I thought I loved lavender, but this beauty was outside my studio window for nearly an hour earlier and having a fleeting good time tasting one specimen after another.
Outside I went in an attempt to photograph and chased it around the garden, until finally it returned here to where we started. I think it wanted to play? Ok, fine with me.
The Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) may be considered a common swallowtail butterfly, but I think it is extraordinary.