Fleetingly, I saw on FB that a family was planning to release Monarch butterflies in the park. It is something that I have never seen, so off I went.
I took my camera and my longest lens. I really didn't know if there would be a good photo op or not, but as a former boy scout, I was ready. And it would be something to witness regardless — a first for a 72-year-old.
I also didn't know if my choice of lens would be right, but I think it was despite that making certain photos difficult. Like this one ↓ for example. I had to get way back to get as much of the proceedings as I could, and even then, I would have liked a wider shot. Other photos like the last two in this post, were done quickly at at a big zoom, so they aren't sharp. And that's okay too. It was great just to be there and record it.
You can see the setup above. There were dozens of butterflies in the box. The preponderance were in the pupae state, but many were ready to fly.
It was pretty well impossible to get a good photo through the mesh, but how wonderful to see them all.
Most of the Monarchs flew off directly, but a few lingered. This boy ↓ was lucky.
In fact, he was doubly lucky.
This butterfly wasn't as anxious or ready to depart as were others.
Thankfully, a few made temporary use of the flowers that had been assembled before beginning their long flights.
More to come tomorrow of my favourite part — as if this wasn't enough.