Saturday, April 21, 2012

Celebrating Earth Day

Monarch Butterfly


Today I'm celebrating Earth Day.
Last year there were no butterflies in my garden.
I blame the horrible drought.





Monarch Butterfly Mosaic


But this year, this fellow came to visit.
I had to take his portrait shooting through the patio doors.
Good thing they were sort of clean.


Monarch Mosaic


Isn't he handsome?
I'm so glad he liked the zinnia.


Mosaic of Monarch Butterfly

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day?
I'm going to walk to Reckling Park and watch a college baseball game.
I'm going to make my walk a treasure hunt.
I'll make it up as I go along!


Monarch Butterfly


Did you know that one person taking a shorter shower could save 20 gallons of clean drinking water?
Just think, if thousands of people did the same the gallons would really add up.
It's the little things.

Thank you to:

Wishing YOU well and much joy!





58 comments:

LDH said...

Awesome photos!!!

Sherry said...

The beauty of nature and I always appreciate how long a butterfly will stay in one place -- usually long enough for us to enjoy the beauty.

I'm certainly saving water this Earth Day with no fully functioning bathroom -- no showers to be had for 2 weeks. And with all of us at home now (guys home from school) that's a lot of water saved!

edenhills said...

Beautiful series of photos! Hope you have a wonderful Earth Day. I do believe if my son took shorter showers, he could save 40 gallons of clean drinking water.

Cezar and Léia said...

Your pictures are perfect and I love the collage, very artistic compositions!
Cheers to Earth Day!
hugs and purrs
a nice weekend for you!
Léia and little LUNA

Birdwoman said...

Beautiful Monarch pictures. I've had a steady stream of these beauties through my garden this spring, very unlike last year.

What better way to celebrate a special day than by watching a baseball game? Happy Earth Day!

Judy Bigg said...

I always like to see butterflies captured on flowers. Beautiful job.

Ruth Kelly said...

I didn't know it was earth day. Good thing I am reading blogs.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your photos are fabulous! Awesome! Thank you for your lovely and kind visit to me. Happy Earth Day.
FABBY

Irene said...

Your windows are more than clean, they reflect a wonderful site. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Pondside said...

Exquisite!
Yes, it's the little things that, when gathered together, make a huge impact - and we're all capable of doing these little things.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

It was very thoughtful of this lovely creature to pose for you and you captured his colors and delicacy so well! Happy Earth Day. Linda

Marigene said...

Great shots of the Monarch!

Marlis said...

Beautiful photos of the butterfly. Happy Earth Day! How was your walk? xo marlis

Mary said...

Gorgeous photos & mosaics Snap! I can't believe what wonderful photos those are shot thru the glass! Happy Earth Day :)

sarah said...

Hi Snap
I also think we have to save water. We take a bath instead of shower everyday. So I use the rest of bath water for washing.
We have to save electricity,too. After 3.11.rately all nuclear power plants were stopped.So during hot summer electric power may run short.
Cheers to Erath Day.

Jacoba said...

Wonderful you caught him this way!
It is Google that reminded me of Earth Day, I just did not know anything about this. So I have been celebrating it by reading on this on my computer.
Happy Sunday!
Jacoba

Pat's Pink Apron said...

You did a fabulous job of photographing that beautiful butterfly. What a beauty. I love all the Mosaics.
Happy Earth Day!!!
Pat

Custom Comforts said...

That fellow sure is handsome. I haven't seen any butterflies here yet, probably still too cold at night.
Great photos. One would never know you took them through a door.
Cindy

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Spectacular photos Snap, we just saw our first few flutterbyes too! xox

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your photos are so Beautiful of the Butterflies Wow. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Earth Day Tablescape. Hope you and your family have a wonderful week coming up.
XXOO Diane

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post and beautiful butterflies. Happy Earth Day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What amazing photos! My hubby and I tried taking photos of butterflies and they were all blurry. We need to learn how! Hugs!

PAT said...

The butterflies are beautiful! Wonderful mosaics!

podso said...

