...even if it is the first day of fall, the days are getting shorter, and Monarch season is almost over. I started the day with breakfast with my very best of friends (❤️ you, Mare). Then, I went out to Mingodale Farm to launch the butterflies that emerged yesterday with John on this gorgeous day! I meandered the fields and found a few larvae, but the numbers have decreased greatly. I saved those I could - John was mowing the last of his fields this afternoon. I was sad, but I took heart in all that I kept safe these past weeks and that there was not too much Monarch activity anymore. I saw one empty chrysalis on a tall blade of grass. About 6 inches away, a female Monarch was waiting for her wings to dry in the sun. Oh how I wish I had my camera!!! When I came home, several more butterflies had emerged. While I waited for their wings to set, I had the chance to hike with my loves - Steve and Piper. It's been weeks! I needed that! When we got home, I tagged and released today's butterflies, bringing my total to 885 😳!
So now, I wait and worry that I am not going to have enough butterflies emerge in time for the wedding on Saturday. My fingers are crossed! Come on, Monarchs! Also, I am rooting to cross the one thousand mark. It's going to be close, but wouldn't that be cool?