Butterfly and flowers

Two days ago I took this photograph of a butterfly on a cluster of aster-looking flowers. These flowers were so abundant in the front field that it appeared as snow.

Here are liatris blossoms in a park two miles from where I teach in Abilene, Texas. This photo was taken about a month ago.




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16 responses to “Butterfly and flowers

  1. How wonderful to see your new photos, and your presence back here with us! I’ve missed your posts! I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one, and that all is well with you and your family.

    I had a little too much pecan pie, pumpkin pie and whipped cream, but I think I’ll be over it in a day or two!

    • Haven’t we all had too much pie and turkey today? Thank you for commenting on the flowers. The weather here was 70 deg. F. and hardly any wind. It was a good day. I missed my pecan pie today, but had turkey and dressing. I may be able to post more now if my teaching responsibilities are lessened. Happy Thanksgiving and holidays! I hope all is well with you and yours, Linda.

  2. Hello Jack, it’s so nice to see you again. I love the little butterfly in the fine white flowers. Looks like a Scarce Copper, but it’s probably some other butterfly. There are so many.
    See you soon again?
    Grethe ´)

    • Thank you Grethe. I hope to be around more often. This semester has been quite heavy in tasks as well as ranch chores and other matters that have taken me away from blogging that I so like to do and share and read from your work and my friends that stretch back for years on the internet.

  3. Beautiful to look at your Texas flowers Jack. Although we do have a form of liatris in the Northeast the butterfly flower would not be found here in native habitats. Nice to see you are doing well and fine!

    • Hi Bill! Thank you for your comment. I have been focusing on a research project and I have changed my teaching style this semester for the first time in a long time. I’ve continued to take pics of flowers, true to my promise, and never noticed till now that different flowers bloom in the fall. I have wondered if the storm affected you?

      • The impacts of Sandy were negligible this far inland. We had some very healthy winds, took a few trees down, but that’s not so bad. The folks in NJ and parts of NYC will be years in recovering. Given the forecast of melting poles and higher oceanic water lines I’m going crazy trying to understand everyone rebuilding nearly everything in the same location so that it can happen all over again. Yikes!

      • Good that the impacts were negligible. I always “take a gander” at your part of this good earth when the weather report comes up. We are again in low rain (no rain) conditions — fifth lowest rainfall all year in recorded history. It is crazy to rebuild where the water will rise again. I saw a rather depressing news blurb about Greenland’s ice sheets melting at a much faster rate. I think there is a concept called cascading that we all need to pay attention to. The virtue of unselfishness seems to have never taken hold among some powerful folk in our society. And, over-consumption? Don’t get us started.

  4. Elaine F Lee

    Great liatris photo. Haven’t seen one in bloom since the summer, so enjoyed it.
    Also glad you had turkey and trimmings at Thanksgiving. My husband and I had soup and the flu. Glad to finally be getting over the seemingly never-ending fatigue that goes along with it.

    • I have seen and photographed liatris for the first time, thanks to you. Your Thanksgiving “meal” I hope to avoid! I hope your fatigue is retreating. My commute is getting harder by the semester.

  5. Kittie Howard

    Jack, it was really good seeing you back up on the screen. I’d begun to worry what was wrong. Thought you were going to retire, but it’s a good thing you didn’t as you have much to offer students and it would be their loss, for sure. I threw a lot of energy into the election, woke up election morning actually scared, one of the few times I’ve felt that way in my life. My county is a swing county for Virginia. But when we got to the polls, I smiled inside – all those blue sample ballots, thank God! Otherwise, I’m waiting for Rings of Trust to be uploaded to Amazon/Smashwords, etc. Really threw the kitchen sink into this one. I’m fed up with these hate groups, etc. So, we’ll see how it goes. Got my Big Girl shoes on. We got outta Dodge for T’giving. My half sister died in childbirth, really hit me hard. So we went to a small village in the Hudson Valley. Got my head on straight now, getting caught up, and ploughing ahead like never before. (Candy had a pre-existing condition so lost her insurance . . . .) Stay well, Jack.

    • Thank you, Kittie. I have been really snowed under (in Texas?) with work and a bunch of other things that demand my attention and have not written blog-wise like I want to. I am so sorry about your sister, Kittie. So very sorry. I have spending time also setting some things straight so I sympathize entirely. I want to get over to your blog and read your latest work. I still have at the top of my blog The Honest Scrap Award that you gave me. I am proud of that. Please take your self and lie prone on the rooftop if you have to, Kittie, as you have done before!

      • kittiehoward@gmail.com

        You were ever so right! I was on the roof. Off now. but have an attorney to take care of some family stuff (totally unrelated to my half sister – always a hole in my heart for Candy) — which made them even madder. Oh, well. Threw my heart into Rings of Trust” — sick of this hate group stuff. If you don’t have a Kindle, I’ll be most happy to send you a PDF copy. My royalties go to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. I gasped when that disabilities act didn’t make it. There’s something so very wrong Out There. Stay well, Jack. And good luck with your stuff. There’s something about the holiday season that brings out the worst in some and brings out noblesse noblige (sorta) in others.

      • Kittie, yes, something really amiss in the failure to pass the disabilities act. You would think that during the holiday season….but, no. I do think that calling in an attorney or experts for estate and serious matters is necessary. Happy holidays, Kittie!

      • kittiehoward@gmail.com

        Did you see the YouTube clip of Jon Stewart’s reaction to the Act’s failure? He’s right on target as only he can do. Senators from Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma led the charge that worked. This situation with the tea baggers is going to drag into 2014, I’m afraid.

        My attorney has all under control, thankfully.

        Rings of Trust enjoyed a very successful launch yesterday. I’m pleased beyond words. The KKK isn’t exactly a happy subject on everyone’s lips, so the support Out There for a novella that’s pushing the envelope really touched me. People know, Jack. People know. Happy Holidays, Jack!

      • I will look at it. Jon Stewart is a favorite of mine. The twenty-first century is upon us, and all citizens need protections from discrimination. Dignity — quite an important condition everyone needs.

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