Friday, October 22, 2010


"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."  ~Hans Christian Anderson

Yesterday my yard was filled with Monarch butterflies sipping nectar from our salt bushes down by the water, energizing themselves for the remainder of their migration to Mexico. I've never seen so many of them here before. Usually one or two at a time in the garden. But this was real Monarch Madness!

I made a movie with music, but I can't seem to download it. I'll work on it. 

We have several of these salt bushes down by the water, and the Monarchs loved them. 

Wings open, wings closed, upright and sideways. 

A very pretty sight.

A Monarch ladder.

First you crawl, then you fly. I don't know what kind of caterpillar this is to the left, except that it is not a Monarch caterpillar. I'll have to watch and see what kind of butterfly it turns into.

Sipping Nectar.



  1. Aren't they spectacular? I love to go over to the beach and just see them in swarms.

  2. I would be so exciting and happy to experience such sight in private. I am impressed and delighted with these wonderful photos which I cannot stop looking at. I enlarged every photo to enjoy more and more…
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Oh wow, this is simply marvellous.

  4. Thanks for sharing this!...the experience & awesome photography!
    Other artists told me about the welcome invasion.
    My yard only hosted dragonflies- cool to watch in the evening, way too many to count, like stars. Made me wish to see some lightening bugs. Maybe you are currently catching those up north.?


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