It started yesterday about 2PM. I worked in the garden most of yesterday trimming, pruning, repotting. When I looked around at about 1PM I was astonished how many butterflies were flitting around. They weren't all monarchs either.
I stopped counting at 100! What a sight. It was warm - mid 80's and the monarchs were sucking nectar from the bourgavilla. Then they dipped down to the water bowls I have scattered around and then hightailed it south.
Finally I stopped what I was doing, rested on the chaise and within 10 minutes had taken these photos.
What a gift of nature. I had intended to be gone somewhere yesterday. I'm so glad I was home to witness this beautiful "happening".
By the way, photographng butterflies is NOT easy. They move faster then you could possibly imagine. I ended up with lots of leaves and no butterflies because they moved faster then me!