Insects on orange butterfly weed

The bright flowers of the orange butterfly weed attracts a variety of insects during their blooming season.  Here are a few that stopped in to enjoy the pollen and nectar.

“Stop every now and then.  Just stop and enjoy.  Take a deep breath.  Relax and take in the abundance of life.”  ~Unknown

Exercising caution

I was able to get some photos of a pair of Dickcissels in the tall grass along the Mississippi levee. The female was quite the poser, but the male was more cautious and tended to stay hidden among the grass.  These “sparrow-like birds” can be found in our area from early May to August.

“Thus hand in hand through life we’ll go;
Its checker’d paths of joy and woe
With cautious steps we ‘ll tread.”
―Nathaniel Cotton