Sunday, 14 September 2014

We have sunshine, blue skies and a warm breeze.  Seems that summer is hanging on by the fingernails, but autumn is definitely banging at the door.

I came across these photos from earlier in the summer in dad's garden, that I don't think I've put up before.

A lovely male Pheasant.

Peacock Butterfly on the Buddleia, also called a Butterfly Bush.

A bit closer shot.


 Two Doves tucking in to the seed on the bid table.

I think this caterpillar turns into a large Moth.  The photo doesn't show just how colourful it was.  It had a fair bit of pink on it's back.

This is what it will grow into.

Starlings getting bugs of some kind out of the grass.

Well I hope you are having a lovely weekend and the week ahead is a good one for you.


  1. Hi, Sue! Thank you for sharing these incredible photos of nature and wild life we find in our yards and extended gardens. The pheasant is gorgeous! We do not have those in our area, though we do have quail and beautiful large birds from "garden variety" to more exotic herons, cranes and egrets. The caterpillar is beautiful! My butterfly plants did not do very well this summer - usually they are the easiest of annuals to grow, but not this year. I think it might have been too hot and humid. Thanks again for sharing the beautiful photos!

  2. I would love to have a pheasant in my yard, Sue! What a great treat. those caterpillar, birds, butterflies etc are VERY worthy of notice, and are so often overlooked aren't they!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. How wonderful that you are having some lingering summer weather, Sue! I enjoyed all your photos! Do you have tomatoes in the garden? The caterpillar looks like what we call a "tomato hornworm" here (see that horn on one end?) and they really do tremendous damage to the tomato plants. The butterfly, on the other hand, is not one I'm familiar with and it's stunning!! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Donna, Dad's Butterfly bushes didn't have so many flowers this year, so the weather has definitely had a hand in that. Sadly it meant we didn't see many butterflies.

    Hazel, Not sure what Fleur and Power would think if they saw a Pheasant:)

    Darnell, They are forecasting temps going up, so think summer intends on going out with a bang:)

    Apparently that caterpillar turns into a Privet Hawk Moth. I've added a photo of the Moth to this blog post. No dad's doesn't have any tomatos in the garden.

  5. Wow - what a great post!! Great photography!

  6. Gary, Thank you.

  7. We saw one of those caterpillars the other day, thanks for the insight as to what it would change into. BJ

  8. BJ, The first time we found one of those caterpillars, it fell out of the lilac tree onto dad's back as he worked under it. I was helping him and saw it drop. made scream:)


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