Thursday, August 30, 2007

Even More Butterflies

Today was a lovely day. Made up for the past week.

When I left the house, it was in the upper 50's and it was a joy to be out and about.

Branched Oak Lake was the destination of choice this morning. I was about ready to leave one area of the park and move on to another one, when I noticed a graveled area that seemed to have a couple of butterflies fluttering about. So I ambled over to see what I could see. What I saw was one of those extraordinary sights that you come upon from time to time. There were a couple of trees, maple I believe, and they must have been oozing sap. The trunk and some of the branches had numerous butterflies, wasps, and flies.

The vast majority of the butterflies were Hackberry Emperors

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There were also several Red-spotted Purples

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And several Eastern Commas. They all seemed to be rather tattered.

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None of my group photos of these butterflies turned out very well (the lighting was really tricky).

I paid a visit to my mid 90's mother this afternoon who has mild dementia. It was a pleasant visit. Anyone who has dealt with someone with dementia knows there are pleasant times, and not so pleasant times. One has to be thankful for pleasant times.

As I said, a lovely day!

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