Upon driving up our driveway the past days,
I 've been welcomed home by droves of migrating monarchs,
peacefully flitting about.
I couldn't resist...
I had to get the camera out
shoot a few pics.
The late afternoon sun
made for some beautiful
background bokeh effects.
Monarchs catching a little rest
working the leaves of our fruit bearing trees...
crab apples, service berry and apricot.
Trees that all bloomed too early
got nipped by frost,
little to no fruit
these are still the trees
in our yard
that the migrating monarchs
choose to congregate in.
(crab apple tree)
Did you know...
Each season there are 4 to 5 new generations of monarchs,
but just one generation migrates,
the last generation of the year.
These monarchs that are seen hanging in our fruit trees
will not completely mature
until they reach their Mexico destination.
Once they arrive in Mexico,
the long and warm days
will trigger the reproduction organs
and they will begin to reproduce.
Migration of the monarch has always amazed me.
Having never made the migratory trip before,
will travel the same route
as their past generations did...
no GPS or Google Earth needed!
Have a good weekend everyone,