Cloudless sulphur butterflies (Phoebis sennae) were flitting throughout the garden and I spent several frustrating minutes trying to capture a decent photo of one.
|This was the best shot I managed. Even for butterflies, this species seems especially manic to me.|
|Host plants, like these Senna bicapsularis, are plentiful in the garden at the moment|
I found one of the 6 newly installed sculptures tucked in an area many of the garden's volunteers refer to as the "back forty" (acres).
|This is Teha, constructed of painted and unpainted steel in 1971 by Mark di Suvero. I understand that the area surrounding this and other sculptures may change at intervals during the term of the installation at SCBG.|
It was getting warmer by this point and growing closer to lunchtime so I abandoned the effort to locate the rest of the sculptures and meandered back in the general direction of garden's entrance. On my way I snapped a few more photos of plants that grabbed my attention.
|I couldn't find a tag for this plant but both the foliage and flower forms reminded me of my Bauhinia x blakeana and I was gratified when a subsequent on-line search suggested that it's Bauhinia galpinii (aka red orchid bush)|
I stopped at the Mediterranean Garden to appreciate a group of Salvias in full bloom.
|This is Salvia mexicana 'Limelight', which I previously had difficultly growing in my own garden due to its water requirements|
|As I bent closer to get a better photo of the Salvia's flowers, this fellow showed up. I believe he's a flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata).|
|I was able to get 4 shots of him, growing closer and closer with each|
Capturing the dragonfly with my camera was an achievement in my view. I seldom see dragonflies in my area to begin with and my ability to catch photos of insects and birds when they appear is poor to say the least. To be honest, this was one exceptionally cooperative dragonfly. He didn't move no matter how close I got to him, while most butterflies speed away when I even think of shifting my stance to improve my shot.
As I again turned toward the garden's exit, I saw a squirrel alternately burying nuts and conducting a Don Quixotesque battle with a stick. Encouraged by my luck in getting photos of the dragonfly, I aimed my camera at him, only to have my battery die. I followed the scampering squirrel while fumbling to change the battery, ending up in the Garden of the Senses where I ran into my docent friend Kay. We chatted about her most recent changes to the area and I snapped more photos before we both headed out and home.
|Bed featuring black-eyed susans (Rudbackia hirta) and an assortment of herbs|
All in all, a pleasant way to spend a morning following a business meeting. For more Wednesday Vignettes, visit Anna at Flutter & Hum.
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