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29/01/2009


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MONARCH BUTTERFLY

I took this photo of a Monarch whilst on a recent visit to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. This majestic butterfly, the largest on the island, gracefully soars and glides through the air, before settling down for a short while on colourful blossom.

After wasting vital seconds fumbling around in my rucksack for the camera, I haphazardly managed a few clicks before it took off again, way out of reach of the zoom!

Unlike the species found in the US and Canada, the Monarch found in this area are non-migratory so unfortunately will not be seen resting on flowers or blossoming shrubs in the UK. To see this butterfly has been a rare privilege for me.

See more photos from Tenerife on my home blog.



19 comments:

Simone said...

It is a beautiful photograph Louise.

Flighty said...

Lovely photo! Roll on summer! xx

Sal said...

It is such a beautiful butterfly..the wonders of nature eh?!! ;-)

nĂ  said...

what an amazing and lovely photo!!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

gorgeous photo, I'd love to see a Monarch....

lifeinredshoes said...

Absolutly beautiful! Sounds like a wondeful vacation.

Lori at Jarvis House said...

You photographs are truly beautiful. Which camera do you use? I am just a beginner blogger and your format is wonderful. Cheers from zone 7. Lori

Suzanne said...

This is a wonderful photo, I really like how the butterfly is contrasting against the flower.

Amanda said...

Oh how beautiful :o)

Christy A. said...

What a glorious and beautiful butterfly! Thanks for sharing this foto and info Louise!

Suburbia said...

They do look beautiful, but I can't bare to be near them when they flutter, it makes my skin crawl!

Gina said...

Stunning photo Louise!..you've captured it's beauty so well! Worth blowing up and displaying! :D

Carol said...

Hi Louise, where have your other blogs gone?
Lovely butterfly, you just do not see many here any more. My friends wants us to get a Bee Hive for the allotment!?! we shall see.
Good to hear from you.
Carol xxx

Gillian L. said...

When I was child growing up on the West Coast of Canada we would have Monarch Butterflies constantly in our yard and gardens, but now I rarely see one and I wonder what has happened to them all. They remain my favourite. Great photograph!

Gillian

The Dutchess said...

Amazing photo..:)Your blog is a piece of art!

Heather said...

What a fantastic shot. You must be thrilled you were able to see that. I love Monarchs and hope one winter to be able to go to Mexico to see a Monarch colony - whole trees full of Monarchs.

elaine said...

What a great shot. You have a keen eye for beauty Louise and a fast trigger finger! Thank-you for sharing this humongous Monarch it's just beautiful. I love being able to click your photos, it makes me feel like I'm right there.
xox

Glo said...

I know what fumbling to get your camera out in time feels like! What a gorgeous shot! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday ~ in such a lovely area of the world.

wholesalenursery said...

I was walking on the backside of our farm and seen a monarch identical to yours in this pci. I was snooping to see what it was feasting on and it was on a wild mint! He said "forget the nectar, I need some sorbet"