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Monday, August 22, 2011

Finally got some to upload. Never had a problem before. Couldn't get them all but you can see most of what Bill had to do. First he had to take everything out.Then he enlarged it a little which meant some digging to get grass etc out. Then he had to level it all out.Next was plastic and then many heavy bags of little stones. Then all of plants had to be replaced and rearranged. The 2 plants we put in earth box are already looking better.
here are 2 crotons we got yesterday to put out by fence
And here is one more plant I picked up.
And this Monarch stopped by too.

Ok Thats it.It has taken me an hour to get this done. I have never had a problem before.
I hope you had a good weekend and that you are all doing ok.

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FLORIDASUN 8/25/2011 10:08AM! What a beautiful and joyous garden for all of your little butterfly friends! I'm going to have to put on my thinking cap and design a little something to add to that fancy garden. Of course it will HAVE to be butterfly inspired. Stay tuned...Christmas is coming darling friend...Christmas is coming! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWSTART127 8/23/2011 12:27AM

    Looks beautiful, Eleni! You and Bill have done a great job with the garden! emoticon

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/22/2011 11:29PM

    Silly question perhaps.. but why do you choose to not plant anything in the ground?

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SHAY72 8/22/2011 8:41PM

    It looks really nice. hope youhave agreat rest of the week. I have that same statue of the boy and girl also, I saw it and had to have it.

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    What a lovely backyard! I am so jealous!
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PATRICIAANN46 8/22/2011 8:03PM

  Hi Eleni..........
It was great before and looks even better now. What a hard worker Bill is.........and in all of the heat too. You are a lucky girl, but I know that you know that.
Thanks for sharing your pictures. Someday I will figure out how to get mine loaded and will share my gardens with YOU.
Take care.

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LOSINIT52 8/22/2011 6:59PM

    Very peaceful looking. A little oasis right in your own back yard.

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REXTINE1 8/22/2011 6:18PM

    Those are great pictures. For some reason I haven't been getting noitces of your blogs - I must have skipped one sometime and been taken off the list. Fortunately, I'm sure you have plenty of other friends, so I won't feel too bad.

I hope you had a good day today.

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DEE107 8/22/2011 5:23PM

    WOO HOO MR BILL what a great job and thanks for sharing the pictures and butterflies

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MIZCATHI 8/22/2011 3:27PM

    So nice, how lucky to have a man who does what you tell him to do! My guy is not a "planner" but I am still a fortunate woman. It's just a little harder to light a fire under him. The garden is very nice and obviously a source of much joy. Green grass - wow! This year we are breaking last year's record of over 60 days straight of 100+ degree days. It's been months since we had any significant rainfall.

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KATIE233 8/22/2011 3:14PM

    Bill did a great job. nice flowers, maybe that is the monarch that was reborn in the garden. hope you got something good for Bill for supper he ,s going to be was Roxy out there too watching.checking it all out?take care and have a super day.hugs

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GLORYB2014 8/22/2011 1:00PM

    Bill has done a beautiful job with the gardens Eleni, now you can both sit back and enjoy!
Beautiful photos here again, I am enjoying them right along with you!
Thank you for sharing with us!

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SMILINGEYES2 8/22/2011 12:53PM

    You have done some awesome work on creating this lovely place to enjoy nature. Makes you breath easier and relax looking at it.

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CANBDONE 8/22/2011 12:04PM

    Eleni and Bill's Wildlife how it turned out!

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MPARKER67 8/22/2011 11:46AM

    As always, beautiful, beautiful pics.

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Grocery Day and Hummingbird Garden

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Just got home from grocery store short while ago. Put stuff in fridge but didn't prep it all yet. Or rewrap meat for freezer. Got me some fresh shrimp for supper.I have been making shrimp and yellow rice but think I will make some kind of pasta dish with shrimp.
It is looking cloudy outside so we might get some more rain.
Bill finished the hummingbird garden and as usual he did a nice job. I have 2 bee balm plants coming in another month and one will go out there but the garden is complete for now. .It now is a little bigger and has the little stones instead of wood chips which I don't like.
Ok I can't get pictures to upload.It keeps saying file too large. It has to be spark as they resize auto and it isn't. It took one pic but not the others.So I will try later or tomorrow.
I managed to get rid of excess fluid and ended up with a 2# loss which sounds right.
Some of you may remember Haven.My daughters friends little girl.

