This weeks Photo Challenge is to capture what our morning looks like. I wish it would be every morning, for my favorite mornings are spent on the trail welcoming a new day. Each day gives a new offering begging for you to come back again to be treated to a new delight.
I set off to take a morning hike before the heat took over the day. My intent was to find Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar or Chrysalis. I did find two caterpillars and a nice collection of other shots of interest.
My hike was in the reclamation area of the Norma Johnson Center.
Morning temperature 73F, clear skies, slight breeze, light dew. Time 8:30 to 9:30
There where quite a few Monarchs flying today, I thought that I should have a productive morning.
Next to the milweed were these bugs. I’m sure that I do not want them in my garden.
Dew on the Queen Anne’s Lace provided a little glamor to the morning trail.
I’m not sure what these are but it reinforces to me that the milweed plant plays host to the prarie meadow ecosystem
I captured the flower but it had the upper hand in capturing the morning light and dew.
Under a big broad leaf, one that had not been munched on this caterpillar appeared to be ready to attach itself and enter its cocoon.
Ready for a big change in life.
A healthy appetite.
Bonus capture. After landing on me, it was gracious enough to settle on a cattail along the trail.
Five butterflies in one click of the camera. With the milkweed gone to seed and hosting caterpillars, the local Joe-Pye Weed as taken its place as the dominate provider of super food to several butterfly species. These plants are part of the tall grass prairie plants in Ohio’s prairie islands.
Thanks for looking in and enjoying another Floral Friday with Butterflies and Wildflowers.
Joe-Pye Weed replaces the milkweed flower as butterfly super food.