By mid-September, most of the prairie plantings on campus have gone to seed. But there is one strip, mowed earlier in the summer to keep it short for the train, that is still full of coneflowers and other plants in full bloom. It's a great cafeteria for the butterflies. Monarchs, of course, but also many other combinations of brown, gold, amber, and orange.
An afternoon on the Michigan City beach this past week, shared with sailboats, sandpipers, and seagulls. And lunch at a nearby park, where the monarchs were feasting on sedum and resting in a nearby maple tree. How many do you spot?
A monarch in chrysalis (and jar), a finch feeding its fledgling, a bee -- one of many, many pollinators on a drift of white flowering shrub-- and the daddy-long-legs that came strolling through as I tried to photograph the bee (can you see where it is hiding?). And a cicada shell and a cicada in person, so to speak. And two monarchs just after they emerged from chrysalis, followed by one showing off its wings. What a world!
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"