This is actually a weed but I thought it was pretty

And my great grand daughter Abigail

Ok nothing new. Oh I forgot to tell you I won the domino game we were playing.It was close tho.LOL Today my oldest son William is 48. Wow.That is hard to believe. Time is just going by too fast.
Hope you are enjoying the day today

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FLORIDASUN 8/25/2011 10:13AM

    Whoop da on that 2 lb loss! emoticonI thought I'd come back home from vacation at least 5-10 pounds heavier. I ate anything and everything I wanted...well NOT everything! But hallaulah...I was only 1 pound heavier. Hard to believe but all of the walking and worrying must have revved up my metabolism. Yay..for nervous energy right? emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/22/2011 7:57PM

  Hi Eleni.........
Leave it to you..........even your weeds bloom and look good!!!!!
The little girls are beautiful. We took my youngest son and his girlfriend pontooning last night and she brought her 6 week baby girl, Sadie, along. We all got to hold her and it was good to have such a little one with us again.
Congratulations on the 2# loss. It is a great reward when the losses start to show.
Isn't it fun to win?!? Ken isn't a sore loser, but I can tell he isn't happy when I win.

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MPARKER67 8/22/2011 10:51AM

    Love how babies can sleep anywhere. Spent the weekend at my sisters on Lake Michigan. It rained most of Saturday but we did get to sit on the deck in the evening and on Sunday morning. I love watching the waves come in but I won't go in the water as:
1 too cold
2 too much sand
Give me a pool anyday. I wish I had brought my camera. There were lots of sailboats out and when the sun was shing for a few brief periods it was just an awesome view.

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ELAINEANNE1 8/22/2011 10:32AM

Love the photos and the hummingbird garden sounds great. emoticon emoticon

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SHAY72 8/22/2011 7:08AM

    emoticon job on the lost pounds. Glad to hear all is good with you and your family. Hope you have a great rest of the week .

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MIZCATHI 8/22/2011 6:02AM

    Yay, a 2 lb loss! Fantastic!

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KATIE233 8/22/2011 12:03AM

    nice pics, glad you got out to get some groceries got to have them. glad you got the fluid down and u lost 2 lbs. keep doing the good work. have you been doing your exercising video,s?garden looks great. hope you will see lots of butterflies and hummers and other birds and snakes thou!or mice!none of those!well tv time catch you all later bye.

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DEE107 8/21/2011 10:18PM

    glad you did your shopping and the two little girls are so cute

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LOSINIT52 8/21/2011 10:07PM

    Mmmmmm....we are having fresh shrimp and corn on the cob we bought at market today. Haven is a regular little gal and Abigail is growing quickly too.
Happy birthday to your son and a belated happy birthday to Angelina.
And congrats to you on the 2# loss. Keep up the good work and thank you again for your continued support. emoticon emoticon

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    Your 2 pound weight loss:
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I think your shrimp dinners sound delicious!

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CANBDONE 8/21/2011 6:14PM

    I bought scallops last week and shrimp the week before. I saute them in olive oil, lemon pepper, garlic, and a little dill. I usually have them with brown rice.

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GLORYB2014 8/21/2011 5:51PM

    I love the 'weed', it's really pretty. Sweet little girls too. Sounds like you've had a full day Eleni, rest well tonight.
And congratulations on the 2 lb loss, that is great! I'm totally bloated and swollen today from having Chinese food last night. It takes a while for all that sodium to go away too!
Happy birthday to your oldest son and yes, time has a way of flying right past us!!

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LINOVER 8/21/2011 5:34PM

    Congratulatinos on the 2# loss. Your great granddaughter is adorable. Hope you have a great day!

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TILLIEBEE 8/21/2011 4:34PM

    Enjoy your yummy dinner and thanks for the blog!
I love to look at your little great grand daughter. She looks like a baby doll! The bow is too cute!

Happy Sunday!!!

