The temperature outside as I type is 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). The worst part about winter in Kentucky is that all of January and most of February is gray. Glimpses of the sun are rare. Everybody gets depressed and ill tempered probably because we are all starved for vitamin D. Winter brings an extra layer of frustration since I developed eczema. The cold, dry air makes eczema worse, and I am unable to wear sweaters because they aggravate my skin. I just keep layering long sleeve cotton t-shirts to fortify myself against the cold. To counter my gray mood, I scrolled through my 2019 pictures and am sharing my favorites with you. Think of this post as honey flavored eye candy. Enjoy.
I am obsessed with taking pictures of bumble bees on flowers. I think bumble bees are the most photogenic of bees. Top picture is a sunflower from the garden followed by a Rose of Sharon and then a marigold.
In 2019 I started making a conscious effort to promote habitat for the monarch butterfly. See below for a picture of the butterfly weed (a variety of milkweed) that finally took hold in the garden. Our efforts were rewarded this year when a monarch caterpillar made its home in my flower garden. We will work to maintain the milkweed in our large scale pollinator habitat as well.
Stay warm everyone. Spring will be here soon.