September 7, 2009

abandoned and beautiful....

about a day or two before a monarch hatches
the chrysalis that has been his home for 12 days
turns transparent and you can see his wings
I took this photo right after his birth
which happened in seconds
~blinking can cause you to miss it~
and
when his newly winged body fell out of the chrysalis
it was the size of his original caterpillar body
can you see how his wings are still wet and curled
?
approximately 10 to 15 minutes after his birth
his body became a normal butterfly sized body and his wings were straightened out
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an hour later he abandoned the only home he ever knew
~his womb of sorts~
and
with our help off the screened in porch
he headed south
with mexico on his mind
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on saturday we missed the birth of our first butterfly, but yesterday we caught the birth of our second one with
my camera and also on video. it was spectacular to say the least. we have four more to go and I pray that I get to see
at least one more birth.....what a miracle.
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if you have time
stop over here to read more about what I wrote in regards to "abandoned"
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many of us will be playing here all week
so keep checking back to see the new stories and photos
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30 comments:

  1. I LOVE these photos!! This is incredible. I posted one of these last year about this time but the butterfly had already gone.
    I love that you can see the wings through the chrysalis.

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  2. Beth, I can't begin to tell you how fascinating I'm finding this. I know how it happens. I guess it's because a friend of mine is showing me what she's seeing that makes it all magical! