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Saturday, May 25, 2019

"Saturday in the park..." (AGAIN)

Every time I spend part of my Saturday in Central Park or in Riverside Park, I think of the hit song (Saturday In The Park) by the band Chicago and it is something I've written about in prior entries here on Blogger; you may reference them by clicking here.

I thought of Chicago's song again this morning when I was in an area of Central Park's Conservatory Gardens, and came upon the Burnett Memorial Fountain. A partial view of it is featured in the photographs atop this entry and as you can see a male Northern cardinal is enjoying certain features of this sculpture which is part of the fountain.

A web-page for Central Park explains that "This lovely garden sculpture and fountain honors the well-known children’s book author Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924). Designed by Parks’ Chief Consulting Architect Aymar Embury II (1880-1966), with statues by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955), the memorial was created in 1936."

Not too far from the sculpture, a butterfly known as a Polygonia interrogationis was alighting on a flower as seen in the set of images directly below.

According to Wikipedia, the Polygonia interrogationis has the common name of question mark. On a page dedicated to this insect, Wiki states, "Polygonia interrogationis, the question mark, is a North American nymphalid butterfly. It lives in wooded areas, city parks, generally in areas with a combination of trees and open space. The color and textured appearance of the underside of its wings combine to provide camouflage that resembles a dead leaf. The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 4.5–7.6 cm (1.8–3.0 in). Its flight period is from May to September. 'The silver mark on the underside of the hindwing is broken into two parts, a curved line and a dot, creating a ?-shaped mark that gives the species its common name.'" Today was my first encounter with a Polygonia interrogationis. 

Prior to this my experience seeing a butterfly in action has been with the American Lady variety, who is featured in volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

As of this posting, Father's Day will be here in less than one month's time; and you may want to consider giving these books to anyone that you know who happens to be a father.

After all, Father's Day is for the birds as evidenced by the male cardinal (Mac) seen in the photo below spending time with his daughter (Peanut).

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