On Sunday I went outside for a moment just to see what the weather was like. The tomatoes were looking a little droopy, so I grabbed the hose and started watering the vegetable garden. I looked over at the pink pentas and OMG there was a monarch butterfly on one of the flowers. I dropped the hose (water still running) and tore inside. "Where's my camera?" I shouted to VPH and younger step-son as I ran around the kitchen in a circle.
Of course I found it on the table with the battery in the charger and then I remembered leaving the memory card in computer. I reassembled the camera and ran out the side door. Incredibly the monarch was still there. It flew away and came back twice and I was able to get a bunch of photos before it left for good.
I haven't done anything to the following photos except crop them:
I think the first photo is now the front runner for the Christmas card. I'm so happy.