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Trying To Make It Happen Again, Where are the Butterflies? Summer Heat

By: WeatherWise , 9:06 PM GMT on July 11, 2014

Trying To Make It Happen

Have you ever wished something that happened last year or a few years back could happen all over again just as it did the first time? If wishing could make it happen it surely would. I was thinking about that as I was walking past Finch Hill! Every day as I am going down that hill, I can hardly wait to get past to peer around the bush to see if the little goldfinches have arrived. I am always disappointed when I see they are not there. I named this lady's back hill Finch Hill a few years back. She always had these red and yellow varigated flowers that left lolipop type seed puffs that the little goldfinches love. The first day I discovered them was on after a rain and the hill was full of goldfinches. It was amazing. So everyday after that, I would look for the goldfinches and zoom as hard as I could from the street. Finally one day I asked the lady if she minded me stepping into the yard to get a closer shot. She told me sure, any time. I had a lot of fun shots with the goldfinches on Finch Hill and posted them here on WU. I would love for it to happen again and so would the lady. She continues to plant the flowers and the seed puffs come but seems it is not to be.

The same with my pileated woodpecker experience from last year that I documented on WU with photos daily. I so wanted it to happen again this year. Every day almost since they left, I have walked to woods on the deadend and most of the time took a photo of the pileated nesting hole. This spring I searched and searched from the street for their new nesting tree. I am quite sure they were there but I just could not spot it. I was really disppointed that it did not happen. If wishing would have made it happen, it would have surely happened.

I am almost as bad over the butterflies. For over a month now or longer, I have been checking out all of the butterfly bushes for butterflies. Still no luck. I have found a very few small ones. Today I found a larger of the smaller butterflies but NO bigger butterflies, yet! I even looked back on July 11 of last year and I got photos of the yellow swallowtail. So that makes me wonder even more so as to where the butterflies are! When will they come? Are they going to come? I am still wishing and hoping!

I found a couple of little butterflies by the woods this morning - orange with a black designs. They were quite flighty and would not sit still and pose for me or even stay in same spot.

I found this on a neighborhood butterfly bush - small butterfly.

One more tiny butterfly from the neighborhood butterfly bush.

I think I might see one on my own butterfly bush, so grabbing my camera and running out the door. Be back later, perhaps with a new photo!


Summer Heat
It is almost 7 pm and is still 90. Not sure I want to go out for my late evening walk.

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26. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:17 AM GMT on July 20, 2014
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25. WeatherWise
12:46 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
I lost NU WU for awhile last night and early am today. Just so you know, Old WU is still out there operating perfectly with community updating constantly in the side bar. Just as quickly as I lost it instantly, the same with the switch back over - Instantly with OLD WU never to be seen again like a ghost in the sky.

I made it back to the South Boston/Halifax area yesterday and got many photos of the wonderful scrap iron art sculptures on Bob Cage's Art Sculpture Farm. I will be sharing them in the blog soon.

I also made my visit to the my relative in assisted living there. As we sat outside on a bench, we discovered a quaint little beautiful bird house that she had never spotted before. As we watched, a bluebird mother flew up to feed her babies. There were at least two babies, as in the next shot as she flew off my photo showed one wide open mouth and another closed beak to the side. I just love this beautiful birdhouse. It is just lovely.

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24. WeatherWise
11:43 AM GMT on July 18, 2014
Conditions at 7:45 am Friday
59.6 %uFFFDF
Dew Point:59 %uFFFDFWind:
Calm Wind Gust:3.0 mph
Pressure:30.16 in (Rising)
Visibility:10.0 miles
UV:0 out of 16
Pollen:3.10 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds:Clear -(Above Ground Level)
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23. WeatherWise
6:46 PM GMT on July 17, 2014

Hi YOR, Glad to see you posting. I guess that means you are okay from the typhoon. Hope all family is well. Sounds like you have gotten the photograpy fever if you are out chasing the butterflies. They do tend to flutter about constantly.

Hi Oz, that is a beautiful capture of your pretty butterfly. Looks so silver and glitzy!

Not one butterfly sighting today. There was a flighty little hummingbird type moth zooming around the big bush - the one that is posted here in the blog as a REAL butterfly bush.

I did see the moon early this am. I got out and walked about 7:15 am since I was meeting a friend for breakfast at 9. It was a beautiful cool morning in the high 50s about 58 F. Of course, no butterflies were about that early. I checked the bush around noon when I was out filling the birdfeeders for the squirrels to patrol and empty if you get my drift.

