Monarch Migration


Fall is the time to start watching for monarch butterflies as they migrate south toward their ultimate destination of Mexico. I’ve always loved these tenacious creatures as much for their resolve as their beauty. Every fall as I work on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers I notice monarchs fluttering across the sky right over my boat and I’m reminded of their impossible journey in the face of wind, rain and whatever else nature can throw at them. Each year I head out to my favorite natural areas and look for opportunities to photograph monarchs as they visit late-blooming flowers.

I made this image at Shaw Nature Reserve in Franklin County and you’ll find it in the newly-released 2013 Natural Events Calendar along with eight other recent captures by yours truly. These gorgeous calendars are only $7.00 at and will soon be available at Missouri Department of Conservation Service Centers. It’s a good idea to call first to make sure your favorite MDC office has received their supply. My favorite thing about the Natural Events Calendar is that it is loaded with daily notes about the timing of natural events in Missouri. Oh–and the photographs aren’t too shabby either! I hope you enjoy this teaser until you can pick up a calendar for yourself.

Canon 40D; Canon 300/4 L IS Lens; 1/800 @ f/5.6; ISO 200; RAW Capture; Feisol CT3301 Tripod with Markins M10 Ballhead; Converted and processed in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP)

Thanks for Looking!




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5 comments on “Monarch Migration”

  1. Danny – LOVE this image!!!!

  2. We too have been watching the migration of our butterflies in India, and since the Monarch has a look-alike here…the Striped Tiger (…this was especially interesting to me.

    I’ll order a calendar for St.Louis…thank you very much!

  3. What a beautiful contrast of color. Nature, nurturing Nature. Thanks, Danny, for sharing.

    Art Tilley

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