Sun Substitute

It is another dreary day here,

so I am posting a sun substitute


to brighten this day

to remind me that

there are many sources of light


some shine, others reflect

Look for the light.

Look for the bright.


Choose joy.



Timing is Everything

I brought home a pod of butterfly weed seeds over two decades ago.


I got it while on a trip with my sister and one of our college friends.

I planted the seeds along this bank.

Danaus plexippus on Asclepias tuberosa

It has taken years for the plants to mature.

My dream was to see them covered in Monarchs.

Maybe some have come before while I was not watching.

This year most of my butterfly weed has finished blooming, except for this one plant.


The Monarch(s) came two days ago.

As I pulled up my driveway yesterday.

I saw my dream.

Monarch butterfly on Butterfly weed.

A lone Monarch on the one plant that was a late bloomer.

I ran for my camera.

After taking many photos, I stood and reveled in my good fortune.


The timing of the Butterfly weed still blooming, the Monarch visiting, my arriving home while it was there and getting my camera in time to capture it all.

Everything is a miracle.


Asclepias Architecture

This is Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa.

The group of milkweed plants is the only food for Monarch butterfly caterpillars.

I love these plants because they are drought tolerant and deer-resistant.

The umbels of flowers are an eye-catching orange.

My favorite feature is the symmetry of the bloom clusters along the stem.

The umbel in the center matures first. Then the adjacent clusters next and so on outwardly.

This symmetry keeps the entire stem balanced.

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa

I find this fascinating.

Form Follows Function.