With butterfly season well past its peak, the few stragglers that are remaining have lost a lot of their luster. So, imagine my surprise when I stepped outside to see almost a dozen Monarchs fluttering about the front yard butterfly bush – all looking as if they were fresh from the cocoon.
Setting aside the to-do list (vacuuming can always wait!), I grabbed the camera and headed out to snap some shots of these glorious creatures.
If the Cardinals from my previous post were radiant, these magnificent Monarchs were nothing less than majestic.
It was hard to get pictures with uncluttered backgrounds since the the bush has grown to be a rather mammoth mess, but hey, you take what you can get, right?
Occasionally, I got a shot with double-the-beauty, when two would briefly land on a blossom together.
Every now and then, one would flutter over and sip from one of the handful of remaining zinnias…
…but for the most part, they hovered around the blossoms on the butterfly bush.
It was such an unexpected delight to have a few more moments with majesty!