Saturday, December 9, 2023


 Each month Gardens at Waters East (GAWE) will post a few never before seen photos of “garden life” called - - BLOG SHOTS.

 Here are the photos for this posting.


False Sunflower

moments in the garden

looking back at recent summers - - enjoy


A storm coming

sunrise over Lake Michigan

at the gardens

interesting shadow
Spirea Fritsch

Siberian Iris

Monarch Butterflies

on their annual stop-over here in the gardens

on their way to Mexico

Goat's Beard

Ghost Spider

on Orange Tithonia

Mexican Torch






Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.



NOTE:   All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East

unless otherwise marked.

NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;

no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.

What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.



  1. Beautiful shots from last summer. I have read about the Monarch Butterflies, and it's amazing that they fly such a long distance. Beautiful photo of them.

    1. It truly is interesting. Those that are returning from Canada are the fourth generation since leaving Mexico. They have never been there yet find the way back to Michoacan Mexico. Some years here there are thousands in the gardens, other years only hundreds. The Monarch is interesting indeed. Glad you were able to visit.

  2. Very very interesting photos! Are there 17 Monarch butterflies or more? Never seen so many at the same time.

    1. Some years there re thousands resting on their travels to Mexico. Amazing. Here along the lake scattered in the trees for miles - so many as they rest.

  3. Una belleza de imágenes. Bien hecho.


    1. Thanks for your comment. I always feel good getting such positive comments from you since you are very good at photography

  4. Preciosos recuerdos de verano. Las mariposas monarcas son muy bonitas. Besos.

    1. It is true. Good summer memories - and the Monarchs are a unique butterfly so I do appreciate that they stop here on their way to Mexico so I can enjoy them.

  5. Wonderful--everything! And, wow, you get a lot of monarchs. Do you report them to Journey North or

    1. Not every year that many here , but every year there are at least a few hundred. And I am not the only one along the lake that is a resting place for them as they go down to Mexico. I will admit that I have never reported them to any organization - FEAR that too many people will start showing up and that is not what I care to happen. You certainly are welcome to come when they are here. I invite people I know so I can limit the visitors - better for Me and the Monarchs!

  6. Jack,
    Merry Christmas!
    I wish you all the best, health and a lot of joy on this day.
    May the new year 2024 be successful for you.

    1. Nadezda, Thanks for the best wishes and I wish the same for you. Hard to believe another year has passed and a new one to begin in a few days.

  7. Such beautiful photos are kicking our unseasonal weather up a notch.