A bittersweet little garden story

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Last week, a beautiful male monarch emerged from his chyrsalis in my butterfly garden, and so I was watching two additional chrysalises in anticipation of seeing the event occur.

The jade green cases were smaller than normal, but on Thanksgiving, one chrysalis began its gradual change to transparency, a sign that a butterfly soon might hatch.

There's a small slit in the chrysalis,
on the right side, but the butterfly
did not emerge.

So at 6:30 Friday morning, I set up my camera on a tripod, positoned a little garden seat in the right spot, and, with coffee at the ready, began the chrysalis watch.

A tiny black foot poked through, followed by a split in the casing. But five hours later, the butterfly remained inside.

It did not make it, nor did the second one.

Yet, today as I was working in the garden, a handsome monarch flew through.  A return visit, no doubt.