Sunday, September 04, 2011

Sunday Safari

The Monarch chrysalis is becoming translucent.
I can see her wings.
Soon she will emerge.
We have six more Black Swallowtail caterpillars inside.
All are feeding on Queen Anne's Lace.
The other two are making their chrysalis. 
The Orange Dog, the Giant Swallowtail's caterpillar,
 is twice as big since she came in.
I am watching for when she makes her chrysalis.
A moderate breeze blew all day from the north.
The wind harp sang her lovely song.
The wind spinner danced.
We enjoyed cooler temperatures.
Autumn is coming.

The goldenrod is blooming.

The Dogwood's berries are turning red.

I love watching the butterflies.
When Buckeye scooted Black Tiger off the blossom I laughed.

He is gorgeous and
so is she.

I am spending as much time with her as I am able.
I already know how much I will miss her.

An amazing Butterfly that holds my heart.

The juveniles are growing up.

We fixed Henry up in the vegetable garden.
Our September gardens look perfect.
My friend sent a card.
She is mindful.
She is my kindred spirit.

She also sent a book.
She knows my very core.

We walk together every day.
We walk in the gap.
We walk in spirit.

We have our Sunday Safari.
We have our wishes.
We watch the moon.

Thank you Cheryl for your friendship.
Thank you for your kind ways.
I miss you.

Happy Sunday Safari
Happy September!



I love that you've got so many butterflies that they actually fight over blossoms. Your friend Cheryl sounds like a jewel.

Cheryl said...

My Dear Sherry,

I have tears....I miss you also.
We will always be connected by the fine filligree line that crosses the pond. Friends always.

I also have tears for my butterflies. My garden is still empty and my heart is sad.
I have so many butterfly blooms, but no takers.
Could I ask......I have so many birds at this time. More than in other years, could that be the problem do you think? They are going to safer areas to feed?

I could see the wings also....I will be so excited to see butterfly emerge.

The juveniles are so sweet. A life beginning, lots to learn, first winter ahead. Blessings to the birds and butterflies.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

How exciting to watch the monarch form. It won't be long. We have lost two dogwoods to the drought. I hope no other trees succumb. It is scary here with no rain. Cheryl is a dear. Happy Sunday Safari.

Anonymous said...

Your blog and your photos are truly amazing. Thanks for letting us come along on your safaris.

Judy said...

Sherry, I always love visiting you! My favourite shot this time is the monarch with the orange flower! I love the light coming through wings and petals!
Although the monarch chrysalis is a close second...

Barb said...

I always hope your butterflies are still around to photograph, Sherry - I'll miss yours, too, when they're gone. That Monarch chrysalis is very special. I love Henry!

Rose said...

The chrysalis is beautiful! I've never been lucky enough to see one in my garden before. A cool wind blew through here on Sunday, too, bringing a little much-needed rain and much-appreciated cooler weather. I do feel like autumn has arrived. Such a thoughtful gift from Cheryl; she is a friend to treasure, I agree.

Wendy said...

What a sweetie Cheryl is! It's good to have such dear friends. I had never heard of the Willow Tree sculptures. I'm intrigued and will google them.

Lovely butterfly photos, especially the one with sunlight through the wings.

Happy Sunday Safari

Deb said...

Fabulous post as always Sherry. How fascinating to watch the Monarch chrysalis. Your posts are not only beautiful but educational :-) I always enjoy my visit ♥

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Smukke Sommerfugle.
Tak for kigget.

Mel said...

I haven't stopped by in a while, and this visit to your blog was therapeutic. Your butterflies, birds and gardens are wonderful. This year, for the first time in many years, I found no monarch caterpillars. However, I have seen dozens of Eastern Swallowtails, more than any year in memory. To each species there is an ebb and flow I do not understand, but merely witness.
I was a bit overwhelmed this week, and impulsively stopped by our local butterfly garden, which I had meant to visit all summer. Very cheap therapy, and I felt much happier when I left. I noticed, though, that many of the specimens were quite small, especially the monarchs. Another mystery I suppose. They had 7 luna coccoons which did not hatch. I wanted to cut them open and see if there was life inside, but was sure they'd think I was crazy. I'm going back this week with my camera, if they are still languishing, I'm going to ask anyway.
Thanks for the view into your beautiful gardens and your beautiful friendship.