Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Blooms

My yard has been has been a busy place this week. I've been having lots of visitors. 

Bees are buzzing around the flowers.

Butterflies have been scarce this summer but this week we have seen several more.


The hummers have certainly been a delight to watch. This summer, they have been sitting on a couple of perches near the feeders. 

The perches are just a couple of branches that have been trimmed or broken.  

We are thrilled that they rest their little feet on them. 

This guy has his stare on another hummer getting too chose to the feeder. They are always on guard.

Sometimes they perch on the top of the little branch that sticks up. 

Did you know birds need different shapes and sizes of perches and stands for exercise and foot health?  Plus it gives us more time to snap pics of them! 

Hummingbirds spend a lot of time rotating their wings. They can fly forward, backward, hover, and even up-side down for a short time. Check out the wing positions in the following four snaps.

You can imagine the joy we have watching the hummers!


The cannas continue to provide beautiful color.

Zinnias in the cutting bed.

Crepe Myrtles in our front beds.

Limelight Hydrangea in our front bed.

I am thankful for the many visitors and colorful blooms that surround me. 

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Sundays at Home @ Little Farmstead on Saturday

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays
Camera Critters on Saturday

I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sunday

MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Talk of the Town @ Kick of Time on Tuesday

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop @ Claire Justine

Share Your Style Link Party @ White Arrows Home 

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet


  1. These are beautiful summer scenes that you have shared! Wow! We don't have hummingbirds so I enjoy your photos a lot. Your other photos are so clear and colorful and I can't wait for spring in my world.

    Your post rocks at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

  2. Hello, gorgeous flowers. I love the sweet hummers and the beautiful butterflies. Wishing you a happy day and a great weekend ahead.

  3. What gorgeous nature photos! I tried to take hummingbird photos yesterday, but the little guys would not stay still long enough for me to get a good snap!

  4. ...GREAT captures Judy!

  5. Beautiful photos! We love watching the hummingbirds too. I caught one this week hovering around our flowers on the patio.

  6. Every photo is perfection! I love that butterfly that looks like it could be the center of the yellow flower! And we all love sweet hummers!

  7. Hello, stopping back to say thanks for linking up and sharing your post. I love all the butterflies and hummers! Enjoy your day and weekend!

  8. Hi Judy, I am new following you from Pink Saturday with Beverly. Your photos are lovely. We have had the small huge yellow butterfly all Spring and Summer long. Can't catch it stopping long enough to snap a photo. I sure do love butterflies and beautiful birds and flowers too. Have a great weekend. HUGS

  9. Judy - wonderful shots of all the flowers and the critters that are enjoying them so much. Your slow-motion snaps of the hummingbirds are cool and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the one where he is staring down the competition!

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