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JILL313 8/21/2011 4:33PM

    It sounds like you're having a busy day!! I am so happy that you are down 2#s--WOO HOO! It's very warm here today in the mid 80s but it sure could be a lot worse. Will you share your rain? The children are so Beautiful! I can't wait to see the pictures of your Garden and I'm so glad you are pleased with what Bill did! Enjoy your evening!



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Very Hot Saturday

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This was temp this afternoon on the patio in the shade. This is one reason my flowers are not blooming good.
Bill is working on my hummingbird garden. He has to do it in stages because of heat.
Quiet day here. Scale is still stuck but feet are swollen so I know I have a lot of fluid.
Going to make this one a short one.Hope you are enjoying your weekend.It seems to be going by fast.

And big momma gets more blooms every day

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MICKEY341 8/21/2011 3:46PM

    Sorry about your 100 degree weather...we are at 106 and climbing!!! We have had 85 day of 100+ temps. this summer and NO rain! I am so ready for autumn! Everything here has burned up! We are trying to keep trees alive!
As always, I love your pictures. You do so good. I never have a camera with me when I see something interesting. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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KAY-KADUNKA 8/21/2011 2:03AM

    Wow what I would give for that heat here downunder.
I absolutely loathe the cold and just cannot get motivated for anything, even my daily workouts are an effort, but only till I start and then all the buttons go to "on".

Stay inside Eleni and try and get rid of that fluid. Feet up girl.


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KATIE233 8/20/2011 11:12PM

    nice flowers, i,m surprised Bill is out there at all in that heat? Bill!!! get inside and have a drink of water or orange juice.that is hot. it only got to 82 here and we had a little storm tonight put hydro out for a few minutes long enough i got to set my alarm clock and micro- wave.parsnips with my carrots and onions, celery and the roast was very good.parsnips are just like carrots but white and a little taste to them but good for you. good in stews and roast don,t get alot in a bag maybe 4 or 5 of them so it don,t take long to use them up.try them you might like them.well take care and stay inside.

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DEE107 8/20/2011 10:55PM

    thanks for the great pictures and hot hot hot

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    All the recent photos you've taken are so beautiful. I have really been enjoying them!
It's still been hot here, but it seems like the humidity level may be decreasing a little bit.

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GLORYB2014 8/20/2011 8:23PM

    These pictures are Beautiful! I've never seen a black butterfly, do you see many of them?

Hot here today too and a gentle rain is just starting but may turn into thundershowers!

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JILL313 8/20/2011 8:20PM

    Try to stay indoors as that's too hot to be in the heat. It's somewhere in the 80s here so I can't complain. Enjoy your evening!



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PATRICIAANN46 8/20/2011 7:06PM

  Hi Eleni.........
The black butterfly on the white flower is beautiful!!! Do you know what kind it is?

We have been lucky temperature-wise here the past 2 weeks. The temps and the humidity have been lower and it has been wonderful!!!!! I actually have energy.....

I have told my husband about Big Momma!!!!!!! I am not sure that he believes me when I tell him how good you are with orchids, so when he gets home later, I am showing him this picture.

Take care and try to stay cool.

PS........I am looking closer at the black butterfly and wondering if it is a moth???

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CANBDONE 8/20/2011 6:22PM

    That orchid belongs in a magazine! My step-dad grew one like that several years ago.

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IONA72 8/20/2011 6:15PM

    i would love a few days of hot weather, just not happening here in England!

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-CHERYL 8/20/2011 6:04PM

    Beautiful flowers! I live in Kissimmee, it's been baking hot, lots of thunderstorms. Me and my husband have got up early and gone swimming until the sun gets to high, then it in the AC! Even walking at night has been too hot!

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LOSINIT52 8/20/2011 5:49PM

    Wow! You could work up a sweat doing nothing in that heat. Have a great week end.

