Way too much snow and ice on its way here. Can't deal. Decided yesterday that ranting was not an option. I should instead put the path to my milkweed obsession on this blog -- even though it will take weeks to do so. By then we will be closer to spring....
My story begins June 23, 2013.
The incentive: a change of one letter in George Ella's manuscript for our alphabet book! She took out M being for miners and mountains, and it became MILKWEED IN THE MEADOW. My reaction was to run out to our meadow to get a milkweed photo before all the blooms finished. That very day. Nature changes a lot faster than we realize.
Well, it turned out my curiousity gene kicked in big time. I have stayed fascinated by this project for the last eight months. I am still amazed by the many discoveries I would not have even noticed had I not been paying close attention. Stick around for those in the weeks to come.
I have ended up with a great many milkweed photos. Today's photos are purely from the first three days. Going by the numbers, it seems I took less than 80 photos altogether in that time, not all of milkweed. But that is how I work. I have never, ever just shot tons of images hoping I get a good one. (The first day I shot in the RAW/jpeg format.)
|NOT milkweed, but life in the meadow - vetch|
|very first of the milkweed images|
|a favorite of mine|
|double butterflies (not a monarch)|
|trying to show the milkweed plants within the crowded meadow, but to me it doesn't work all that well|
After making the last three images, I realized it was late (8:47 p.m.) and I remember saying to myself "Better check on location #1 before it gets any darker." So my next photo was 7 minutes later - the time it took to drive our quarter mile driveway, grab my camera and walk down to where the meadow is:
|I must have taken this photo on the way to the meadow....couldn't resist.|
|Here is another effort to show the milkweed in context. Had there been some visiting butterflies, this photo would have revealed more than it currently does. In my opinion.|
I am brazen enough to request you take a good look at each photo - the basis of everything I ended up seeing is right here. Thank you.