The Texas Book Festival is the best time of the year to seek out migrating Monarchs. They typically look for a food source at the fountain on the State Capitol grounds. They are so much fun to photograph, because they don’t stay on one flower blossom for long, but flitter about on their own personal schedule.
There was a small swarm of Monarch butterflies in the community garden this afternoon. They are migrating south to escape the cold weather. There were so many that they often had to share the purple blossoms that they enjoy so much. Photography is challenging, as they move so fast and the blossoms sway in the wind. The reward is to capture just the right image to share with everyone. Enjoy!
Hooray for the community garden! The butterflies are loving these blossoms. The sun was shining, the bees were out enjoying the nectar, the breeze was blowing, and a few butterflies were willing to pose for pictures. What an awesome afternoon it was!
It turns out that I am an Origami Master. Those three beautiful black butterflies were all created by me. Give it a try and test your skills with a square sheet of paper. The event today was called the 1,000 Cranes Origami Festival. It was a great idea for an event, and the Asian American Resource Center was packed with other skilled Origami Artists working their magic.
I tried out a new hiking trail this evening, and I struck Texas photography Gold (or at least Silver – I’ll let you decide). Butterflies, roses, windmills, sunsets and more! What a nice evening full of surprises. 🙂
We have a small garden at work, and apparently the migrating butterflies like one of the plants. However, they appear to be mostly camera shy. I had to sneak up on them for a few photos with the iPod Touch.