monarchs and milkweed

Since moving back to #Illinois, I can’t help but notice all the attention paid to pollinators–the critters like bees and butterflies that move pollen around on a plant, causing it to produce seeds.

Milkweed is the ultimate snack for monarch butterflies.

They migrate thousands of miles for this stuff.

And they need milkweed to lay their eggs because Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves.

Local milkweed bloomed and has since faded, but these butterflies persist. I spied a few this past week and hope I might see some more before they migrate south for the winter.

promise and poetry

While I typically favor brightly colored flowers, when it comes to roses, I choose yellow.

I spied this rose earlier today and had to take a photo. (I hope my neighbor doesn’t mind.)

There’s so much promise and poetry here. And polarity. You can’t touch the stem (so thorny), but the petals (so soft) are buttery. Hoping this rose and its cousins hang on as long as the season allows.