Ashbridge's Bay, August 31, 2007 - Monarchs!Feeling too tired for serious exercise this morning (largely thanks to Fabrice Santoro), I decided to grab my camera and head to Ashbridge's Bay, intending to capture some evidence of the changing season. I had a particular tree in mind, with green, yellow, and red leaves in mind, which I never found.
But on the way, I had a first in my lifetime. And it was a surprise.
As mentioned before, I watched Monarch Butterflies travelling westward at a high rate last weekend. During the week, I've seen a couple of them flitting about, and had got to the point of assuming I would see no more.
So as I entered Ashbridge's Bay Park this morning I was a little surprised to see first one, then a pair, and then twos and threes flitting about. And about ten minutes into my walk, I hit my first tree pretty much covered with them!
There were a couple more similar trees and here are two or three shots I got. I tried to catch pictures of them flying, but that will take some practice. Maybe next year!
This was of the first tree I saw, and it amazed me. (click to enlarge)
I like this shot - note that many butterflies are in focus - the blur gives a sense of what a busy scene it was!
Here are a few individuals.
Several branches of several trees looked like this.
What a scene! What a morning!
UPDATE: (Sept. 1, 2007) Was back at the park and there was not a butterfly to be seen.
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