What’s Going On Wednesday: Witnessing A Monarch Miracle

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.

So you can imagine my surprise when last night J suddenly yelled, “Mom, come here quick!” And I stepped outside to see this in a backyard tree: 

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: 

The butterflies clustered near the branches by the wire running across the bottom of the photo. Wish I’d figured out to use it as a marker last night.  

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!

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3 thoughts on “What’s Going On Wednesday: Witnessing A Monarch Miracle

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It really was one of the most amazing things I think I’ve ever seen. Keep checking to see if another group might happen by our tree but so far, no. Hope your week is going well!

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