The late summer blues.

March 1, 2013, UPDATE: Thanks to Dan Chaffee, who ID’d this as a red spotted purple. Will have to hunt harder!

Some days, you just get the blues, in a good way. The Diana fritillary butterfly is the state butterfly of Arkansas.

 

Diana Fritillary butterfly
This Diana fritillary butterfly rests in the driveway while the truck gets a bath. These beautiful blue butterflies have a rather limited range, preferring the Ozarks, Ouachitas, Appalachians and Piedmont areas. We’re glad to have them here in the Ouachitas.
Blue morning glories
Blue morning glories reach for the sun.
Diana frilliary butterfly
After chasing these butterflies for a year, finally, FINALLY, clear images. This one stuck around for hours during car washing day.

Pinkish.

Pink is the color of the weekend on the mountain.

Pink bordered yellow moth
A late summer moth who appears better garbed for an Easter parade.
American beauty berries
These incredibly magenta berries on this French Mulberry account for the "ish" in the title of this post.
Pink flowers
These pink wildflowers sitting under the pines are a big draw for late summer pollinators.
Pink legume flower
Cooler weather and the return of rain has prompted generous growth of these wild legumes.

Shadows of former lives.

Despite being home for a week, our thoughts are still on the road somewhere along the vast flatness that is the prairie land of the Dakotas, the vibrance of “The Cities,” and the cornfields of Iowa.

View of road with headlights.
Evening lit by headlights heading south on I-29 in South Dakota.
Windshield splotches cast shadows on dashboard
Shadows of former insects fall across the dash.
Concrete tepee at a rest stop in southern South Dakota.
Looking up through the top of a concrete tepee at an interstate rest stop in southern South Dakota. Someone's now-deflated football joins a bird's nest as addenda to the structure.
Big white booty
Polar bear at the Como Park zoo in St. Paul cools his booty on a hot summer day.
Shadows on stone
Shadows sweep the stone at Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota.
abandoned farmhouse
Abandoned house sits alone near Stack Slough WMA in North Dakota.
Lone tree in Iowa
Lone tree breaks up the horizon, along with wind turbines, in northern Iowa.