Beautiful Winged Things

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.
~Ray Bradbury

Beautiful Pinevine Swallowtail (or Blue Swallowtail) Butterfly
Western Pygmy-Blue (one of the smallest butterflies in the world)

I am obsessed with the white-lined sphynx moth (hawk moth). I have posted previous photos, but this is by far my favorite amazing creature that has emerged from our near record breaking rain season. I look for them everywhere, but have only been able to photograph them in the desert willow trees. They can be mistaken for butterflies and their tubular tongue can be as long as their body. The time to find them is in early morning, or at dusk. I think they are amazing and beautiful.

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  1. Alice says:

    Beautiful! I love your pictures!

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

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  2. Beautiful images ..and so happy to see the Hummingbird.

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    1. Thank you! Something about a hummingbird on a flower that is so beautiful! I see them at my feeder, but it’s not the same as a flower!

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    1. Thank you Nora! 😊

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  3. Ray Bradbury is one of my all-time favourite authors – thank you so much for sharing that beautiful quote. That moth is indeed a majestic creature. These are some breath-taking pictures. ❀

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    1. Thank you! 😊 I thought that was a great quote! I enjoyed just watching that moth off and on for about an hour!

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  4. Very nice: I’ve never seen a blue swallowtale, before, Lisa!πŸ¦‹
    (In England there are only yellow ones.)

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    1. Thank you! I haven’t seen this one before either, that I remember. He is so beautiful! 😊

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  5. Toonsarah says:

    The moth is lovely but my own favourite is the hummingbird, perhaps because we don’t get them here in the UK

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    1. Thank you Sarah! We have a hummingbird feeder, but my favorite is to see them on flowers!

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      1. Toonsarah says:

        Yes – the feeders are great for attracting them but I sometimes find them a bit ugly for photography – a real flower is so much better if yo can get it!

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  6. gr8ful_collette says:

    Beautiful, amazing photos, as always! πŸ’›πŸŒŸ

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    1. Thank you Collette! I just loved watching these creatures! 😊

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  7. Naomi says:

    I so enjoy the hummingbirds, and the flowers. And that beautiful moth is so amazing! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! So cool to see!

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  8. Beautiful shots, Lisa! πŸ€—

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    1. Thank you Donna! I was so excited to see these fluttery creatures!

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  9. Anita says:

    Absolutely gorgeous images Lisa! You are lucky to find so many of nature’s wonders and you’re very good at capturing them with your camera.

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    1. Thank you! ..and yes I do appreciate all these beautiful creatures around me 😊

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  10. True. Until we try , we’ll never know how high, how far, how much we can reach and achieve. Beautiful inspiration. Thank you.

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    1. You are welcome 😊 Thank you!

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  11. Jeff Flesch says:

    These pics are gorgeous, Lisa; and that last one touched my heart too. ❀️

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    1. Thank you Jeff! I don’t know why, but I always feel a little sad when I see tattered wings. 😊

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        I completely understand. I was out on a walk today, and this beautiful mushroom πŸ„ from a couple of days ago had been thrashed about a bit. Made me a little sad. You’re most welcome, Lisa! ☺️

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