Amazing photos! Love the way you made your mosaic.

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Wow! This is my first visit to your blog and I love it :)
I love who you are (from what I read here), find your crochet so playful and your photos are fantastic.
So glad to meet you!
Hope you've had a lovely Earth Day.
Running to see your Pinterest boards.

Lavender Cottage said...

I'm glad the butterflies have returned to you, and you got some awesome shots of your visitor.
Your comments on saving water during showers made me think of a sign I saw back in school days - 'save water, shower with a buddy'. :-)
Judith

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Pretty butterfly and zinnia...pictures of things to come! Earth day is also my husbands birthday so we have lots of celebrating to do!

PrairieJill said...

He definitely is handsome! Gorgeous images and mosaics.

Robin said...

What beaufiful butterfly pictures. I have the worse luck whenever I try to photograph one. I'm guessing you have a nice camera where I have a $75 point and shoot and hope for the best! I would love to be able to take a walk and watch a college baseball game (I'm a BIG baseball fan!).

Robin
Robin Flies South

Rajesh said...

Beautiful set of images.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous shots. Very well done. V

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Snap!
Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.
~Clara

Carol said...

Fabulous photo's, Snap! How nice you got such a lovely visitor :) Happy Earth Day!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, those are fantastic shots. Glad the butterflies have returned to your garden.

allisamazing said...

What amazing pictures! I love butterflies and these pictures are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am now your newest follower :)

Heather said...

Amazing pictures. I take alot of photos of my birds through the kitchen window too.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a beautiful butterfly, Snap, and his visit seemed to be a nice long one! We are having much needed rain today. Conserving water is so important everywhere!

Meri said...

It seems the butterfly is dancing with the flower. What lovely shots!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Oh, your butterfly photographs are stunning.

We finally have rain yesterday and today. It has been so dry here.

Well, have a beautiful day.

Karen

Janet said...

Your butterfly pictures are amazing! I hope you had a good time at the ball game.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so happy to see a monarch!

Antonette said...

Excellent clarity and color. Just beautiful!

Gary said...

Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

You have captured nature in all its beauty -- an exquisite flower and the most gorgeous butterfly that I've seen in a while! Absolutely breathtaking photos, Snap!! Thanks for the reminder of the sometimes simple ways we can help save our world and our planet!

Sylvia

Robert Geiss said...

wonderful wonderful wonderful

Naturegirl said...

Ethereal beauty. So perfect!
Happy Earth week!
Turning off the tap when brushing teeth also saves a lot of precious water!

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the butterfly. Happy Earth Day!

Al said...

Beautiful shots, it's great that the butterflies are back.

Indrani said...

Lovely captures. And yes, we each of us must cooperate.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beauty in nature even captured from the other side of glass can be beautiful, and your images turned out wonderfully well~

Ebie said...

Happy Earth Day! Such a graceful monarch.

How did I celebrate? We went to the Los Angeles River and we saw a few homeless and all the trash along the banks.

Next week will be clean up time for the group, Friends of the LA River.

Cassie looks so cute in your other post!

Marie said...

Great post! Beautiful photos! Glad the butterfly came to visit!

I live in the desert, and am reclaiming rainwater, and also grey water.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful nature for Earth's Day! Nothing prettier than butterfly and flower!

Anne Payne said...

WOW! Those are extraordinary photos! Butterflies are one of God's most beautiful and delicate creations :) I used to have a bush in the yard that they congregated on and my neighbor said it was called a butterfly bush, but I could never find it in any plant book and it didn't look like the ones on the internet. It has since died and now we hardly ever see any butterflies :(

Jill Harrison said...

we should all cherish and nurture and look after the beautiful world around us.
Wonderful images.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog on Monday - I am a little slow in responding - but it was great to hear from you.
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful pictures, just a perfect contrast of colors -- love these. And great Earth Day thoughts -- of course perfect any day of the year -- they should all be earth days anyhow!

NatureFootstep said...

celebrating Earth day with gorgeous butterfly seems like a good idéa. :)

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