Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

When I first saw this week’s photo challenge, I took a picture of the first butterfly I saw in my garden this season.  It was unusual, at least not like the ones I was used to seeing in San Antonio, and it was enjoying my chive blossoms.

Does anyone know what kind of butterfly this is?

But then yesterday we were at my brother’s in Chester, Virginia, celebrating Mother’s Day, and my brother showed me this little mother who had made a nest in his pot of basil.

My sister-in-law thought she should offer this little mama a glass of wine because she looked like she needed one.

My brother said he doesn’t know what possessed her to build her nest in such a strange spot.  The pot is on the railing of their deck, right outside their back door and easily accessible to stray cats, of which there are many in the neighborhood.

Sadly, these little eggs will probably not get a chance to hatch before a predator gets to them. Mama bird, what were you thinking?

About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

  1. oldereyes says:

    I love the picture of the eggs … the color is amazing. Do you know what kind of bird it is? I’d have guessed a Robin but I’m pretty sure their eggs are speckled.

  2. huffygirl says:

    I hope the bird’s nest somehow survives. Can you build a little fence around it? You really wonder what happened to their birdie instincts sometimes when they build a nest in such a crazy place.

    What a great picture!

  3. judithhb says:

    Susan – what lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoyed Mothers day with your family.


  4. My chive is blooming, too, but I didn’t get so beautiful a shot as you did.

    I wonder also what the mama bird was thinking? Maybe she’s a first-time mother.

    • comingeast says:

      My brother said no bird has been able to have babies in his yard in eight years because the feral cats always get them. I hope this is an exception, but considering where the nest is, I don’t think it will be any different. Thanks for your comment.

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