My moon shot:

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22. ozgalah
11:09 PM GMT on July 16, 2014

Hi WW found this butterfly in the butterfly house at Singapore airport, it was a lovely way to spend some time between flights!
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21. YelloworangeRose
10:07 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
HI Shirly,
No big butterfly here either but i see them in different color and size i think the biggest i saw was about 2.5 inches. I see all white, all yellow and some multi colored butterflies hovering around the flowers. My mama and my sister started to notice them and they laugh at me for trying to sneak and take a picture and then the butterfly tease me a lot by flying before i get the pictures and mama laugh and say woah! you're going to get crazy taking them pictures lol.
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20. WeatherWise
6:59 PM GMT on July 16, 2014

brNo Big butterflies, only tiny ones but am happy to see those few.

A Real Butterfly Bush

One year a friend gave me a gift card for a local garden and landscaping center just outside of town. I went out and bought my first butterfly bush. I planted it in a extra large pot. When the fall came, I felt it needed to be planted in the ground. I gave it to my neighbor to plant in the ground. I did that several years. It finally occured to me that it should winter over in the pot since. So now, I have one in the pot that is several years old, now. However, it is nothing like this one.

We are having a cool day today - nice break from the heat of summer.

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19. WeatherWise
7:06 PM GMT on July 15, 2014

Hi Sandi, Yes, MissyMarie id-ed it and another WU friend sent me an email and agreed with MissyMarie and thought perhaps the other two legs were missing. YOUR battle suggestion is most likely the case. Thanks for taking a look and finding the photo. Wish I could have taken a better shot but was moving so fast plus was on concrete so not a great backgound. The extremely long antennae really surprised me.

Quoting misseymarie:

Gives me the chills, I looked it up and it is in the Monochamus Obtusus family, check out Wikipedia, The picture is on the top right hand side, click on the picture to enlarge it.

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18. sandiquiz
4:15 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Hi Shirley, I think your critter might be a type of long horn beetle that has been in the wars.....

A male northeastern sawyer

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17. WeatherWise
2:18 PM GMT on July 15, 2014

What a pretty daylily! Thank you, Sandi!

I found a quite weird creature this am. Never seen a creature like this one before in my area. I found it down the street as I was speaking with a neighbor. He had never seen anything like it. It appears to have huge long extra set of antennae and I am only seeing 4 legs. Any ideas?

A close up cutting off a bit of its long antennae.

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16. sandiquiz
8:22 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
Thanks for bringing your day lily to my blog... so in return, here is my day lily:)

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15. WeatherWise
2:49 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Thanks, Sandi. This is Light Steel Blue #B0C4DE. No, I don't think I would like the black unless you promise to write in white! Hope you are having a great day!

Received Approvers Choice for this little butterfly:

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14. sandiquiz
11:49 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Hi Shirley... glad you got to paint "the blog".... if you check here, you can alter the hex codes to any shade you wish by just changing the code.

Promise you will not use 000000 - lol!

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13. WeatherWise
11:32 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Okay still painted blue but took the italic print out.
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12. WeatherWise
11:25 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
I painted the town blue, thanks to Sandi and somehow looks like I have italic print. I saw your tip over on Barb's blog.
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11. WeatherWise
12:11 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Pros, you ask about my photos out on the blog. I am posting photos. It seems that it is just very few looking at photos or commenting at all. I think it is the way NU WU is set up. With the 3 community activity photos always popping up I was able to see every photo that was popped up online while I was on the WU Photo page. Now, the only way to see a new photo is to refresh. It is kind of like having a big sale or show of great stuff and no one shows up. I feel like I am missing out on seeing a lot of great photos since they took that component away from WU Photo page.

My latest photos: since July 4th

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10. WeatherWise
12:04 PM GMT on July 12, 2014

Hi Sandi, Great to see your post this am. My butterfly bushes are in bloom. My new one that is in a pot has blooms ready to open but not open yet. I can't wait to see how its blossoms are going to look - color wise and shape. It has such nice green foliage. I have never been satisfied with the one I bought last year. It is growing and is pretty but just is not your typical butterfly bush nor did it seem to attract butterflies or bees.

Have a wonderful weekend and may the birds, butterflies, and bees all survive!

We had a beautiful moon rise last night

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9. WeatherWise
11:53 AM GMT on July 12, 2014

Many thanks to Proserpina for identifying the beautiful dinner plate sized hibiscus next door. In all the years I have been posting photos of this flower, no one has identified what type of hibiscus it was. So I was so excited yesterday when she posted on my photo a comment that included the type.

Disco Belle Hibiscus - I looked it up after your post and found info sheet on the Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Pink'

Hi Pros, I am hoping the larger butterflies will show up soon. My neighbor said she saw a large yellow one with stripes yesterday. Sounds like the yellow swallowtail. I surely hope so.