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1YEARJOURNEY 8/20/2011 5:47PM

    Very hot where I live too, stay hydrated and enjoy the garden.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

39 years ago today my beautiful daughter Angelina was born.
Bill worked some on my hummingbird garden, He has the circle of bricks down. I had him enlarge it just a little. We are going to put the stones in it too as I like that. Since we have finally given up on growing veggies I am going to use the earth box out there.I will put 3 of my hummingbird plants in it. I have some more monarda or bee balm coming but they won't ship it til Oct.
We made a trip to Wal-Mart and I was much better than usual. I mainly went as I wanted some new steak knives. Got them and a new pair of kitchen scissors. Bill wanted to get something there but he couldn't remember what it was. He thought if he walked around he would remember but he didn't emoticon
We did get some bread to go with supper tonight.Crock pot beef and boiled potatoes. As a treat for Bill I went on internet and found recipe for Carrabba olive oil spices. So i made him some and he was in heaven. I had 1 slice of bread and just a little but it tastes just like theirs.
Ok nothing new.Scale still isn't moving altho I have been below 1600 calories every day. Frustrating.

Ok just a few pics today. The butterfly pics are all the same guy. Roxy was helping me at the window to make sure I do it right.

Hope you had a good day.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/20/2011 7:00PM

  Hi Eleni........
My oldest son is also 39.
I laughed out loud at Bill's walking around Walmart to see if he could remember what it was he wanted. I have done that more times than I care to admit.
Do your clothes feel any different? Do you measure yourself and has that changed? I get so discouraged relying only on the scale that I have begun to use other ways.
What would we do without our furry friends to keep us in line? I have not one but two checking on me at all times.
Have a great weekend.

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SHAY72 8/20/2011 2:41PM

    You did it right,you can see the look of approval on her face(lol)

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FLORIDASUN 8/20/2011 1:46PM

    Happy birthday to that darling daughter of yours! She is a lucky girl to have such a smart momma bear in her corner!

Love your pics, really spectacular as always. I love your Bill stories..he always makes me laugh!

Roxy is the viligant little companion...makes me want a dog someday. I'd like to rescue one of the retired grayhounds that they race at a track near our home. They are the sweetest little things and have had such a crappy life all cooped up in a small cage and then being prodded to race until their owners think they are no longer useful. Just sad to me!

But in the meantime we have our sassy little brown boy Keanu that is getting very spoiled by not one...but two catsitters who come into check on him and keep him company while we are away. Love that sweet kitty cat and miss him GOBS!

We'll see him tomorrow night late...woo hoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MALAMUTEGIRLIE 8/20/2011 11:35AM

    about the scale... maybe its to few calories for the body and therefor its not going down? or maybe some other changes needs to be done, the body gets used to our eating after a while I have learned. hope you will find a soloution soon :)
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DEE107 8/20/2011 12:14AM

    pictures are nice and Hugs good luck with losing

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KATIE233 8/19/2011 11:13PM

    hi Eleni,my dear friend! that is what i,m cooking tomorrow i got a sirloin roast and going to put in potatoes onions, celery, parnips and carrots.maybe i,ll go and find some garlic bread too for supper. or not!lov lov your butterfly pictures on a bright yellow flower. Miss Roxy is wondering what you are doing.or is it she wants her picture taken too.good idea putting yur flowers in those boxes Bill made for you some time ago. better use them aeh!well take care and have a super day tomorrow. emoticon emoticon lots lots of tomatoes yummmy!

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GLORYB2014 8/19/2011 7:27PM

    Happy Birthday to your daughter Angelina! My youngest will be 39 in November and that seems so YOUNG to me, lol.

The photos of the butterfly are beautiful and the colors of it and the flower is such a gorgeous contrast!

It's nice to see Roxy so interested in what you do Eleni!

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/19/2011 6:33PM

    Roxy sure takes good care of you. Love the butterfly photos. Sandy

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JILL313 8/19/2011 5:58PM

    HB to Angelina and what a beautiful name you gave her, I just love that name and you don't hear it very often! Don't be discouraged about the scale and like some have said maybe see if your clothes are losier or take your measurements and go more by that. As always, I love your beautiful pictures. I sure need some sharper knives myself as mine are so dull it's like using a regular knife--LOL. Are you able to walk around holding onto the basket at Wal-Mart or do you use a walker? I'm in a Walker and not up to going to ours as it's almost always a zoo there.



