The Monarch is probably one of the most widespread and recognized butterflies in North America. They migrate between Canada and Mexico. Interestingly this is the first one I have seen this year. They will appear regularly for awhile as they migrate through on their way south.
The Tulsa Garden Center is located just south of Woodward Park near 21st Street and South Peoria Avenue. Behind the mansion is a lovely victorian conservatory containing tropical exotics and beautiful orchids. It is worth a visit.
I was in Southwoods nursery last weekend and took a few photos. Tuberous begonias come in an amazing variety of colors. I am always seduced by their beauty but bring them home only to watch them curl up and die. They are a bit too fussy for my garden.
Here is another Pipevine Swallowtail. They are the most numerous butterfly in my garden just now and therefore are the most often photographed. Like many butterflies the pattern of the upper surface of the wings is different than the underside.
From above the upper wings are black and the lower wings are black with an iridescent blue or blue-green sheen and a border of white dots. The degree of iridescence depends on the angle of the light falling on the surface.
The underside is dark with 7 orange dots along the border of the lower wings. A better view of the underside can be seen in my Macro Monday for last week. Although numerous, the pipevine swallowtail is a challenge to photograph because they just won't hold still. They flit from flower to flower and when they stop to feed on nectar they continue to flutter their wings.
When I was a kid in high school many of my friends lived on farms or ranches in the area. Many of these kids were in the 4H club and had interesting projects. I would like to have tried to raise a lamb or calf to show at the fair but had no place to keep it in town. So my interest gravitated to an entomology project and I began to collect insects. Over the 3 years of participating I constructed paraphernalia to catch and mount the many varieties of insects and display them in glass topped cases. The end result was entered in the fair to compete for prizes. After all these years I find myself stalking butterflies again, this time with a camera instead of a net. I can tell you that it is easier to catch a butterfly with a net than it is to get close enough to snap its picture.
Carl Linnaeus (1707 - 1778) is considered to be the father on modern botany. The Tulsa Garden Center has dedicated a teaching garden to him. It is a treasury of clever ideas for those of us who love to putter in our home gardens. More Black and White Weekend
The congregation of St Thomas Episcopal was created in 1926 to serve the African-Americans living in north Tulsa. By 1931 they had constructed this rustic church in the gothic style. It became the church home of many of Tulsa's prominent black families. In 1952 another Episcopal church formed a few miles further north. St Mark's was understood to serve the white community on the far north side. The two churches operated independently until the late 1960s when both congregations were suffering from declining finances and attendance. Diocesan Bishop Chilton Powell suggested that if the two congregations did not merge then neither would likely survive. In 1968 the two became St Aidens and located in what was St Marks. After some initial adjustments St Aidens is still alive and well and has developed a number of programs that serve the community. For a more complete history of this congregation look HERE.
Turley is a small community on the north edge of Tulsa. It has one school, a combined elementary and Junior High School that was built in 1920 with art deco elements, and functioned as a kind of community center. Because of declining enrollment the school was closed last year and the students transferred to Greeley Elementary in nearby Tulsa. It left a hole in the community.
Lantana comes in a variety of colors from pale yellow to pink to orange to bright red. Many have blooms that are mixtures of these colors. They stand up well to summer heat and seem irresistible to a wide variety of butterflies and other winged creatures. I have them in a number of places and they are doing great in all locations. Planted in spring they bloom all summer and grow to a surprising size bu late fall when frost knocks them down. It is a standard in my garden.
This little guy is not afraid of anything, least of all an old guy with a camera. There are a gazillion different Skippers and to be honest I don't recognize this fellow. I do know that he's partial to zinnias