Sunday, September 17, 2006

Monarchs and Zinnias



This is a follow up post to one I wrote a few days ago, in which I exalted the humble zinnia for its foolproof ability to attract butterflies in droves ...
Ok, so these aren't exactly droves, but there were quite a few visiting the zinnias in the vegetable garden late this afternoon! Though if we look out the window at any given point in the day when it's sunny like today, we can pretty much be sure to see at least a few of these classic butterflies working the zinnias. And as with most butterflies, they're tough to catchin the act without frightening them away or just achieving lovely blurs of color ....

The Monarchs have been plentiful around here this year, which is always something we enjoy seeing, since we try to make our garden as friendly to them as possible ...

I hope you enjoy them at least a bit as much as we do right now, as the summer winds down into fall ... Sad to think that soon they will take wing and head south, so it's especially wonderful to still see them around in such numbers at this point.

With any luck, I'll have more to post soon!

4 comments:

Family Man said...

Hi IVG. Wonderful pictures of the Zinnias and Monarchs. I haven't seen any Monarchs around here in I don't know when.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Glad you enjoyed them, FM! This is the prime season for them around here as you can see ... Curious though, do they come through your way on their migration? Perhaps not ... maybe they just stay way up there and just wave at you when they wing their way by your part of the world. They've always been one of my favorite butterflies ever since I was a kid and we're thrilled they like to come and visit for a good while every summer. Now if they would just cooperate for the photos in return for their room and board, I'd love them even more!

olivia said...

Those are gorgeous! I'm w/ FM -- haven't seen Monarchs in a long while here ...

NorthDakotaDemocrat said...

hey, IVG, you did well to get those monarchs sitting relatively still!

I did have some earlier this summer when the milk weed pods were blooming, but the monarchs were really skittish, so try as I might I was unable to even get a blurred shot of them.

It was fun to see them then and to see yours now.