Beautiful yellow and black with blue highlights, swallowtail butterfly on Chinese lilac.

Chinese Lilac and Swallowtail Butterfly

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Close up of a yellow and black swallowtail butterfly on a Chinese lilac, a purple lilac color.

Swallowtail butterfly in Trinity county, California

 

 

 

I love both this flower, and the butterfly.  The butterflies, Swallowtails you see all around Trinity and Shasta counties, and all of California.

The flower on the other hand, I have only seen in Trinity county along the Trinity river.  My mother called it a Chinese Lilac but I am not sure that is what it is.  We didn’t plant it, and it just came up along the river.  The insects and butterflies do love it.

Please if you know the actual name of the flower let me know.  It is also very fragrant.

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Flowers with insects, at the Sundial Bridge and Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

I went on another trip to the Sundial Bridge and Turtle Bay Gardens in Redding, California  This local attraction is free, that is the wonderful part.  The bridge is free, the walking and biking trails are free, and consequently they actually go through all the way to the Shasta Dam from the bridge.   It offers so much, exploration park, museum, cafe, outdoor playground for children, old monolith, animals, and a seasonal butterfly exhibition.  It is quite spectacular and you could easily spend a few hours there with your family or friends.

Butterfly at the McConnel Arboretum and Botanical Garden along withe beautiful sage.
Sundial of the Sundial bridge, and some purple flowers of the botanical gardens.
The bridge from a higher point.