I was a little late arriving, and the group had gone on to the grasslands already. It took me some time to catch up with them, but eventually I did, and I was in time for the best part of walking side by side through the meadows as monarchs, sulphurs and occasional swallowtails lifted up from the grasses in front of us. Truly magical. I wish there was a way to capture that in a photo.
We saw over 400 monarchs, a beautiful sight to see and so shocking compared to the occasional individual that I might come across at home. I probably took 400 photos of the 400 monarchs, but I will try to pick only my favorites. It's hard to narrow it down!
Zabulon Skipper (male)
Zabulon Skipper (female)
Sigh. What a beauty! And a life butterfly for me!
After lunch, we walked through neighboring Sylvan Nursery, a local plant nursery that welcomes Mass Butterfly Club field trippers. The combination of beautiful blooms with beautiful butterflies is such a treat.