Visiting Monarch

Female monarch beginning to take off.
Female monarch beginning to take off.

I finally saw a monarch butterfly in my yard. I don’t have any milkweed right now so I don’t expect the usual, but they usually visit the phlox and often just fly in and rest in the trees and drink from the shallow birdbaths.

Monarch hanging on phlox flowers.
Monarch hanging on phlox flowers.

I happened to see this on on the phlox right out front and by the time I was up and had my zoom lens on my camera she was beginning to move but was still in that classic monarch shape on the pink flowers. Breathtaking!

Taking off.
Taking off.

But photographing through a screen does not produce clear photos. Getting me through the door with the cane and the big camera was kind of a production. Good thing butterflies are not frightened off by noises.


Through the screen.



She was beginning to take off, but I got some interesting photos of her before she did.


Outdoors, but moving too much.


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