The Birds and The Bees

Ahhh fall. What a wonderful time of the year! The cool crisp air, amazingly blue skies and all the colorful foliage of the trees. I both love and hate it at the same time. On one hand, it always reminds me of my childhood and the excitement I always felt for the upcoming holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 🙂 On the other hand, I have to say goodbye to all my favorite annual flowers and most of my little garden critters. Of all of them, I think the ones I miss most are the hummingbirds. Little sis and I always have feeders in the front and back yards for the little guys. This year when they headed south for the winter, we were busy and left the feeders up longer than usual. The hummingbirds had been gone about a week or so when sis noticed movement on the feeder by our front window. It was covered with bees drinking from the feeder. I have never seen them do this in such large numbers before. I would see one or two occasionally but nothing more. After watching these little guys, with much fascination, as they emptied the feeder in just a couple of days, I decided to snap a few pictures.

Honey bees (Cropped & Crossover)(watermarked)

Bees drinking from our hummingbird feeder.

Hummingbird (Corrected-Orton-watermarked)

Here is a pic of one of the last hummingbirds to visit us in our backyard this year.

The Butterfly House

I don’t know about you but where I live, here in St. Louis, the weather is like diaper surprise, ya never know whatcha gonna get and you could pass out from the fumes. But since it was cloudy and slightly chilly today, we figured it might be a good day to head indoors to take some pictures. So if you’re in St. Louis and love gardens and nature but don’t want to be out in the elements, head over to the Butterfly House. It houses a collection of butterflies from around the world. They grow these cute little guys themselves and it’s so relaxing to walk through the indoor gardens with tropical butterflies fluttering around you. Try it. I dare you not to relieve some stress while you’re there! 😉

And as a bonus, as a division of the Missouri Botanical Gardens which, if you’re already a Garden member, the price of admission is already included in your membership. YAY! Good deeds AND included admission? I’m there. Also, they acknowledge other garden memberships from around the world, so check yours before you come.

I highly recommend you visit if you have a chance. It’s located in one of our numerous parks and it’s great for families. Check out their website for more information.

In honor of the Butterfly House, here are some of the photos we took.

Enjoy!

Bee on yellow bush

Butterfly

Little Butterfly 2

Flower City

Today Big Sis and I spent time pouring over photos that were recently shot and that we’re getting ready to upload to the Etsy store.

Whew! Talk about a ton of pics! Big Sis is a photo taking machine. This is the same woman that when she came to visit me in Canterbury, during my study abroad semester, took over 14 rolls of film just at Leeds castle alone. Yes, I said over 14. I told you she was a machine. Just thinking about the film development cost of that trip makes my nose bleed. >.<

But I realized while pouring through these newest ones that there is a certain look that Big Sis manages to attain in almost all of her shots. For me, it’s like she’s spotlighting these little plants in a way that I hadn’t seen them before.  It’s a wonderful, amazing and dazzling thing. And yes I’m hella jealous of her but that’s okay. Check out this one that didn’t make the cut below.

This one turned out too dark.

This one turned out too dark.

But this one was good. 🙂

This lacy girl is gorgeous! <3

This lacy girl is gorgeous! ❤

This one makes me go awwwwwwww.

Flower & Butterfly 2

So thankfully, there were a few good ones. It’s interesting how you can take 100’s of photos and in the end only get a handful that are spotlight quality. But then again all photos are special in their own way. 😉

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