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

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

4 comments:

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!

Smooches,
~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!