Revisiting Paulik Park, Richmond

I arrived back in Richmond three days ago, and I have been just relaxing and not doing much outdoor stuff.  Today, after doing some errands for my parents, I drove my mother to Paulik Park to look for some wildlife.  I don't think I have been to this park during any of the summers, so I was surprised to see all the beautiful flowers and pollinators and hummingbirds that were hanging around the garden.

Paulik Park
Almost like a secret garden.

I immediately saw many swallowtails and dragonflies, as well as squeaking sounds from hummingbirds.

I luckily spotted a female Rufous Hummingbird (I think) flying into a tree next to the path, and I happily clicked away through the branches and flowers.

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Closest I've ever been to a hummingbird!

Hungry Flower Fly (Syrphidae)
Walking around, I took photos of insects that I saw visiting the flowers, such as this flower fly.

There were many dragonflies darting back and forth in the air.  Knowing the limitation of my camera, I focus on the ones hanging on vegetation.  Not sure what kind of darners they are.

Blue Darner (Aeshna sp.)

Blue Darner (Aeshna sp.)

Blue Darner (Aeshna sp.)

Blue Darner (Aeshna sp.)

The beautiful and delicate wing venation.

Blue Darner (Aeshna sp.)
The eyes meet broadly on top of the head in darners (Family Aeshnidae).


The Western Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio rutulus) flying around the park were so amazing, especially because I also saw other Papilio spp. (probably Canadian Tiger Swallowtail) up in Ivvavik.

Then close-up of some of the flowers in the park.

Unknown Flower
Torch Lily (Kniphofia uvaria)






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