Beautiful Spring Butterflies

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“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.”

I was thinking about this quote from Jeffrey Glassberg as the warm afternoon sun bathed the green hillsides of Burdoin Mountain, sprinkled with many small and colorful wildflowers.

To my enchantment, a few colorful butterflies fluttered from blossom to blossom like flowers in motion.

Orangetips and a tortoiseshell kept moving quickly, splashes of orange moving from bloom to bloom.

I enjoy learning about butterflies, and rely on Caitlin LaBar for most of my IDs. Butterflies can be notoriously hard to identify.

I highly recommend her new book, written with Robert Pyle, titled Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest. The photography is flat out excellent!

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Male Julia’s Orangetip Butterfly on a Fiddleneck





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