The Milkweed And The Hummingbird

 

I wish to place a message on the Monarch butterfly telegraph.

Plentiful milkweed can be found in the gardens, the fields, and the untended spaces around ponds and along roads. Many late spring and early summer flowers are blooming. Please spread the word. Thank you.

During the second week in June, the milkweed flowers began to open. Now, most of the milkweed plants have flowers and the early blooms are fading. The buds start out green, gradually turn a purplish red, and then they open to reveal a pink and red flower with an intricate center pattern. The purple in the red stands out in the early morning sunshine.

I haven’t seen a Monarch butterfly yet this year. I have seen a ruby-throated hummingbird making his rounds of the flowers. I’ve felt his wings stir the air as he breezed by me more than once. I wasn’t quick enough to find him with the camera before he darted away until last Tuesday at sunrise when a┬átiny bird flew across the road. He stopped on the top of the fence partly hidden in the shadow of the trees. It was a ruffled ruby-throated hummingbird looking like he had just finished his morning bath.

Much to my surprise, one paused to taste the nectar of a milkweed flower right in front of me on Sunday morning.

June 9, 2017

Milkweed plants in a field and along a road in Jester Park, Iowa, June 9, 2017.

Milkweed flowers in Jester Park, Iowa, June 9, 2017.

Milkweed flowers in Jester Park, Iowa, June 9, 2017.

June 13, 2017

A ruby-throated hummingbird at sunrise, Jester Park, Iowa, June 13, 2017.

June 18, 2017

Milkweed flowers at sunrise in Jester Park, Iowa, June 18, 2017.

Milkweed flowers at sunrise in Jester Park, Iowa, June 18, 2017.

A ruby-throated hummingbird at a milkweed flower, Jester Park, Iowa, June 18, 2017.

June 19, 2017

Milkweed flowers at sunrise on a cloudy day, Jester Park, Iowa, June 19, 2017.

A milkweed flower in Jester Park, Iowa, June 19, 2017.

A milkweed flower in Jester Park, Iowa, June 19, 2017.

Milkweed flowers in Jester Park, Iowa, June 19, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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