Why not sit and sip a bit? #Wordless Wednesday #Orangeade!

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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50 Responses to Why not sit and sip a bit? #Wordless Wednesday #Orangeade!

  1. Sandra J says:

    Just gorgeous Linda, and I love the second butterfly. I have not seen any butterfly’s except that one Monarch this year. Those are the same flowers. That is so cool. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Good morning Sandra – glad you liked these photos. The second butterfly was my favorite shot too, as you could see the powder on the wings as it sipped – it was like I wasn’t there, just a foot or two away watching it. I thought it was the same flowers as your photos – that was a beautiful plant. I could not believe how all the blooms had died when I went back to that garden yesterday just 10 days after taking these pictures. I have to look and research a bit if Lantana blooms all Summer, or once then dies. I was mixed about using the photo with the Monarch and Tiger Swallowtail up top as it was not as clear, but it was the only photo with both of them in one photo. I didn’t know where to look first at all this beauty!

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      • Sandra J says:

        I love flower gardens. If there was one around here with a park bench, I would so enjoy sitting there watching all the birds and bees and butterfly’s. How relaxing is that. 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know – at Heritage Park there are different types of benches everywhere and two look to be made of petrified wood. There is no shortage of ways to admire the beauty there. They have concerts at the Gardens every Wednesday night … different groups and they have food vendors, so they usually have it in the pavilion area – now you have to bring your own chair though due to COVID-19.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I noticed down town here they were building an area with these giant cement areas that they filled in with dirt. Last time I went down there they had put a tree in each one of those cement squares. I will have to go down there again to see what exactly that area is. Maybe they put flowers in it also. I might do that today.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Well it sounds nice – will they put the fake coyote there again to keep the geese from going there (which lasted a couple of days and then the geese were roaming around again)?

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      • Sandra J says:

        I walked down to that spot yesterday and the little island is covered with weeds now because the geese have already left the pond anyway. So you can’t even see the fake coyote. But the island looks terrible now with all the weeds. The geese kept all that cleaned up nice before.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, that’s how it looks in the Park now – they have cut it maybe 2 times since it opened on June end. Everything is overgrown and looks raggedy.

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  2. Eliza says:

    I’m jealous that you could capture butterflies. They fly away at my approach.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was lucky here Ellie. This is a volunteer flower garden at Memorial Park. Probably 15-20 years ago, some women planted and tended a rose garden there, then people must’ve lost interest and it languished, full of weeds and looking raggedy for many years. Then, a couple of years ago, some volunteers for the City planted Milkweed to encourage butterflies. I’ve been going over there to see if I can get butterfly shots – there are no Milkweed blooms there yet, but these orange flowers had these two butterflies … they were so busy, they never paid me any attention, though I was just a few feet away from them.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. I’ve been grooving on the color orange this summer, so dare I say these photos are perfect?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked them Ally – the orange flowers and the Monarchs flitting around them were just gorgeous in these raised gardens. And all are tended by volunteers. I I went back yesterday – not a single orange bloom remained. The wind and/or that pelting rain did a number on them.

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  4. bekitschig says:

    These colors are just beautiful Linda!

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  5. Lovely colourful picture – words not needed.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Andy – I got up really close as those butterflies were busy sipping nectar and paid no attention to me so I could capture these vivid colors. You are right – like your sunflowers … no words necessary.

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  6. ruthsoaper says:

    WOW! Such beautiful photos!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Ruth! This is at Memorial Park, a few blocks from me, where volunteers tend to raised bed gardens of perennials. The Monarch and orange flowers were competing for most-vibrant orange color. 🙂

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  7. Joni says:

    Orange is my least favorite nature color, but these are beautiful shots!

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    • Joni says:

      Especially the monarchs! I haven’t seen any here at all, hardly anything other than those small white ones….

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, the orange flower and the Monarch – very vibrant! I was lucky to find the butterflies on this flower at Memorial Park. It is a perennial garden tended to by volunteers who live in this City. I have a Tiger Swallowtail that must like something at or around my house. He/she is always flitting around here. I’ve not seen the white ones (Cabbage Whites) this year either. (It’s not like it has not been hot enough for butterflies.)

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Joni – I can’t say I’m particularly fond of orange either, but this bright orange really grabbed me. 🙂

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  8. Margy says:

    Monarchs! My all time favourites!

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  9. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………….beautiful bright butterflies!……………………………thank you!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked them Ann Marie – these beauties are from the gardens at Memorial Park, tended to by volunteers from the Lincoln Park Green Team. The flowers and butterflies could glow in the dark!

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  10. Your oranges are so vibrant!

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  11. Laurie says:

    Oh, so pretty, Linda. Those Monarchs and Spicebush Swallowtails are just gorgeous!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked them Laurie – I didn’t know there was a Spicebush Swallowtail so I learned something new from you. They were beautiful and paid me no mind as I got closer and closer to them.

