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Today’s First [Wordless Wednesday]

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak (CHECK)!

Painted Turtle watching the Mallards

Painted Turtle (CHECK) watching Mallards

Colt's Foot

Colt’s Foot (CHECK)

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32 responses

  1. When we lived in the Texas Panhandle, north of Amarillo, the Mourning cloak was our standard yard butterfly.

    I always enjoy seeing them. Thanks for sharing.

    I won’t comment on each of the other recent blogs; however, I enjoyed all of them immensely. Check.

    8 April 2008 at 7:52 pm

  2. Oh! Major CHECK!

    I can hardly wait to see my first.

    8 April 2008 at 8:06 pm

  3. @ Troy – I love seeing them and we do get them in my yard also! Thanks for commenting and visiting the other sites!
    @ Cathy – thanks and should be soon!

    8 April 2008 at 8:19 pm

  4. Oh! So pretty! I loved the turtle looking at the ducks, too =)

    The hawks were back at Fenway Park today, joining in the Opening Day festivities!

    8 April 2008 at 8:32 pm

  5. Oh yes, the Colt’s Foot. We were out walking this afternoon, and I also got pictures of this little flower. I always look for it appearing among the first in spring.

    8 April 2008 at 8:33 pm

  6. Lisa at Greenbow

    We saw our first Mourning Cloak this weekend. They are such beautiful butterflies. It is just amazing to see one pop out during a warm winter day. They waited until spring this year. We also had a suflur and a Cabbage White. If it stops raining and dries out some hard telling what we might find.

    8 April 2008 at 8:48 pm

  7. I haven’t seen my first of any of these yet! Beautiful pics though. Are you one of those New Yorkers who lives in that weird area where there are Red Sox fans?

    8 April 2008 at 9:04 pm

  8. The Mourning Cloak stands out nicely on that textured rock background. I never heard of colt’s foot before so maybe I’ll find some on my own.

    8 April 2008 at 9:35 pm

  9. The best part of Spring — all the firsts!

    8 April 2008 at 9:38 pm

  10. Winter is really over!

    8 April 2008 at 10:06 pm

  11. I’ve always appreciated nature shots.

    Great photos.

    8 April 2008 at 10:10 pm

  12. I saw my first about a month ago – but it was on my GARAGE FLOOR! Not worth a picture in that ugly place. Your picture is lovely!

    8 April 2008 at 10:29 pm

  13. Tom things are happening fast here, the wildflowers are really exploding and the creeks and falls have got a bunch of water.

    I took a hike this morning and the bird activity is amazing, especially the gooble of the wild turkeys. Anybody who has never witnessed the mating calls of the turkey is really missing something 🙂

    8 April 2008 at 10:57 pm

  14. @ Rondi – thanks and I liked that photo also! Sounds like a great time in the festival!
    @ Becky – Great finding these on your walk and shouldn’t be too long before other flowers show up!
    @ Lisa – How great and I had to get out to find some butterflies! I have been hearing reports from many on them seeing some! Will be a little while until I see the sulfurs and Cabbage Whites!
    @ Patrick – Thanks and we are 99.9% all Yankee fans here! Why do you think we are Red Sox fans?
    @ Larry – Thanks and you have no idea how many of this guy I captured before it flew away! I thought this one turned out best!
    @ Liza – exactly!! Hard part is capturing all my first with the camera!
    @ Ruth – I think so!
    @ Urban – thanks
    @ Bird Girl – thanks and they are great no matter where you see them!
    @ Bernie – Thanks and is has been for sure!

    8 April 2008 at 10:59 pm

  15. Yes, spring is really here for good, right? I’ll bet we get one more snow, though.

    We went for a walk today and didn’t see any flowers. 😦
    But the weather was perfect and we saw plenty of bluebirds, my favorite bird. 🙂

    9 April 2008 at 12:21 am

  16. I caught sight of a mourning cloak too.. wicked! My favorite shot? hands down; “Painted Turtle (CHECK) watching Mallards” He really looks like he’s checking them out! That is such an awesome photograph!

    9 April 2008 at 3:10 am

  17. Lovely collection that just bursts with ‘spring-ness’. I don’t think we have that butterfly here, but I wish we did.

    9 April 2008 at 3:15 am

  18. First of the year is always exciting. It’s good to greet old friends.

    9 April 2008 at 4:16 am

  19. The only place I’m seeing Mourning Cloaks is on blogs! I can’t wait to see ours. I think it’ll still be a few weeks. What a beauty.

    9 April 2008 at 12:32 pm

  20. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Tom!
    I haven’t seen any Mourning Cloaks yet. 🙂

    9 April 2008 at 2:00 pm

  21. Spring is truely wonderful….all of the creatures come out and the wildflowers grow! Beautiful pictures.

    9 April 2008 at 2:54 pm

  22. Yay!!! I’m so excited, I saw coltsfoot yesterday, too!!

    9 April 2008 at 6:27 pm

  23. I’d heard that Mourning Cloaks have been seen in the Chicago area too…I can’t wait to see for myself!

    9 April 2008 at 7:50 pm

  24. @ Linda – I sure hope it is!! My most recent post will be of interest to you with the bluebirds! Glad you were out enjoying nature!
    @ aullori – How sweet that you found a Mourning Cloak! I love that shot also! Thanks!
    @ Bobbie – Thanks and they are fun butterflies!
    @ Vern – Sure is, thanks!
    @ Robin – you should be seeing yours here soon! Thanks
    @ Lisa – thanks and they are such great butterflies!
    @ Chicago – Thanks and expect more butterflies here soon!
    @ Nature Woman – how great! Tout Lillie’s should be soon!
    @ Dave – they are showing up everywhere! I am surprised I didn’t have any Eastern Commas . . they are normally my first for the year butterflies!

    9 April 2008 at 8:51 pm

  25. Great photos–I’m starting to see a lot of butterflies too.

    10 April 2008 at 10:19 am

  26. Marg

    Where is my first Mourning Cloak? Was that it that flew by in Thickson’s in the setting sun-I don’t know!


    10 April 2008 at 1:20 pm

  27. Mel

    Beautiful pictures, as usual 😉

    10 April 2008 at 1:59 pm

  28. @ Joan – Thanks and it is great seeing them again!
    @ Marg – Should see them soon! It’s warming up!
    @ Mel – Thanks

    10 April 2008 at 11:08 pm

  29. Love the Mourning Cloak! Don’t think we have them in these parts; at least I’ve never seen one.

    11 April 2008 at 10:12 am

  30. Grace

    I live the colt’s foot pictures.

    13 April 2008 at 12:07 pm

  31. I can’t believe it-you must have slowed down on blogging because usually I am way behind by the time I read your blog-I finally caught up!

    13 April 2008 at 2:44 pm

  32. Still haven’t seen a mourning cloak this year.

    13 April 2008 at 8:02 pm

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