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TILLIEBEE 8/19/2011 5:50PM

    39 seems so young to me now! emoticon

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Birth of a Butterfly

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This time i got the parts I didn't with first one. From the time i found the purple pupa til it flew into tree was 2 hours. I took about 125 pics.Cut that down to 96 and then down to 29.This will be a test to see how many i can get on one blog.
8-11 the beginning 8-15 8-17
8-18 What I found at 8:45 this morning

Seconds after it came out
Wings opening 1st time detaching from pupa completely detached
first full open One of my favorites
Seconds before it flew tree it flew to remains of pupa
It took 7 days to get to where it was ready to come out. 2 hours to hatch and fly away.I am proud of these pics as i really don't have much patience but I sat outside with camera on it for 2 hours.
As an extra bonus I just saw a huge beautiful swallowtail stop for a few seconds outside.Couldn't get pic but it will come back

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    Thanks for sharing these! I wonder if you could sell the pictures to a nature magazine. :)

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FLORIDASUN 8/20/2011 1:39PM

    Holy tomatoe...what a beautiful journey and that you documented for all of to see is absolutely amazing.

I think your devotion to this process is incredible...I still think you should be getting paid for this..yes I do..these pics are breathtakingly gorgeous!

I'm going to look at butterflys in an entirely different way now thanks to you sweet friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUELLRIDER 8/19/2011 4:25PM

    I've never seen a butterfly born. They hang around my milkweed plants. You were so fortunate. Great pictures! emoticon

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LAURIEANNIE1 8/19/2011 2:48PM

    Beautiful pictures and thank you for sharing them with all of us.

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LOSINIT52 8/19/2011 11:27AM

    Pretty amazing isn't it! Birth in general seems mind boggling. The birth of a butterfly is certainly beautiful.

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KATIE233 8/19/2011 12:08AM

    sorry to here your arm is sore, but i bet it was worth it. i,m glad you got it all i,ve never seen it all before ever. other than your pictures they are all wonderful. thanks for sharing a wonderful life being of my favorite butterflies.i have learnt something from it is over with you can rest that arm and put a heat pad on it.thanks for getting all on camera and being out in the heat you are brave! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/18/2011 10:51PM

  Hi Eleni.........
You have missed your calling. I know that you could work for Birds and Blooms or some other nature magazine. Your photos are amazing!!!!!
emoticon for sharing them with us.

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DEE107 8/18/2011 10:34PM

    thanks for sharing never saw this before

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SHAY72 8/18/2011 9:13PM

    pretty cool pix,thanks for sharing

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GLORYB2014 8/18/2011 7:05PM

    Amazing photos! And this is the very first butterfly I've ever seen coming from the pupa! I'll always think of these pictures when I see a butterfly now.

Eleni, you've given me wo many 'firsts' and I thank you for that! And thank you for sharing all these beautiful photos on your blogs. You've got an abundance of patience to sit there for two hours to watch it emerge!

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CANBDONE 8/18/2011 7:00PM

    These pictures take my breath away...on so many levels! The beauty of rebirth and leaving the old shell behind, the miracle of creation, and your patience!

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DICHTAS2 8/18/2011 6:18PM

  AMAZING!!!You have more patience than I have..Good pictures.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/18/2011 5:32PM

    I agree with all the others! These are the best pictures of a butterfly emerging that I've ever seen!

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TILLIEBEE 8/18/2011 5:20PM

    You should be winning awards for your keen photography and patience. It is so amazing to see these gorgeous photos and know you were watching it happen.

Your backyard is as fascinating as the baby eagles and hummingbirds. Thank you sooooooo much for sharing!!!!!

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/18/2011 4:36PM

    What a way to catch mother nature, a beautiful thing to watch. Thank you for sharing. Hope your have a wonderful day watching your butterflies. Sandy

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MIZCATHI 8/18/2011 4:35PM

    absolutely AWESOME!

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MPARKER67 8/18/2011 4:33PM

    That is so amazing. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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HOPEFUL2DAY! 8/18/2011 3:59PM

    That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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WISDOM73 8/18/2011 3:56PM

    Hi! Your pictures are magnificent. I was never given the opportunity to see a butterfly be born. I have now through your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing such delicate beauty.

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