A couple of weekends ago, I was leading a program at work on how to use nature photos to contribute to citizen science projects. As part of the program, we head out onto the grounds of the field station to look for interesting things to photograph. We were just about to finish up by breezing through the native plant garden when I noticed this:
I started jumping up and down, saying, “A monarch! A monarch!” and pointing like an idiot. I snapped one quick shot, then sacrificed my position to let my “students” get in close. Everyone lunged in, and a few people got some really decent shots of the butterfly. She unfortunately flew off before I had a second go with my camera. However, even if I didn’t get a really good shot of her, I was still thrilled to see her. Monarch numbers are WAY down in many places this year, and it was great to see one more so late in the year. November 2! Couldn’t have been happier to see her!