When my daughter was tiny she used to called them flutterbyes which, when you think of it of it is actually more descriptive than butterflies. They can be difficult to photograph but this one was very cooperative and posed for the closeup. You can see other images and buy prints and apparel at my commercial gallery.
It is around this time of year that I get desperate for Spring and begin to look for signs of Spring returning to the mountains. Last week I saw and heard a Pileated Woodpecker. They don’t leave for long and are usually the first birds back to the area. Soon the winter birds will start to leave and fly north. Then the Robins will return. All these birds can fool you however, they can all handle a little cold and snow. You know its really spring when you see the hummingbirds and I can’t wait for their return. You can buy prints of these images and see others by clicking here.