Butterflies: For Fear of the First Frost

butterfly feeding frenzy

We had our first overnight frost last week, and I swear,

the butterfly feeding frenzy was a premonition on their part.

Butterfly friends

When one knows The End is near, why be bashful or unsociable?

Monarch in the menagerie

Tattered and torn, but untroubled, was this elder Monarch nearby.

Painted Lady spread-eagle

For the love of Marigolds and warm Autumn afternoons, a Painted Lady lays out.

Dainty Lady

This dainty lady with a gray hairstreak was fearless before the first frost.

Marigold sunset

Hearty Marigolds play host to the fanciest creatures on earth.

menagerie of butterflies

A butterfly menagerie is a feast for eyes to see.

Black Swallowtail feeding

The last to come was the first to go, before the freeze set sail.

Autumn sunset

“Stay warm, be cool, and feel free, folks!”

Uncle Tree


Blaze A Ways Away

Rose Moss sunset

Fall in line
Blaze a ways away
Fire no one

amber waves of grain

Take a stand
Relinquish your chair
Bed head says

plane sunset

Float on airs
Flags can wave themselves
Stay down wind

Flying Painted Lady

Hand on heart
Kneeling rocks the boat
Knock on wood

knock on wood

Sing for once
Trees have rights to knot
Strings lose ties

Equinox Reflects Fall

Stay loose truce
Beliefs have a price
Free rainbows!

Free Rainbows!

Clues to win
Race to embrace peace
Take your time

Uncle Tree's Painted Lady

I’ll take mine
Believe as you may
Folks allow such

Hummingbird sunset

Opinions and photographs by Uncle Tree