I did not hear about the tornado in Virginia Beach but know I drove through some terribly drenching rains on Friday as I drove down to South Boston and Halifax. I was hoping to find more iron sculptures and visit Bob Cage's farm while down there. However it was pouring rain all the way there, while there and all the way back. I just made my visit to folks at Assisted Living and headed on back home instead.

Don't forget to share your paintings with me.

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8. WeatherWise
11:38 AM GMT on July 12, 2014

Thank you, Briar. I like your way of thinking. YOu are so right Nature brings us a new adventure everyday. We just have to have our ears open and take time to investigate and we might be lucky enough to spot it no matter how small. I had a lot of fun with some tiny butterflies yesterday. What great beauty I found!


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7. sandiquiz
11:35 AM GMT on July 12, 2014
We haven't had many butterflies in the garden so far .... but my butterfly bush is not even in flower yet. I have had lots of bees, so they are increasing, so there is hope for the butterflies:)

Hope you and the camera were successful!
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6. WeatherWise
11:28 AM GMT on July 12, 2014

Hi YOR, You slipped in while I was typing to Calpoppy and Pros. Thanks for stopping by. Such wise words your left me. You are right and I just enjoy being out in nature and what nature appears in my view is a bonus. I saw a bluebird yesterday as I was leaving to go to dinner. Later on my walk after dinner, I spotted the deer even though it was over in the dark woods. Hope all is well with you and that your weather cleared.


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5. Proserpina
11:07 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
My butterfly bush has a few blooms but no butterflies this year, nor last year. No bees either. We do have lots of gnats, mosquitoes, and beautiful Yellow finches, Purple finches (red) too. My Goldfinches like to dine on the seeds of the Blackeyed Susans, luckily I have lots of the Susans. And I provide lots of bird seeds in the birdfeeders as well.

Dreams and wishes, why not. Without dreams it would be a very dull life!

Did you hear about the small tornado that hit Virginia Beach last night? Not nice of mother nature!
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4. BriarCraft
9:46 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
There is a good reason for that unhappy saying, "You can't go back." It is true so many times. You can't go back to that first discovery of Finch Hill. The finches may someday return and it will be grand, but it won't be like that first time. The joy of discovery can happen again and again in different ways, but it can only happen once in each way. The good thing about all that is you get to keep the memories and treasure them. And now, thanks to digital photography, you'll have visual aids to help rekindle those memories for many years to come.

My fond hope is that, in your quest to "make it happen again", you will instead discover something new to fill your days with anticipation and excitement. It's times like those when we feel most alive, and those are the best times of all.

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3. WeatherWise
9:44 PM GMT on July 11, 2014

Hi GG, You win first place! Thanks for dropping by. I agree - those goldfinches are such a birght delight!

From the last blog:
Thanks for stopping by Pros. I have been lamenting about not seeing butterflies, too.

I can't wait to see your painting. Glad you are following your urge. Please share.

Quoting 21. Proserpina:
I thought that I had stopped here last night to say hello. I guess I am mistaken. Enjoyable new blog. As usual, I love the photos particularly the butterfly ones. I have not seen any butterflies to speak of! And only a handful of bees. Sad.

I am about to go paint, I finally have the urge to paint! So hello and see you later, and enjoy your day.
Quoting 20. calpoppy:
That herbal lemonade sounds very, very good! I will have to look up the recipe.
My son and family are really enjoying ECity so far! They said the people there are very friendly and their neighborhood has a very rural feel to it. They have to go by corn and soybean fields to get to it. I am so glad they like it there, so far! The Coast Guard base has put in a lifeguard station at the river beach for families to use. It wasn't there when my son was there before. My grandson has already taken a toddler swim in it :) I am anxious to go see the area, but that won't be for awhile yet

Thanks, Calpoppy, The herbal lemonade was great! Already planning to buy the herbal lemonade bouquet again tomorrow. I am wondering about adding some of my fresh cherries I bought at a roadside stand yesterday. Should add color. Glad your son is happy so far in NC. I did not know he had been stationed there before. Good that they have a safe option for the swimming. Such an important skill for children to learn - swimming. You have an important trip to plan - EAST shore NC. Have a great weekend!
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2. YelloworangeRose
9:34 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Always a wonderful feeling to see again those things that made us happy past years but sometimes some unexpected happens and those things are gone. But Who knows you will find something better this summer? Mother Nature loves to surprise us. Let's cross our fingers and wish.
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1. GardenGrrl
9:12 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Bring on the Gold Finches! Truly one of the most beautiful sights is to spot Gold Finches dining on puffy seed pods. It is in nature that we find the divine self and God.
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