There’s a little place I frequent, teaming with finches, wrens, nuthatches, hummingbirds, butterflies, carpenter bees, occasionally a cooper’s or red-shouldered hawk, and wild rat terriers. It’s conveniently located in my backyard, and is full of wildlife largely thanks to my mom’s lovely garden (because I, like most of many other twenty-somethings, had to move back home after college for a little bit before heading out on my own). The photos in this album are of my mom’s veggie garden and the butterfly bush turned butterfly tree that’s taken over our backyard and attracts all kinds of butterflies, including our tiger swallowtails.
My family used to have a raging passion flower taking over the fence in our backyard. It was gorgeous, but was destroying our fence, so it had to go. Before my family pulled it out, we found a spiny little caterpillar in the brush and after some research I found it was a Gulf fritillary. Very beautiful and a great surprise!