Butterfly, August 23, 2020

Yesterday in the Ninety plus degree heat, I was walking in the Enid Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian Institution. It’s a lovely, expansive treat of a place with a large variety of flowers that you just don’t see in other places. It was fairly late in the afternoon and as it was Sunday, there weren’t too many people about. I don’t know what compelled me to approach this particular bush, but I marched right up to it, as though I was being led by the hand. There, as though it was posing for me, was a lovely monarch butterfly. There was a healthy breeze blowing, so at least half of the photos came out blurry, but that’s okay. The ones that came out are quite nice.

In this photo, you can clearly see the monarch feeding from the blossom with his proboscis.
I have a neighbor who grows this bush. I believe it is called lobelia. Last summer it covered with monarchs. This year I’ve not seen a single one. I feel so lucky that I ran across this beauty.

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