Bleeding Heart Blossoms

Bleeding Heart BlossomI want to get a good close-up shot of the bleeding heart blossoms in the garden. Having my handy dandy camera with me always is what it takes. Why? Because you never know when a fantastic photo will come your way. Honestly, a cell phone just doesn’t cut it. I was able to capture this splendid example showing how this flower got its name. The unopened blossoms really look like a little heart dripping some blood off the base. Wow! It may not be the most romantic name for a flower but it sure fits doesn’t it!

bleeding heart butterfly 2Then I glanced behind there, where the sprinkler was watering the corn rows at the compost pile. I noticed maybe a small hummingbird getting a bath in the sprinkler. Wait a minute… that is not a hummingbird it is a black and yellow butterfly.

bleeding heart butterfly 3When the water sprinkled, he opened and shut his wings a few times and then basked in the sun till it came round again. I’m not sure if he was getting a drink or if he was actually getting a bath.

bleeding heart butterfly 4Now, I am waiting by the bleeding heart bush and am on a mission. Can I get a good picture of him without getting the camera wet or scaring him away? It was a good practice in patience.

bleeding heart butterfly 6Then, he finally flew toward me at the bleeding heart bush. I did what any artist does, I took as many pictures of him as I could in the hopes that one would come out.

bleeding heart butterfly 6Check this out!

It pays to notice the colorful miracles all around us. Wa La!