Zinnias and butterflies

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I like the bold, colorful blooms of zinnias.

Zinnia bouquet

My brother, who lives on a farm in southern Missouri, likes them too, and plants a long row of them each summer. Their many blossoms create a bright spot, even on cloudy days.

Zinnias

He also enjoys the butterflies that the zinnias attract. While visiting him recently, I was pleasantly surprised to see a wide variety of butterflies nectaring on the flowers. Here’s a sampling of what I saw.

Butterfly collage

With the coming of fall, I know there will be fewer butterflies and flowers, and I enjoyed this last splash of summer. I also know the colors of fall are right around the corner.

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