Friday, September 30, 2011

Monarchs Rule

This time of year, birds and insects find a feast in the flowerbed.
Many of them are migrating, and at least at our house, 
amid this collection of travelers, monarchs rule.

We usually see them fleetingly,
but one year, they came in mass, 
a dazzling dance troupe falling from the sky, floating among the flowers.  

The flowerbed has been busy enough without them, 
  with flies and wasps feeding on allium...

 hummingbird moths imitating their namesakes...

and hummingbirds tanking up for their journey south.

Yesterday, the first 2 monarchs of the season showed up,
floating together, catching the sun
and fanning its flames with their wings.

One of them stayed close, settling in for the day,
drinking from the salvia,
starting with the bottom blossom of a stem
and working its way to the top
until it was satiated with the sweet nectar.

We hope there will be more of them.
Until then, we'll keep watching for this transient beauty,
grateful to the One who sent them our way,
to lay eggs on the milkweed,
which hatch into caterpillars,
then wrap in cocoons, 
and emerge as more butterflies.

In the castles of kings and queens,
and in the gardens of the Ozarks,
monarchs rule.


Lisa said...

Connie, these are fabulous shots! I tell people there are hummer moths and most don't believe me. I love capturing hummers with my lens. But your monarch shot does indeed rule. :-)

Anonymous said...

The photos are just amazing! I stay there looking at them for a while - perfect catch.
And your words accompany them perfectly.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

HOLY COW- those are gorgeous!!!

muted palette said...

What lovely glowing pictures.
And so nice to have those beautiful things fluttering around you.

Henrietta said...

Amazing shots, wow.
Have a nice weekend

Barb said...

Gorgeous shots! that monarch is stunning!

missing moments said...

Wonderful shots of difficult flight!

Seeing Each Day said...

Well done in capturing all these - particularly beautiful last two shots.

lisa said...

Connie, these are wonderful!
I especially love the hummingbirds.
How fortunate you were to be able to capture two!!

Thank you so much for sharing these at The Creative Exchange this week.

Sending you wishes for a beautiful weekend!


EG Wow said...

How exciting to see so many insects and birds!

Connie Smiley said...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, everybody! And Lisa, true confessions, that picture of the hummingbirds is 2 shots of the same bird cloned together. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Emily said...

The monarch shot is stunning! Thank you for sharing!

ShonEjai said...

Beautiful photos!

Sewplicity said...

Stunning captures. I love the monarch!

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

These are all so beautiful! I love the hummingbirds. Last year, we had a large swath of butterflies settle in at our house. It was such a beautiful sight. Sadly, they didn't return this year.

deb duty said...

These are all amazing! I've been on the lookout for a monarch but no luck yet.

Ruth said...

wow, the hummingbirds are amazing! Do you think they practice? :) lovely post as always

Rosemary Aubut said...

Gorgeous shots Connie! Love them all and your words very inspiring!

Pat said...

Beautiful images and beautifully written narrative!