September 13, 2020

In Bloom #24 + Tall Ironweed and Swallowtail Butterfly

I look forward towards the end of summer for the purple blooms of the Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) to appear in a clearing not far from the garden spot  And, what a delight to see this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, South Carolina's official state butterfly, dining on the blooms.  

Tall Ironweed

Happy Sunday,


  1. Beautiful! I don’t think we see a lot of swallowtails here as often as monarchs.

  2. Perfect photographic moment, Paige. Just lovely!