Instead of writing about getting back to organizing as I planned, today’s post is about my all-time favorite butterfly.
Monarch butterflies have always been my favorites. I’ve always wanted (still do) to go the area in Mexico where they gather during the winter/spring migration. We see monarchs passing through our area fairly regularly starting in September until usually mid-October. However, I’ve never seen more than 2 or 3 at a time.
Why go to the butterflies when they’ll come to you!
I ran back inside to get turn off what I was cooking on the stove and grab the camera! We called over some neighbors (and the rest of our family) to see the gathering of the butterflies.
I had some trouble finding a good camera setting for them. A gray cold front moved through starting last night. And we were losing light fast plus a few rain drops pelted us every once in a while. I went back out this morning and took some photos using the camera’s auto setting and the flash.
Then, I had to run J to school and go to a hair appointment for myself. The butterflies were still here when I arrived home. However, they were slowly starting to flap their wings and carry on with their southward journey.
They didn’t leave in one large swirling butterfly cloud as I thought they might. Rather, periodically, one would begin flapping it’s wings for a bit before soaring high in the sky and circling away. This tree is the butterfly tree:
I sat on my boys’ swing set watching as the butterflies departed. Running inside once to grab some finger-less gloves and a jacket. Did I mention a cold front moved in over night? It’s cold! Listening to the squirrels busily gathering their acorns. I would have stayed outside until the last butterfly departed but then this happened:
Are you looking at me? Different tree from my butterfly tree but close enough to me that I decided to go inside. (Confession: I’m a bit afraid of raccoons. Especially ones that come out and stare at me during the day!)
Goodbye, sweet butterflies! You can be our backyard overnight guests any time!