It was just a few short months ago that we were bombarded with hurricanes here. I remember how I felt after Frances played such havoc on so many trees in my neighborhood especially to the one below, right in my own back yard. It snapped off even with the ground.
This tree has always been one of my favorites, in the fall it gets covered in beautiful yellow flowers and attracts large numbers of yellow butterflies to the back yard.
I am happy to say that the tree was destined to survive against all odds. It sprouted back up with a vengeance it had sure intention to be in full bloom right on time to attract the butterfly, that laid the egg, that turned into the amazing yellow caterpillar below.
The caterpillar will shed it's skin several times before reaching full size and then wander off a few yards and become a pupae, hanging upside down in a safe place while it transforms it's self into a beautiful butterfly and then the process is started all over again. Amazing, right?
This is a close up look at the beautiful flowers. It's hard not to feel happy when you look at these bright yellow beauties.
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