On the Yarrow

For the last few weeks the yarrow has been attracting quite a large variety of insects. This week was no exception and a new visitor we noticed was this small Hoverfly (Eristialis Anthophorina). They have a very bee like appearance that screams don’t mess with me or I will sting you. Mimicry at it’s best.

Milk Weed Portrait

Milk Weed, from bud to flower, posing nicely in the evening sunlight.

Everywhere we look on our daily walk milk weed is springing forth. Most plants have buds just waiting to burst into flower while a few have started their blooms. We all know milkweed is an important flower for the Monarch Butterfly but given its abundance it helps sustain many pollinators both large and small.

Summer is truly upon us…on your mark, get set….go.

 

Along Clear Creek in Denver, CO.

Painted Brush

Painted Brush

Painted brush are just so cool. They are a companion on my yearly wanderings. In spring they are blooming in the deserts and foothills and they follow me along into the high mountains in the peak of summer. So many colors, the fuzz, and the shape, I just might have to post more as the summer progresses as every new photo becomes an old friend.