Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The First Monarch Of Autumn

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

-Hans Christian Anderson

Tuesday was a perfect day with the camera. I went to San Francisco, to photograph the dahlias, which are now coming into the last few weeks of their season. It made me a bit sad to see them in decline, but at the same time, the garden was just full of life. I saw, and photographed, a large variety of butterflies yesterday, floating in and out of the dahlias. Then suddenly, she appeared. The first Monarch I have seen this year, and she was stunning! I think she was a young butterfly, because her wings showed no signs of wear at all. She took my breath away! I am really looking forward to my annual trip to Pacific Grove later this month, to visit the Monarch butterfly sanctuary. Last year, I stood in amazement, as I watched 10-15 thousand Monarchs, which were nestled in a grove of eucalyptus tress, turn to face the late afternoon sun. It was pure, life affirming magic. I need that escape more then ever this year.

When Shadows Fall (Haiku)
By Carly Gordon

When her shadow falls
The soul of autumn declines
She's left to wander

"The First Monarch"
Golden Gate Park
Dahlia Garden
San Francisco, California
Late Afternoon


Liz said...

What a beautiful picture! I just love butterflies & was amazed with the amount I had around my own garden this year, what with the 2 butterfly bushes & the catnip.

Hope all is well with you!

~Aunt Nub~

Derek said...

beautiful! Just like you!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Excellent haiku!

MyMaracas said...

That must be a breathtaking sight. I'm sure you'll have lots of wonderful photos to share!