As I sit typing, the garden just outside my window is teeming with life. The coneflowers and liatris are blooming their heads off, and the butterflies know it. I can see at least a dozen red admirals flitting around, sometimes doubling up on the choicest flowers. I'm happy to say that lots of bees are joining them. And finally today I've seen a monarch and a tiger swallowtail. Didn't get to photograph them because the kids kept me busy, but I'm hoping they'll return. (Augie thought a tiger swallowtail should be more orange, so he decided our visitor was a cougar).
This is my best photo of a red admiral so far this year and one wing is a bit blurred. They move quickly and then close their wings, which are not as colorful on the reverse. Anyway, add in the glorious (and tall) yellow daylilies, and this is my little piece of heaven, whether I'm outdoors or at my desk!