Friday, September 28, 2012

This Is The Last Call For Flight Number.......


It is officially fall here in Nova Scotia.


 And if the temperature is any indication today, it was 16 C, it is here to stay.


 So here we were in the Gaspereau Valley (click here) walking along our and Sophie's favourite canal,


when we come across this beautiful butterfly.


As you can see it is a Monarch Butterfly (click here to learn more) feasting on a clover blossom.


It is very unusual to see these this time of year. They are usually long gone and heading south.


It was the only one here and he/she was very obliging as far as staying on this blossom while we photographed it.


It looked to be in good shape...no tattered wings that I could see.


So as the temperatures are beginning to fall, especially overnight when it could drop enough


to cause some frost in low-lying areas in this neck of the woods,


I am sure this butterfly will catch the next 'flight' south,


even if it has to go it alone.

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Murray loved them this morning!

    Hope that butterfly does catch the next flight south!

    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. We will and thanks for stopping by Murray and Clive!! Glad you liked the butterfly Murray!!

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  2. Georgous images of one of my favorite butterflies!

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    1. They are 'special' eh Vicki! Considering their migration pattern!!

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  3. Stunning images! I love them! I hope this sweet critters leaves soon; the weather is getting much too cold for it to stick around. I haven't seen a monarch for quite some time; it looks like they've all headed south to warmer regions. Wish I could join them ;)

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    1. You can't go anywhere where it warm Martha. Think of all those 'snow' photos that will be missed!!! lol Br-r-r-r....

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  4. Beautiful photos, Jim! It's so hard to imagine these delicate-looking creatures making that long migratory trip.

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    1. I have seen photos of how they look when they arrive in Mexico....all tattered and pretty beat up some of them.

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  5. Yes, little monarch -- off to Mexico with you! I love monarch butterflies -- they were very common in southwestern Manitoba when I was growing up. They don't come as far north as Edmonton, so I miss them. But with global warming, they're coming further and further north every year. This summer some were spotted in Red Deer. So it's only a matter of time until they show up here too.

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    1. SO just maybe you will see them soon....Red Deer isn't that far away from you Debra. One of the 'pluses'(?) of global warming maybe?

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  6. Nice shots of the Monarch! For some reason this year we had few butterflies of any sort. I hope they aren't going the way of the bees. The year before we had a ton of them.

    Enjoy your day!

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    1. This was a weird summer for us all. Mybe when and if things get back to some kind of 'normal' more of these butterflies will return.

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  7. I'm so glad this one decided to hang around so all of us can enjoy its beauty in your photos.

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  8. Even more brilliant photos from you! Stunning. There was a monarch butterfly grove near our house in Santa Barbara, California. We would walk over when they were coming through. Amazing. But I never ever got pictures like yours.

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    1. Oh Mitch! You say that to all the guys!! lol
      That grove must have been something! I've seen 'clips' of these butterflies 'gathering' along their journey, but to see them 'live'....

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  9. Fabulous photos, up close and personal. It's so interesting watching the changes in nature with the seasons. We get a big turnover in bird species.

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    1. I am sure you do, up there on the mountain plains. Spring must be delightful when they return, Terry.

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  10. I just love those butterflies, and your pictures are amazing Jim.

    When I lived at the beach I'd go down and sit on the dunes and watch them fly in on the breeze. It was always the first indication of fall.

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    1. Jen, that must have been a sight to see!! Always wondered what that would be like.

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  11. beautiful butterfly, I rarely see them around here and I often wonder why that is. It was in the 80's here again today, it's just crazy, doesn't feel fallish at all but the nights are getting cooler and fog is greeting us in the mornings to it can't be long now.

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    1. I hear that your weather out west has been very warm! What's up with that? We know I guess....but for another day.
      Our nights are cooler too as are our days. You will soon be in the infamous 'rainy season', won't you? Stay dry!!

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  12. Beautiful captures of one of the most beautiful butterflies.

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    1. Thanks Deanna! It really is a beauty.

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  13. We just saw this monarch butterfly on Sept. 29th on top of Arabia Mountain! I am excited to see your photos of this butterfly here too! I want to write about it, and I will tell folks to come here and look at your photos of this beautiful butterfly! I think the monarch was just flying past Georgia on its way to Mexico.

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    1. Hi Kay! Can you just imagine that long flight from way up here in Nova Scotia to George? Good point about the temperature slowing them down...makes a lot of sense.
      Thanks for this Kay.

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  14. How beautiful! And how brilliant that it let you take so many wonderful shots of it!

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    1. It sure did! When it was warmer here, there was no way to get this many, if any, photos.
      Nice to meet you and thanks for dropping by!

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