni, what a lovely post! Gorgeous blooms, butterflies and birds! Happy birthday to your son! Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks so much Eileen. Hope your computer woes are mended sooner than later.

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  3. As always, your pretty flowers and pictures make me smile. Your four B's are fun and delightful. I especially like that butterfly bush since we don't have it around here. :-)

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    1. They DO attract butterflies! And as always, thanks D J

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  4. Another series of beauties! Thank you.

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  5. Our sons are about the same age. I am in LOVE with your pictures! They are like looking through a National Geographic magazine. So much I have not seen before! Now I know what a wild poinsettia looks like! The Buttonbush looks like a pin cushion with lots of pins stuck in. We have a lot of Clematis around here, but I have never seen this hairy! Does it stay in the bell shape? I have been trying to find a real lve Passion flower for years! I have only seen them in pictures.

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    1. Yes it does resemble a pin cushion, I so agree with you. I've thought the very same all along. As for the passion flower, I warn you if you are planning on planting one...the vine can be VERY invasive! And yes, the hairy clematis does remain bell-shaped.

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  6. Hello Anni!:) Lovely to see you again, and what a captivating treat for the eyes, with so many colourful images. Great Snowy Egret and Grackle captures, and I love all the beautiful flower and butterfly captures,... especially the red Salvia, with the Eastern Swallowtail showing it's decorative underwings, and the perfectly shaped bell flower in your first image. Just gorgeous, every single one!:)

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    1. I am happy to see you again! Thank you so much for the compliments.

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  7. The flowers are all so pretty.
    Happy birthday to your son

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  8. Happy Birthday to Erik! Lovely photos!

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  9. Beautiful sets of pictures. Many of the things you show,I have only seen in photos, but I do enjoy them a lot.

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    1. Thanks...glad you enjoyed this post today Ruth.

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  10. So beautiful! Happy Birthday to Erik!

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  11. As always a wonderful set of photos to drool over! How you get all these close up amazes me so much! I love the Egret and the butterflies.

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    1. Close up images are from my zoom lens! :-) Thanks Nora

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  12. Beautiful flowers Anni. I was wondering where the fourth B came in, happy birthday to your son.

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  13. Beautiful flowers....I just seen that last one for the first time in the past few years.

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    1. It definitely is an unusual fliwer.

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