Monday, October 08, 2007

Monarch Days

I feel a little melancholy
mixed in with the joy.
Each time I see the Monarchs
I know they soon will be gone.
I will miss them too.

In the American Indian spirituality
this is known as, "Butterfly Medicine".

Butterflies speak to me.


Anonymous said...

Every time I see them I wonder, "will you be my last?"! Great photos!

Q said...

Hi Mon@rch,
I too wonder! I find I am taking more and more photos. It is as if I cannot get enough of them.
Today after the rain stopped I had six in the zinnias. These were fresh ones too. I bet they make it to Mexico.
Thank you. I have hundreds maybe thousands, of Monarch pictures.

Deb said...

Thank you for your amazing butterfly photos ~ we will enjoy them while we wait for their return.

Q said...

Dear Deb,
The butterflies have been fun all season! I always "know" they will be back but spring seems so far away when it is cold and snowy outside! I was reading in my November journal from last year and butterflies were still about so maybe I have another month. It all depends on the weather.
I hope the birds are as fun this coming winter as they were last year. I was so excited every day to be outside with them.
I have a few winter projects I want to do too. I could put butterfly slide shows around the house on digital photo frames! I have one in the kitchen and it is very fun.

Mary said...

I think I'm seeing a very large Monarchs. Can you show us your garden in a photo? I'd love to see it from your deck.

Sprite said...


Simply Gorgeous!



Sprite said...


Oh my goodness,

I forgot to say that you are a Butterfly Woman!

I think I said that before though. :)


Q said...

Dear Mary,
I will see what I can do. My deck is about 30 feet across and is two levels, maybe 14 feet deep.
The gardens are all around the perimeter of the house and slowly I am putting in gardens around the property line. The back also has two patios and a large vegetable garden that has paths running through it! So lots of gardens! From my deck I can see all of the backyard gardens but my camera cannot, at least not all at once. This has given me an idea. Maybe I could do a series of photos. Humm... I will see what I can come up with. OR....I could get a wide angle lens! That would be very fun!
I already want a macro lens. Let's see Christmas and birthday are coming up!
Viceroys do look so similiar to the Monarchs. Maybe you can get a photo and I could take a peek. I do know the difference now that the Viceroys are in the gardens.

Q said...

My Dear Sprite,
Thank you. The Monarchs are the largest butterfly now in the gardens. I have not seen a Swallowtail for a week!
I am smitten with all the butterflies. On sunny warm days I usually have a few hundred butterflies. The Skippers are a huge part of that number. Now that the season has changed my numbers are decreasing. One of the many reasons I will miss them is I like all the wings. I have noticed the Sparrows have increased in number. Lots of wings coming and going from the bushes and tress to the feeders.
On the wings of joy,