Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Want a "Quickie" ? Today 9.24.19

Want a “Quickie” Today ?

I thought I would take a walk around the garden this morning – just looking to see what is still blooming.  To my surprise the Monarchs are still here. Amazing. Lots of them flying here and there.  Again today, there were clusters early this morning, resting.  The rest of the day they are feeding on the many flowers here. I thought I had posted enough of the Monarchs – but evidently not  - - hahaha.


 Take a look at the hind legs.

 How many of these do you see on the Aster?

 Didn't even see the bee when I took the photo today.

 Lonely white

 More than just Monarchs today.

This morning - gathering from over-night.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

AMAZING - Monarchs 2019.2

This is the second in the series of Monarchs 2019.  As stated in an earlier posting, (9.4.19) there are hundreds of Monarch photos that were taken this summer and I will be sharing only a few in the postings for this year.  You have seen some, here are some more!

Do enjoy a few more.

 chrytalis in the monarch cage

 gathering for the evening

 saying "good bye" before going off to Mexico

Joe Pye Weed - one of their favorites


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AMAZING - Monarch 2019.1

Here we go!!!  If you check out the most recent posting (September 2, 2019) you will have enjoyed a video of the Monarchs in the gardens resting for the night.  All were resting for three days and getting nourishment from the many native flowers here in the Gardens at Waters East. They were preparing to fly on to central Mexico. So many Monarchs.

This posting and the next (Monarchs 2019.2)  are a few of the many photos taken while the famous butterflies were here.

 one formed into the chrysalis & one just starting as it forms the famous "J"

One of the Monarchs escaped the cage and built a chrysalis
under the coffee table in the sun room! 

 Final moments in the release of the butterfly from the cage.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Amazing – Amazing

This summer has been a year of so many Monarch butterflies.  Unbelievable!
For so many years, there would be only a few found here at the Gardens at Waters East.  This year was a marked difference.  Thousands have passed through the gardens, many laid eggs and hatched into caterpillars then became butterflies.  Amazing!!!  So many photos and videos to share with you in the days ahead.

This posting is only a hint of what is to come.
I will be posting two more “editions” of the Monarchs from the Gardens at Waters Easttaken this summer. This posting is only meant to get you interested in this most interesting of creatures that visit these gardens.  The gardens here, with so much milk weed and native flowers, have long been a feeding station and nursery for the Monarchs.

Monarchs gathering and resting in trees at the gardens.  For three days they stayed here – then they left this weekend to continue their journey on to the central mountains of Mexico. They and their journey are something to admire.