Weekly photo challenge: Fresh

This week’s challenge is all about fresh. The top photo was taken almost fresh out of bed as this butterfly flitted from bloom to bloom. The photo below it represents fresh too, but in a rather dark, macabre and downright “ewwww” kind of way, as nature can be at times. (You may not want to scroll down.)

Yellow and black butterfly.
Yellow swallowtail makes an early morning visit to the hydrangea.
Spider and grasshopper.
This spider somehow wound up impaled on a thorn on one of the citrus plants. The green grasshopper spent a good deal of time on the carcass this morning. By late afternoon, the spider’s body had disappeared.

And other sources of fresh:

 

 

In Aunt Betty’s Garden

Aunt Betty in Minnesota has a terrific garden.  Beautifully balanced between shade and sun, all surrounded by that lush, deep green northern grass that southern lawns can’t grow. It is a lovely refuge from everything stressful.

Garden butterfly
Butterfly in Betty's garden.
White hydrangea, backlit
"Pure" is the only word that describes the light shining through this white hydrangea.
Orange flowers
These orange flowers stood out among the green in the shade garden.
Grandpa Ott morning glory closeup
The rich violet velvet of this Grandpa Ott morning glory trumpet, contrasted with its white throat, makes it seem to radiate its own light in the morning.
Orb spider
This slender orb spider rests in its web strung between black-eyed susans.
Hosta leaf
A hosta leaf captures a shadow in the afternoon light of a late summer day.