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    stonecrop sedum honeybee leanne wildermuth

    If you’re looking for a plant that will attract bumblebees, honey bees and butterflies – this one does it all. My favorite aunt gave me a bit of Sedum from her landscape in the Spring of 2007, and it has quadrupled since I brought it home and put it in the yard. I was surprised last fall to see so many honey bees working on this plant, and this fall it’s gotten even busier! I’ll be splitting this in a couple of weeks and spreading them out more with my Bee Balm.

    stonecrop sedum monarch butterfly leanne wildermuth

    I am not sure if my butterfly bush has brought the Monarchs to my yard and the Sedum has kept them coming back, but it sure is a beautiful sight to see three of them sitting atop the Sedum. I loved this shot, the dense blushing pink blooms bordering that gorgeous butterfly.

    stonecrop sedum monarch butterfly leanne wildermuth

    Usually, when Monarchs have landed, they keep their wings tightly closed, and they open and close like a trap door. I managed to capture this one with its wings open, so this is a rare shot for me and I’m loving the paper thin dimension!

    illinois farm horizon sunset leanne wildermuth

    It has been a really busy week, to say the least. I’m waiting for a cake to cool right now because this afternoon I’ll be decorating this Monkey cake for my Chickeymonkey’s 7th birthday party tomorrow. I’ve driven hundreds of miles, going to Catybug’s volleyball game (an away game, 150 miles round trip), spent a day with a dear old friend from High School that I haven’t seen in –ummm– several years (here we are), mowed the lawn, went to another Volleyball game lastnight (we won!) and finished up a blog design for EW. All since my last post on Tuesday!

    illinois september low moon 2008 orange leanne wildermuth

    The sunset was beautiful on Tuesday night, I snapped the farm silhouette on the way home, driving on the freeway. When we got to our exit, the sun had completely set and the moon popped up on the horizon, big, bold, and this really wild yellow-orange color. I left the cars & headlights in the photo so you could get a perspective on how low it was and how bright and oddly colored! Is this our harvest moon? I recall it being much more orange. Anyone else catch a glimpse of the moon this week?

    The timer just went off, so it’s time for me to whip up a batch of frosting!


    pam said,

    Wow, you have been busy!! Great pics; love the moon!


    9.19.2008 @ 11:24 am

    Nice photos! I have photos of more than one butterfly on a flower, but none with both a butterfly and a bee :)

    9.19.2008 @ 11:44 am
    Renee said,

    I caught a glimps of the moon on Wednesday night bringing DD home from Confirmation class…it was HUGE!!! I wish I kept a camera in the car.

    I miss being on the butterfly route. When we were in TX we used to get loads of great butterfly shots…here not so much. I think that I might need to move my parsley to a shady spot to attract the swallowtails.

    Have fun with that cake…I’ve gotten lazy in my old age and started making cupcakes and letting the girls decorate their own cakes. Less work for me! hee hee I think next year I’ll let them use my decorating tips too.

    9.19.2008 @ 12:06 pm
    Karen said,

    I am loving how you can see the bee’s wings and butterfly’s thin little legs so brilliantly.
    Oh, Leanne…I saw the red bellied woodpecker this morning. After checking the photos, he is a HE. So, thanks for helping me out on that one.

    9.19.2008 @ 2:16 pm
    Da Goddess said,

    I was kicking myself Wednesday night for not having my camera with me when we were coming home from our blues society board meeting because the moon was so big, so bright, so heavy. But then I realized that just seeing it was enough for me. Next year, right?

    The flowers are lovely and what a great way to attract the flying critters! I’ll have to tell my mom.

    9.19.2008 @ 4:06 pm
    Erikie said,

    Amazing pics of course! Love the light colors of the flowers, are they fragrant? They must be if the butterflies and bees love them so much right? I must say, I’m not familiar with them. Got a long shot? Butterfly pics :clapping: Um did you get my email about butterflies :D

    How do you get a moon shot while driving? I can’t even get a good shot when I’m still :jawdrop: :yahoo:

    9.19.2008 @ 5:48 pm
    kori said,

    I’ve really enjoyed viewing these. Bees, butterflies and moon are all delightful in their own right, and you have done very well to capture them so appreciatively. :thumbsup:

    9.20.2008 @ 5:41 am
    Shane said,

    Nice photos! I like the full moon picture!

    9.21.2008 @ 10:37 pm

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