They're not ALL gone. I saw this butterfly on the bush and couldn't resist taking its picture this last day of summer. I thought perhaps I'd seen the last of the butterflies but this Monarch surprised me. What better way to photograph the end summer than with a butterfly pic!
This zoomed out pic shows how few blooms are left on the butterfly bush. There's not much left for this guy to eat so I hope he gets his fill.
It's been a couple weeks since we last visited my garden. It's still blooming but not as enthusiastically. I thought my handful of loyal blog visitors might be getting tired of seeing photos of the same ole flowers over and over again so this time you get to see them with filter effects.
The roses are still looking lovely...
Some years I've had blooms into November. I hope this year is the same story!
I never tire of seeing the roses... buds, partially opened, full bloomers, or petals on the ground.
These flowers that I've been watching for over a month now are finally making their show. This pic doesn't do them justice. Without the filter you'd see the bright, deep magenta color they really are.
The butterfly bush still has some blooms on it but I haven't seen any butterflies in well over a week. I'm pretty sure they are done for the season. Even the bees have become scarce. This guy was was the only one I saw on the bush.
The purple and pink Rose of Sharon bushes still have some blossoms but not many.
And I caught a moth on the spirea bushes.
It would be nice if the flowers would keep at it until the leaves of the trees develop their color show. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Normally I wouldn't be shooting fall color quite this early in the season but "autumn" is the DPS-365 theme this week. I think this pic is pretty indicative of the patches of color that are appearing around southeast Michigan right now. In 3-4 weeks this view will be ablaze with color.
It was a cold, windy, and rainy day at Silver Beach. Hard to believe that just 48 hours earlier it was 85 degrees. Today the high was in the low 60s. The snow fencing is rolled and ready to put up. Summer is over and the city will begin preparing for winter soon. Very soon.
I saw so many Monarch butterflies heading out over Lake Michigan last weekend I thought for sure the lot of them were heading south for the winter. I didn't see a single one on the butterfly bush all week. And then today I looked out and saw 4 of them on the bush all at once. I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. Unfortunately, when the butterflies are around the bush, so are the bees. Kaj followed me outside into the garden today, as usual, and got stung by a bee. Twice. Poor guy. :-(
No bright sunny pics this day. We never saw the sun. But the overcast skies make for even lighting and nice true (not over saturated) colors on the flowers.
As you can see, the bright and light pink shrub roses are still showing lots of blooms.
The day lilies are still lilly-ing.
The butterfly bush is still blooming but there were no butterflies visiting today. I wonder if they have left for warmer climes. There is a bee of some sort near the top of the bloom.
The pink and purple Rose of Sharon bushes still have lots of blooms and look lovely.
I've come to love these bushes. I don't know why I never planted any. Thank goodness my neighbor did!
My rose bushes look kinda like I feel at the end of summer, a little withered but still hanging in there.
Even with aging blossoms they have a beauty about them.
Last week I thought for sure I'd see full blooms on this plant by this week but no, not yet. I don't have any fall flowers planted in my yard so when all these flowers of summer go, that's it for my garden for this year. I suspect I may have seen the last of the butterflies for this year too. I saw a lot of them flying out into Lake Michigan over the weekend. I presume they were heading for a warm place for winter.
When summer came to an end, autumn came in on near gale force winds. If yesterday was a stark contrast to the previous two days in the 90s, today was a shock. Temps never made it out of the 60s and there were 25-35mph winds all day. While winds this strong aren't uncommon on Lake Michigan, they are uncommon during the summer and early fall. They are much more typical of late fall, winter, and early spring. Waves were 10-14ft all day creating a dangerous environment for swimmers, hence the rip current warning.
The winds made awesome waves and the cool temps made awesome clouds. The sun peeked through often making it a phenomenal day for taking pictures. I took over 400, most would make a suitable magazine cover or postcard. It was hard to take a bad picture.
It was tough to choose a handful of pics to feature here so I opted to choose just two, one from each of the two photo shoots I went on. The picture above was taken from Tiscornia Beach in St Joseph, Michigan. It gives a good feel for the size of the waves, the force of the wind, and the bright contrasts of color provided by the sun. The picture below was taken from Silver Beach in St Joe. It's amazing how many people come "out of the woodwork" to play on the waves when the surf's up. These three guys were kite boarding and I caught 2 of them in mid air. Be sure to click on the image to see it larger and get the full impact. They were exciting to watch!
I had a four-day Labor Day weekend and all 4 days provided great photo ops. I hate to see the summer go but I got the best of it in pics and that makes me a very happy girl. :-)