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went down to the harbour to see if the monarchs were ready to migrate to Mexico

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The monarch butterflies are on their journey to Mexico. The leaves are turning red. These butterflies have never been to Mexico, they were born here. Every day I see four or five of them heading south. They will fly over the US to Mexico where they will winter, and then reproduce on their way north. They gather every fall at the edge of the lake.

SpoonZ says:

Awesome set.... well done, I wasn't expecting the butterflys by the look of your front thumb... which by the way is also a damn fine shot.... just don't make a habit of taking your eyes off the road :-p

7th Sep 2006, 01:19

swamprose says:

bfish taught me how to do take photos of moving. I am a very casual photographer, and have no idea what I have until I see it.

7th Sep 2006, 01:23

Viv says:

lovely set

7th Sep 2006, 01:37

Caine says:

Fabulous series. I love the third and last shots. Exquisite.

7th Sep 2006, 01:37

swamprose says:

mandy, our only monarch person is the same Queen they have in the UK...we like the old girl.

7th Sep 2006, 01:55

midlife says:

the photo from the bike almost makes makes me dizzy

7th Sep 2006, 01:57

swamprose says:

I know. I didn't look, just took the shot.

7th Sep 2006, 02:01

paintist says:

these butterflies look good and strong, they should make the trip in fine health, but isn't it amazing that something so fragile can fly so far......
lovely series of pics, what a great day out :-)

7th Sep 2006, 05:21

swamprose says:

thanks all. It's hard to believe the monarchs have some sort of plan.They just flit around, looking anything but determined.

and yes, bfish, I want a macro, and a
camera to stick it on. ; )

7th Sep 2006, 12:55

Gael says:

love the bike shot, thought for a moment that the maple tree was covered in flutterbys, now that would be a sight : )

7th Sep 2006, 14:02

swamprose says:

they actually do cover the trees because they gather at the southernmost point of land--around Point Pele--before launching across Lake Ontario. it is also an incredible place for bird migration in the spring. birds arrrive in flocks, practically panting.

7th Sep 2006, 14:24

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