It's wonderful to have a close encounter with a butterfly during the summer, but it's awesome to see a Monarch on September 20th, when it is on it's way to Mexico for the migration.
This wasn't a ragged, worn down butterfly. It was brand new, and taking good long drinks from my late planted, and long awaited seashell cosmos.
I saw the Monarch from my kitchen window, grabbed my camera and had chills running down my spine as it circled and landed right in front of me. I quietly said, as I am prone to conversations with butterflies, "you've got a long trip ahead of you." Though butterflies are usually shy, this one hung around a while. I took 20 or so photos, and then it disappeared. I thought maybe it landed on me, because it was gone in a instant. No time to lose for a migrating butterfly.
Even the bees were cooperative, and posed for a photo.
Something about a close encounter with a butterfly makes me feel so grateful, and close to God.
Check out this article about the challenges that Monarch's face. Next year I will let more of the milkweed in my garden grow, and purposely plant flowers a little later, for the Monarchs...and for my soul. Have a great day dear friends!