Saturday, September 30, 2023

"Self-propelled flowers" among autumn flowers

 When the air changed suddenly last weekend around the Autumn Equinox,
 I walked around to breathe in crisp air and watched butterflies flitting around 
from flower to flower at the Kyoto Botanical Garden and in my neighborhood.

"Butterflies are self-propelled flowers."

ナミアゲハ, Papilio Xuthus, Asian Swallowtail

 ヒョウモンチョウ, Brenthis daphne, Marbled Fritillary

The backside of the wings of the Marbled Fritillary

ツマグロヒョウモン, Argyreus hyperbius, Indian Fritillary (female)

Then I got enthralled by the green reflections on a pond with shimmering water and ripples.

Oil painting touch

Looks like mosaics of broken glasses

The three butterflies below are small-sized and discreet in colors.
They are ofen seen in my garden and my neighborhood.

モンキチョウ, Colias erate, Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow

シジミチョウ, Lycaenidae 

コチャバネセセリ, Thoressa varia

By the way, オニヤンマ, Anotogaster sieboldii (Selys, 1954), or Golden-ringed Dragonfly is 
the largest species of dragonfly native to Eastern Asia, especially Japan. 

The realistic-looking Insect Repellent Dragonfly as large as the real one
 is for mountaineering, mountain stream fishing, camping, or outdoor activities.
I use safety pin for attaching it to my hat or backpack.
It is useful to avoid gnats and horseflies but unfortunately not for mosquitos.

The refreshing air of the last weekend was ephemeral.
Though September is going to be over, it still doesn't feel like autumn
 with the summer sun and sultry air.
Various many subtle signs of autumn, however, make me feel autumn is 
around the corner.



  1. Hello Yoko,
    Your walk at the garden looks beautiful. Gorgeous captures of the butterflies and the dragonfly. The flowers are all beautiful. Lovely post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  2. ...Yoko, you saw and captured some gorgeous butterflies. I see swallowtails, but not black ones. Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

  3. Gorgeous captures of the butterflies!

  4. I never thought of butterflies that way but it a lovely metaphor. You took some gorgeous photos. wearing a fake dragon fly to ward off insects is something new too.

  5. Gorgeous pictures !!! The butterflies are gorgeous !!!! It's so hard to have time to take pictures of them before they fly away...
    Have a lovely weekend !

  6. These are such pretty pictures of the fluttering flowers, stardust. Butterflies always remind me of the Carl Sagan quote: "We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever."

  7. They are all so beautiful! I love the one that looks somewhat lavender. Lovely flowers too. This is a very 'feel good' post! Thanks, Diane

  8. Dear Yoko!
    I am delighted with your perfect photos.
    I admire the reflections on the water and the beautiful butterflies.
    Warm, autumn and warm greetings to you :)

  9. Bellísimas fotografías de mariposas, y de flores, que asombrosa variedad hay allá en tu tierra. Un lugar fascinante y asombrosamente bello.

  10. Love the intricate and mesmerizing details of the butterflies.🦋
    Happy Monday, Yoko!

  11. Your photos are absolutely exquisite. They bring a lot of joy. enjoy your week Yoko!

  12. fabulous images of rhe butterflies and reflections. Enjoy your week. I am joining you ar Mosaic Monday.

  13. Beautiful butterflies and beautiful photos. B x

  14. Your photos are exquisite, the colors are so vivid too. It is not easy to catch butterflies for photos, at least not for me, and you show so many. The other watercolor type scenes are so peaceful as well.

  15. Love the first quote. Indeed, butterflies are like angels in the air...

    Happy MosaicMonday

    Thank you so much being part at

    Have a fine week. Greetings by Heidrun

  16. Beautiful butterflies and lovely reflections.

    All the best Jan

  17. 蜜を吸いにきてる蝶たち、表情豊かに撮れましたね!どれも可愛い。

  18. Magnificent and exceptionally beautiful shots of butterflies dear Yoko !
    you have way with lenses Wow i am AMAZED
    loved the tranquil and soothing reflection photos they indeed are special and AWESOME
    more blessings

  19. How you capture these fleeting images is a permanent mystery to me. Amazing pictures! I also like the reflections and your figure of speech: like mosaics of broken glasses. Can I defend those nice three species from your neighbourhood? The word ‘discreet’ somehow limits their presence in noble community of butterflies.
    Thank you for this wonderful walk, Yoko. And please enjoy summer feeling of your autumn.
    P.S. I would so much want such a hat!))

  20. Maravilla de fotos Yoko. Precioso paseo. Me encantan las mariposas y hay que ser muy rápida para pillarlas y tienes suerte de poder verlas en tu jardín. Gracias por compartir
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

  21. You have posted some beautiful images here Yoko. You are lucky to have so many butterflies. I think the butterflies have gone to warmer climates from here as the cooler weather has started. And no more humming birds.... they are all on their way to S America.

  22. Just stopping back to wish you a wonderful new week ahead.

  23. How wonderful to have the botanic garden near your home! I think you must be a butterfly whisperer - they never hold still when I'm trying to photograph them. I love your dragonfly pin!


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