Sometimes I think the weather gods have no idea that we humans have designated seasons of the year, and what months they fall in, because our weather here just happens as it chooses.
It's been a fabulous summer. One of the best. Our plants and trees have bloomed longer than usual, our insects have multiplied in big numbers and our birds are looking great.
Best of all, we have many many butterflies. They're everywhere we look.
I love all butterflies however this post is about Monarchs - the Monarchs I've been seeing aplenty. In our garden (flowers planted especially for them) the Monarchs swoop through all day, each day, and it's a joy to see. They seem to have a specific flight path that they glide around on. Sometimes if several meet mid-air, they do little twirls together as they pass one another, before gliding off on their flight paths again.
Here are just a few that I've seen lately, both in our garden and generally around in our area.
Click on each picture, below, to see a larger view.