Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Jeff Zablow and his dog, Petra photographed by Jenny Jean Photography

Thanksgiving Day here, and we’re healthy and happy in our new home in beautiful Macon, Georgia. Petra is just fine, and she’s as she always was, a big, fun-loving Black Russian pup, 10 and 1/2 years old, and my  joy and ‘protector.’

We’re having friends join us for Turkey, Stuffed Cabbage, Made-at Home Cranberry sauce, Sweet Potatoes and Baked Cherry Pie. Masks yes, relaxed and pleased, yes.

These years sharing wingedbeauty.com have brought new friends, and I wish you all, here in the U.S.A. and all around the world,  the Best, the very best in life. One of my dreams for 2021 is to meet some of you, for you’re all so very appreciated and so, so, special.

Seasoned I am, happily married (Thank G-d) and so so appreciative (that wonderful word again!) and there’s been no change in me = I love to meet and share with good people, bright people (y’all are) and people such as you, who enjoy, prefer, relish the natural world that we nurture and ‘fight’ to preserve.

Thanks, y’all.

Jeff & Miss Petra

What is Your Favorite Thanksgiving Butterfly this Year?

Monarch Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park. Jeff blogs about the art and science of butterflies at http://www.wingedbeauty.com

Zebra heliconian butterfly sipping nectar, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Kathleen, GATiger Swallowtail butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA
My wife is at this very moment cooking and baking, all for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Dinner, here in North Macon, Georgia. Cherry pie, Linzer tarts and Stuffed cabbage. Me, I’m warmly thinking of the next days, tomorrow Thanksgiving Day in our Blessed USA. Saturday, my Birthday Day. The last weeks have drained me some, for I long for civility in our Blessed United States of America.

Thinking of good things, my mind went to a fascinating question. Which of the butterflies rates, deserves the honor of being the 2020 Thanksgiving Butterfly? I’ll tell you mine, and await you telling me yours. OK?

My candidates here are the Zebra Heliconian butterfly (shown in Kathleen, Georgia), the Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (seen in Raccoon Creek State Park nectaring on Butterflyweed blooms) and the Monarch butterfly (seen in Raccoon Creek State Park, enjoying Joe Pye blooms).

My choice.? Today, I made many trips into the backyard garden, to water the newly set-in native plants (Blackgum, Sourweed, Asters, Irises, Sassafras’s, Nutmeg Hickory, Swamp Titi and more and more. It’s the day before Thanksgiving. the Monarchs and the Tigers are no longer seen, the Monarchs are gone to Mexico and the Tigers, hmmm. The whole time I was moving the watering hose (rubber) around, Zebra Heliconians were gracefully flying around me, sometimes within. 2-feet of me. I not once seemed to startle them, they probably males, seriously seeking females (?). I though about this much, Thanksgiving hours away here, and on November 25th, Zebras ballet-flying in our garden.

To the question, which rates section as my Thanksgiving butterfly for 2020. Zebra Heliconian butterflies.

May I ask which might be your Thanksgiving butterfly for this memorable 2020?