As the rain began to let up yesterday, I headed to the Garden for a walk. Perfect light, minimal crowds despite the Labor Day weekend, and the added bonus of all those beautiful raindrops on flowers and plants. It was also a last chance to peek at the butterflies before the exhibit closes on Monday. The varieties are thinning out now but I did see one new butterfly I hadn't seen before, a Citrus Swallowtail. When the exhibit closes, the structure and plants will remain for next year. They will cover the enclosure with a protective tarp for the winter. Next spring, when the exhibit is preparing to open again, those plants that did not survive the winter have to be bagged and destroyed according to Department of Agriculture strict rules since butterflies from all over the world have touched those plants.
A few photographs from the Rose Garden. What is it about raindrops on petals, especially roses, that is so beautiful?
Something about these roses, despite their signs of decay, is so stunning. Some nature photographers feel you have to search for "perfect specimens" to photograph, but I feel there is fascination and beauty in all stages of life.