Barred Yellow Playing

Barred Yellow butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Harris Neck State Park, GA

We were having a wonderful 5 days at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Georgia. So many butterflies, ‘gators, egrets, storks, rails, hawks, bees, wasps, beetles . . . and that never to be forgotten morning when on the Woody Pond trail, just 4 feet from the pond edge, SUDDENLY, without warning, an alligator, sounding like it was 20 feet in length, ROARED!! Immediately, a chorus of ‘gators all roared together. I will not ever forget that, as if I entered a Brooklyn alleyway and came face to face with . . . .

I spotted this little yellow butterfly flying to and fro in the low grasses, and I spent many minutes pursuing this Barred Yellow (Eurema daira) butterfly. Up and down I went, as it descended, then flew upon my approach. Hide and seek it was, this being my best capture of the lot. See the yellow showing on it left forewing?

Me, at this stage in life, playing Hide ‘n Seek? Funny, no?


Question Mark for Father’s Day (USA)

Question Mark Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow in the Briar Patch Habitat in Eatonton, GA

Fathers here in the USA like to act like they don’t care or think about this day, June 21st, officially named Fathers Day. Most of us were raised to act like we’re tough, and don’t dwell on such, acknowledgment that we are fathers and did a bit to assure that their children and family are fed, housed, school and loved.

The truth is, we all do care, and love when those magic words are said to us, hopefully face to face from our kids and grandkids. “Happy Fathers Day!” What a sweet moment that is.

For those of us waiting, waiting to hear it, after years of being there and doing that, we share an appropriate USA butterfly, the Question Mark butterfly, this one taking a very early morning sun bath, after spending the night before in cool trees at the edge of the Butterflies & Blooms Briar Patch Habitat in Eatonton, Georgia. They fly in the eastern 60% of the United States as well as in Canada.

Happy Fathers Day, y’all.