Friday, August 25, 2006
I awake and head outside, anxious to check the flowers. Mother and father bluebird are still feeding their third clutch of young. The herb bed is abloom: agastache, garlic chives, basil (cinnamon and Genovese) and even more flowers on the strawberry fields globe amaranth.
I notice movement -- tens of butterflies all flitting from flower to flower!! Tiger and spicebush swallowtails, monarchs and frittilaries!! They alight on the agastache more than any other flower, though the white blossoms of the garlic chives are a close second!
I go back into the house for my camera to try to capture the dreamlike scene before me! It's like my own butterfly house! I knew their larvae were busy eating my spicebushes to shreds -- and this is the reward! Flying flowers!
My digital camera is just too slow to catch them -- but I settle on a few photos to use for sketches. I outline this butterfly scene from a photo and then use the herbs themselves to sketch and paint from ...
The scent of basil and agastache kept me company as I paint and as the day heated ...