Friday, January 20, 2012

Flower Hill Farm BUTTERFLIES Of 2011 ~ Favorite Monarchs



The much beloved and admired Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus begins this series of my favorite butterflies from the gardens of 2011. I so look forward to their return each summer and delight in finding their tiny etched eggs on milkweed plants. It is more exciting when I see the female actually fastening her eggs
























I should truly love to be a butterfly . . . a Monarch emerging in late summer, so I could fly to Mexico. 
Ah . . .  to have the courage of a butterfly! I should wish for sunny warm days to fly freely.

Here are a few of my favorite images and encounters with Monarch butterflies over last summer and fall. I have written extensively about their marvel of a metamorphosis here, here, here, herehere and here

This is the first in a parade of butterflies from 2011. 

It is time to visit Katarina for other fanciful flights of imagination and delight.


34 comments:

AGATKA said...

I gave a beautiful blog to follow and I will comment on a nice day

jankasgarten said...

Beautiful pictures, waw ...
My daughter lives in Boston. :-)
Happy weekend and many greetings.

Humlans Lott said...

Wow!!! Amazing photos - I´m blown away!!!

Thanks for chearing this - it was just fantastic!

Lisa said...

I´m blown away by your pictures, think I lost words to describe what I feel when I see them. Phhhiiiuu! Fantastic !!! Have a nice weekend !
Lisa/Lisas trädgård

sweetbay said...

So many gorgeous images Carol!! Truly a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

Andrea said...

I miss your posts Carol, and this one hits me again like last time. I still remember the subtle changes in the life cycle through your amazing photos. I have been a fan of www.butterflycircle.blogspot.com, but your series on these are really awesome. Best regards Carol.

Glädjekällan said...

So many beautiful pictures of this fanciful butterfly.

Have a nice weekend
Birgitta

Gaia Gardener: said...

Wonderful series of photos! I think one of my favorites is of the egg and the newly hatched caterpillar. So cool to see!

Anette said...

If you´d seen me watching your pictures, you´d seen me sitting here enjoying them with a foolish smile in my face.
In summer I love to watch butterflyes, but they are so scared and fly away so easily.
/Anette

Basil Becky said...

These are the absolutely incrediable photos. It was such a joy to look at them. Thank you

IreneL said...

Wow...lovely photos!
Have a nice day!

Cecilia Artista said...

Wow, gorgeous! Fantastic wonderful pictures! I can look at them for a long time!
Have a nice weekend!

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! I have photos simular I took in the field beside up I often look at them and dream Spring and summer here as it is biterly cold and snowy ! Have a wonderful day !

Bridget said...

Such beautiful photos! I really like your blog so I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my blog for details of the award.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Your butterfly posts always make me smile, and in the dead of winter, it's a lovely respite seeing so many summer blooms too!

sandy said...

Just beautiful.
Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to order aster seeds for the field. I waited too late last year, and couldn't find any.

Elephant's Eye said...

Just born butterfly, with wings pixelated by Mother Nature herself!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carol:
These images are truly spectacular and capture so beautifully the metamorphosis of these most majestic of creatures. The life story of the Monarch butterfly is really the stuff of fairy tales.....their amazing transformations, their winter flights to Mexico, their summers sipping nectar from flowers.....heaven!!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Carol last year you wowed me with all the pics of birds...now these breathtaking pics of monarchs...so beautiful!

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, I am just blown away by this post. The pictures are wonderful, to be able to follow the whole life cycle through pictures and then to see the butterfly on your hand and in your garden is quite amazing. Thank you so much for this bit of magic!

Christine @ The Gardening Blog said...

This is the most beautiful spread of butterfly photos I've yet seen on any blog!! Absolutely amazing, thank you SO much for sharing these with us.

AnnCharlotte said...

The butterflies look fantastic and the pictures are just georgeous.....
Have a great weekend :))

Kathy Sturr said...

Truly magical. An inspiration. I cannot wait for Spring.

John Williams said...

Butterflies are a wonderful creature. Mother nature at her best. You have captured it. Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful day,
John

Tammie Lee said...

you amaze me, the wonder you find in the world and then share with us! this is an exquisite post. I remember another post a while ago that was similar. you could share this over and over and i would experience wonder and joy each time.
thank you!

Carol said...

I am so thankful for your feedback and so very happy that you enjoyed this post! Thank you EVERYONE!!

Tony said...

Carol, those are some amazing shots. What exact species of asters are those? I'd like to try some to see if I could recreate that wonderful scene!

Lona said...

Hi Carol. What a wonderful posting. It is magical to watch the Monarchs as they progress and then into the garden. Such beautiful photography. They look so brilliant when they are on the purple asters.Wonderful!

Katarina Holmström said...

It's impressive how far the Monarchs fly each year! Their colours and patterns are also impressive - as is your photography, dear Carol!

Cat said...

I'm pretty sure you just live in a little slice of heaven, Carol. A visit spent enjoying your delightful butterflies is as good for the soul as an hour of yoga!

Alistair said...

Completely captivating are your pictures.

Breathtaking said...

I have just become your latest follower after seeing your amazing and most beautiful photos.
Greetings from Portugal.

Breathtaking said...

Hello again Carol! I just came back to say I came over from Marijke who mentioned your lovely
blog.
Enjoy your weekend:)

Helma said...

Wow ..... some incredibly beautiful photos of these butterflies and reproduction. Really beautiful. I am deeply and deeply ondruk.
Greetings, Helma

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