The romance of Monarch butterflies

 Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

There’s a lot going on this Sunday.  International Women’s Day. The return of Daylight Savings Time. The anniversary of Selma. As you can see, there was a lot of stuff to pick from for a blog post. But I decided to go in a completely different direction. The Monarch butterfly.  Why? We sometimes take the little things for granted. Butterflies are supposed to be around forever, right? Apparently their survival and migration is threatened by the heightened use of pesticides.

Monarch butterflies Image Source:

Is there anything more stunning to watch than a Monarch butterfly fluttering over a crop of daisies or a patch of wildflowers? They only eat milkweed. These insects have habitats where they return to again and again. One such place is Santa Cruz.

Natural Bridge Caverns Santa Cruz Image Source: Terence Chang

If you can’t make it to California, all you really need do is plant your own wildflowers, especially milkweed, and hope to attract them in droves.That’s what  photographer Joel Sartore did to get their attention at his farm in Nebraska. Joel set aside forty acres of precious farmland to plant his own wildflowers in hopes they’d migrate his way. Read about his campaign here.

And today, in this busy life we have, take time to think about preserving and appreciating what we have, even the insignificant things like the Monarch butterfly. If we don’t take care of the things around us, we might find out it won’t be around forever.


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