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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Butterflies Are Free...

I've been trying, for a week, to get a good photo of the butterflies migrating to Mexico via south Texas... It's hard to show you what a butterfly migration looks like and feels like. Since I've been unsuccessful at my photography venture, I'll show you this...

This map shows the migration north and south of the Monarch Butterfly... and there ya go... right through south Texas and back...

and this is one photographers view, not mine, because I don't have the kind of camera it takes to get a photo like this...

There are literally millions of butterflies of all species that take this route... but how does it feel? It feels like Oz... when I walk outside butterflies are everywhere: in the trees, on the sidewalks, in the grass... and when you walk, they flutter around you... all around you. Butterflies land on your clothes, your face, your hair... It makes you feel like you're in a fantasy, and I love it.

I wish I could share the butterfly fantasy with you... down here in French Lique...

18 comments:

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I was in awe the other day as I watched them dance around my yard. If someone passed by my place and saw me, they probably wondered why I looked like I was in a trance, but I was with watching them.

trash talk said...

Talk about butterfly kisses! I don't think they have ever passed through here...or at least I would hate to think I missed 'em. I'm trying to imagine what it would be like to be covered in butterflies...amazing!
Debbie

Deb said...

oh what fun it must be to see so many butterflies at one time...thanks for sharing Dixie..

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Thank you for this amazing post. I simply gasped when I saw the sky filled with butterflies. It is truly magical. How lucky you are to see wonderous site in person.

KBeau said...

Having visited the butterfly habitat at the University of Florida, I can somewhat imagine what you're experiencing. Must be beautiful.

Blondie's Journal said...

I never heard of such a thing, Dixie. I am in awe of the beauty of the photo! It must be like a fantasy! Thanks for enlightening me! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Joycee said...

We were lucky to see this happen while we lived at Seguin Texas...amazing and beautiful!

Mumzie said...

How lucky you are to have so many! If I see one or two I'm excited. Looks like Oz to me. Mumzie :O

Candy said...

My bushes are just about to bloom any day now and there will be some major eating for the long trip ahead.
I will post if I get some good shots. But pictures just can't capture the wonderful event of the monarch march.
Hoping things work for M.D. but I sure understand so we'll just wait and see. Still planning a Geronimo trip on Friday with Terry.
Isn't this weather glorious? I have been working/playing in the yard all day.
Hope your week is running smoothly.

Angela said...

That would be a sight to see Dixie! I do hope that you have captured some of it on video! According to your map they bypass West Virginia! Sigh.... I would love to see something like that and I'm sure my kids would enjoy it also!

We are currently being invaded by the Asian Lady Bugs! Yuck!!! Can't stand that orange, stinking, biting bugs! I just tried to get a picture of them for the blog. They are hard to take a picture of too! I don't like it when they land on me!

The way you described the butterflies reminded me of the movie Spiderwick when those Sprites.

Hugs,
Angela

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Dixie! I saw a butterfly migration when I was in Florida year before last! All day long for several days, masses of them were streaming over the beach as far as the eye could see...amazing!! I looked for them last year, but I seem to have timed it correctly only that one year. I was in awe!! The little guys all seem to know right where they are going and nothing was stopping them! I'll be heading that way again soon. I wonder if I'll see them again? Happy week!...Debbie

SmilingSally said...

Here's where we part, Dixie! I'm terrified of butterflies, and I'm afraid that I'd stay indoors if I lived where you do. When I was 13, I had a cousin who tormented me by putting butterflies down my blouse. Eww.

donna baker said...

Dixie, I saw the monarch's migrating one year up here in OK, it was right before a cold front. They were from ground level up to so high in the sky I couldn't believe they flew so high. Glad they made it down there with all the rain we've had.

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Dixie! How fabulous! I've never even HEARD about the butterfly migration. You are so lucky to experience God's beauty there in French Lique! :-)

Huggies,
Spencer

Laura said...

Miss Dixie- I just want the weather to change.
I need cold weather soon!

Laura

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Dixie, I love the way you described this! You made me want to pack a bag and just come to Tex. to see the butterflies. What a majestic site it must be! laurie

Heidi Pocketbook said...

How lovely, it must feel awesome to be a part of that. So much more intriguing than those darn Asian beetles that are swarming here in the corn.

Joan said...

OK, so no visit to French Lique in October, evidently. Believe it or not, I am deathly afraid of butterflies (and moths). Weird, I know! But it is what it is!