Count Me Among The Fortunate

Edwards Hairstreak Butterflies on Butterflyweed photographed by Jeff Zablow at Lynx Prairie, Ohio

Don’t we occasionally need to be reminded how fortunate we are? I had one of those epiphanies that morning when I entered that meadow in the Lynx Prairie Reserve in Adams County, Ohio.

Look and see what I saw. A trio of totally fresh Edwards Hairstreak butterflies, enjoying the rich nectar of just as fresh Butterflyweed blooms. Three gorgeous hairstreaks, they only yards away from the forest border and their hostplants there, Bear Oaks.

I shot away, copping this image, me the entire time thinking: How happy I was at that time, counting myself among the fortunate. There are perhaps 193,509,227 people living east of the Mississippi River. How many of them have ever seen this, as I did, in that meadow, just a handful of miles form the Kentucky border?

Jeff

Happy Mother’s Day – May 13, 2018

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Happy Mother’s Day this May 13, 2018!

Our Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly here is enjoying the healthy nectar from Butterflyweed blooms.

That small birdstruck tear in her right forewing? What mother didn’t sacrifice to insure that we were safe, happy and prepared for all that we will confront?

Indifferent to her stunning beauty, she is all about preparing for her life’s work, just as we saw our mothers do.

Jeff