A very special visitor came to my garden today:
I am so thrilled. I've designed my garden to be a bee and butterfly garden, and this means I've done it right. The phlox is the flower the butterfly is on, and it just bloomed earlier this week. The butterfly is a giant swallowtail, the largest kind of butterfly found in Canada, rare in Canada, usually found only in Southern Ontario at Point Pelee when it does come. Only recorded once before in Ottawa, in 1992, according to the Butterflies of Canada government site I found. So I am awed and feel like I've been visited by a very special butterfly indeed. (You can click on the photo to make it bigger.)
I am having a lazy, lovely sunny Sunday, and am about to settle down with Devil's Peak by Deon Meyer, one of his early mysteries featuring Benny Griessel. I hope you have wonderful surprises in store for you today, and a lazy day as well.