09-06-2013, 11:57 AM
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To say I was super excited when I spotted this out in the back garden this morning, would be a slight understatement...

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2013-09-06: Monarch butterfly chrysalis attached to Prairie dropseed



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2013-09-06: Monarch butterfly chrysalis attached to Prairie dropseed



Keeping everything crossed as I type this, with any luck we (the family) will get to see a Monarch butterfly appear in our very own back garden, sometime within the next 9 to 14 days.

Again, keeping everything crossed as I type this, I will update this thread with photos as things develop...

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 09-06-2013, 11:59 AM
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Amazing. Too bad you can't set up a 24 hour camera.

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 09-06-2013, 12:11 PM
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Mother Nature at work. Is a wonderful thing to see.

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 09-06-2013, 12:25 PM
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(09-06-2013, 12:11 PM)Johnny Wrote: Mother Nature at work. Is a wonderful thing to see.
Signs011
Hope to see next pics ... Tongue

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 09-06-2013, 12:52 PM
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This is indeed wonderful.

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 09-06-2013, 01:18 PM
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Very cool, can't wait to see your pictures

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 09-06-2013, 04:05 PM
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Congratulations, Mike!
When I was living in southwestern Ontario, we had an annual migration of Monarchs that come through a small federal park called Point Pelee National Park, just outside our hometown of Leamington. Beautiful to watch those thousands upon thousands of Monarchs! Biggrin

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 09-06-2013, 04:22 PM
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Fantastic Mike. Great pictures.

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 09-06-2013, 06:15 PM
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I hope you get to see it. Our local NPR station ran a report about the possible disappearing population of monarch butterflies. They even are encouraging homeowners to plant milkweed to bring them back.

I never realized that they travel from New England to Mexico to breed. That must be some journey.


- Josh -

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 09-08-2013, 02:34 PM
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Please repeat back to me, "You're a muppet, a total failure at being a wildlife photographer and have much to learn about nature." Blush

First thing yesterday (Saturday 7th September) morning I didn't bother going out back and checking, BIG! mistake. Instead I done a few chores around the house, then got Beta son up and took him to his swim lesson...

Returned home at 10:30am, looked out the kitchen window into the back garden, "Hmmm! I don't see the Monarch butterfly chrysalis, but is that a Monarch butterfly I see there, hanging upside down from the Prairie dropseed?".

"**** where's the camera?" (yes, I'm talking to myself a LOT! by this stage).

Get the camera and take myself out back, get within 30 feet, "Yep! that's definitely a Monarch butterfly hanging there. "****! ****! I'm an idiot, why didn't I go out first thing and check? Because you're an idiot..."

With camera ready, I'm now within 3 feet of the Monarch butterfly, just one more step to get feet firmly planted, then begin snapping away like a mad man...

Half-way though the final step, the Monarch spreads its wings and takes flight. I felt honoured, privileged (still do) to witness such a beautiful moment, but at the same time, "I'm an idiot, why didn't I go out first thing and check? Because you're an idiot..."

Here are the couple of photos I took (once I'd stopped crying)...

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2013-09-07: Empty Monarch butterfly chrysalis attached to Prairie dropseed



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2013-09-07: Empty Monarch butterfly chrysalis attached to Prairie dropseed



During the afternoon I spent a good hour or more (desperately) looking around the garden for another Monarch butterfly chrysalis... Nothing!

Lesson learnt, Mother Nature waits for no man (or woman). If there's a next time, chores can wait, getting outside to experience nature can't...

Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 09-08-2013, 04:13 PM
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Snapped out back no more than 20 minutes ago...

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2013-09-08: Monarch butterfly on Eastern Blazing Star -- Might not be the best photo, but I'm more than happy with it, all things considered...

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 09-08-2013, 04:25 PM
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Excellent photos!

I've never seen a chrysalis in person, despite living in the south and being in a very rural area, come to think of it I do not see many butterflies around here either.Huh
I do see tons of those cotton like, black speckled caterpillar nests everywhere each year, but never a butterfly chrysalis. Sad

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 09-09-2013, 03:52 AM
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Mike, why are you so hard on yourself? Even the empty chrysalis is Mother Nature at her best. There was no way that beautiful Monarch was going to miss a golden opportunity to have a world famous Mike Perry photo shoot. Winky

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 09-09-2013, 06:06 AM
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Great photos in spite of the "miss" Mike!! We are on the migration route here. It is amazing to see literally thousands of Monarch's at a time.

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 09-10-2013, 09:53 AM
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(09-09-2013, 03:52 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, why are you so hard on yourself? Even the empty chrysalis is Mother Nature at her best. There was no way that beautiful Monarch was going to miss a golden opportunity to have a world famous Mike Perry photo shoot. Winky

Freddy, what can I say, it's part of my OCPD (perfectionism).

Anyway, yesterday I managed to snap another photo...

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2013-09-09: Monarch butterfly on Eastern Blazing Star

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 09-13-2013, 03:03 AM
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Spectacular photos, Mike!

Near Siem Riep in Cambodia, there's a fantastic butterfly garden. Depending on the time of year, there are anywhere from 20-40 different species of butterflies and moths at various stages of life. I never thought that I'd be seeking out bugs in the midst of Asia, but it was a fantastic experience. A quiet and peaceful garden, full of beautiful creatures. It's amazing to see the family who own the place cultivate them too.

It's easy to forget the simple beauty of nature amongst the hustle and bustle of city life.

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