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  12. Your blog title is perfect for the pictures!! Lovely shots of the butterfly.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Esther – the photo seemed to scream the color orange, Butterflies are so delicate and gorgeous aren’t they?

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      • We’re huge butterfly fans at this house! Two summers ago, we raised butterflies from a kit we got from a company called InsectLore. The kit arrived with larvae and we went from there. You could look at our pictures from this link: http://singlikewildflowers.com/2017/06/28/butterflies-in-our-house/
        We also raised ladybugs and ants.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        First off, look how your kids have grown in three years! That is interesting how you had the kit and lucky you getting to see the entire metamorphosis! Were the ladybugs and ants kits too? My neighbor Marge and I tried raising Monarchs one year. While she was not experiencing any health issues she had worked at a tea room (where they have psychic readings – she was the hostess). The tea room was part of the City of Wyandotte’s big street fair every year. She was out walking around and saw “Monarch Kits” … she called and asked if I’d like her to buy one for me as she was getting one. It was a milkweeed plant in a big canister and mosquito netting over it. The caterpillars ate through their milkweed in no time and I had to find someone who could “donate” to the cause. At that time no milkweed was at my regular Park where I go daily. We finally had to donate them, half of them already in their crysallis to someone who had unlimited milkweed to give them. That was an interesting post Esther.

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      • I get amazed to see how much they’ve grown in the past few years! They are not toddlers anymore and developing their own personalities. I like how you can talk to them now rationally. When they were younger, it was out of control. For a picture day, Elliot refused to wear a button down shirt…he wore his pajamas for the pictures. I almost lost my marbles that morning as my MIL was coming with us and I could feel her disapproval lurking in the air.
        Yes, you can get kits that provide you with everything you need to raise these insects and amphibians. Yes, they have kits for ladybugs, ants, and praying mantis. You can also get tadpoles through the mail, but they poop so much that you need more than the plastic bowl they send.
        Those caterpillars love Milkweed. I gotta see for myself what this milkweed looks like. The crysalis is am amazing process because they hang upside down in their cocoon. In some cases, they wiggle inside and the crysalis swings from side to side.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The Monarch kit we got did not work as well as we thought it would – it had mosquito netting over it and so was a bit of a pain to water it and you couldn’t put it outside in case the squirrels or a bird pecked the netting to get inside. I had it in the basement and it didn’t get enough sun. My neighbor and I thought it would be a very fun experience but it was not. We pictured the “release date” for our butterflies and it didn’t happen because we gave the kits away to a butterfly enthusiast who was used to taking care of them, had a yardful of milkweed and had released hundreds of Monarchs before. I was at one of the Metroparks last year when a Monarch was going to be released – they walked outside with it on their hand – I caught the tail end of it and rather than take a picture, she was going to transfer it from her hand to mine and take a photo then (either me if possible or someone else and e-mailing it to me) but the butterfly (Monarch) flew off into the woods … if I had only gotten there a few minutes earlier!

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      • I know! It’s always like that with photographs. I’ve had a few of those moments too. And last week, I accidentally deleted all the photos we took on our nature walk. nice, huh?! Always learning the difficult way.
        Hmmm, I wonder why the Monarch kit was unsuccessful although lack of sun might have contributed to that. These kits are not always successful. May ant farm was disastrous; the first tubes of ants all died upon arrival. The next batch thrived and all died within a few days. Frogs…well you know what happened. If you ever want to try again, Insect Lore is pretty good. They give you all the supplies you need and very detailed instructions.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I will remember that name Esther – thank you for the recommendation. It was pretty abysmal and I was so hopeful that I even went and bought a butterfly net to catch it if it flew around the house (if it escaped prematurely) … remember the song “High Hopes”???

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      • Ellis’ hip hop recital song was “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco. But I think you’re referring to the Sinatra. We’re actually playing this song on Goggle Home now. lol They’re humming along to it.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes I was referring to the oldie but goodie. song – I will have to give the other song a whirl though.

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      • Please do! It’s a very upbeat and fast tempo song. You can watch the music video on YouTube and it could make you do a little jig. heheh

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I just went to YouTube – no, I had not heard of that, but watched the video – it is pretty energetic!!

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      • It’s very upbeat and catchy. Last night we were watching a video of her practicing the dance for that song. It was only a year ago but she was much smaller.
        We practiced our butts off…I’m the at-home coach. I needed Advil those nights.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Ha ha – it sounds like a real workout. I notice when you show prior pictures how much the kids have grown!

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  13. I was just talking to my parents about the monarchs. I haven’t seen them yet this year. Great shots of the monarchs and swallowtails!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was lucky to see these Diane – this was at Memorial Park at the volunteer “Green Team” garden. I went to see if there were butterflies at/near the Milkweed, but found these two beauties on what I think is Lantana. They were oblivious to me so I could get really close to them. Glad you liked this.

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