"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