A Royal Photo Shoot
Friday morning there was a Monarch butterfly nectaring on the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). It seemed so intent on the Tithonia that I was able to get pretty close and took a picture with my phone. Judy then came out, saw the Monarch, then ran back in for her good camera.
I posted my cell phone picture on Facebook, but at the risk of being duplicative I wanted to post some of her pictures on the blog.
This particular Monarch was remarkably cooperative. He would stay on the same flower for a long time. Even when he flew off, he would land on another Tithonia flower within a few seconds.
They really do love Mexican sunflower.
At one point he flew to a flower that was so high up Judy had to hold her camera above her head and point down. Despite that, this one came out very nicely, I think.
Were we late for work? Possibly. But seeing a Monarch always makes me feel more optimistic about the day.