November 10, 2011

30 Day Challenge ~ Thanksgiving ~ Day 10


There was a Monarch gliding along today on gentle currents of wind, stopping occasionally to sip nectar from the charming little flowers of white mistflower.  I did try, to no avail, to get a photograph.  The butterfly was particularly shy and declined my offer to sit for a portrait.

Thankful today for the soft, muted blooms of the Texas native white mistflower, the nectar they provide and the last few Monarchs passing through the garden on their trek to Mexico.   


Note:  The plant shown is grown in full sun and dry soil conditions.  I have a second plant in a shadier, less dry location.  The plant grown in full sun has flowers with a tinge of pink to the flower buds.  The plant grown in shadier conditions has less pink to the buds. 

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful capture with gorgeous texture.

    The lingzhi mushroom is from a mushroom farm. It grows out from a cylinder of 'cotton' (I think) wrapped with plastic.

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  2. Such a pretty flower. I like flowers that are actually lots of tiny flowers. I think the last group of butterflies moving south seem very shy too. I tried to get some shots the other day to no avail.

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  3. Cat what a beautiful flower...I can see why the monarchs also love it...

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  4. Very pretty! I have never seen a pink mistflower.

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  5. Interesting that your plant has a pink tinge. My two plants are similarly grown, both are pure white. Your photographs are always so beautiful.

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  6. What a pretty flower! I love plants that have teeny tiny flowers. So glad it was blooming for the monarch. They've had a rough time this year enduring our terrible drought!

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  7. I don't have any mistflower. But, it should be on my list. I think it's supposed to be deer resistant...which actually means little here, in our neighborhood.

    @ your comment on my post yesterday....glad you are a survivor. Makes us all think differently about the sun.

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  8. That's really a pretty color, will have to look for white mistflower. Monarchs seem to be the most shy of the butterflys, I've tried to and it's very hard to get a photo.

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  9. Great shot. I need to put mistflowers in my garden!

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  10. Thanks, Linda. It definitely does.

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  11. Wow on 30-day challenge and yet another beautiful photograph! Hope my white one is blooming tomorrow, with a tinge of pink. The lavender ones are going nuts, but yes, between wind and frenetic butterflies, it's hard to get a shot!

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  12. My white mist flower must be different from your white mist flower because mine wants partial shade and lots of moisture. Is yours eupatorium coelestorium or something Latin-y like that?

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  13. Tammy, I think mine is: Eupatorium wrightii (Ageratina wrightii) It doesn't require a lot of water and although it looked a little tired in full sun this summer, it has bounced back beautifully.

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  14. Beautiful image... Are there times when you're able to see several Monarchs migrating (where you live in Texas)? Someday I would love to travel to Mexico to see their winter roosting sites.--Thanks for providing nectar sources to help them on their journey :)

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  15. It looks still so summer there and I think you have still very warm there. I'm so happy I live to Spain for a week today and I can see the sun and feel little warmer:)
    Have a nice weekend darling.

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  16. Beautiful flower! I like the soft pink color. So thankful I get to see pictures of pretty flowers in bloom, even if it's just online. :)

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"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
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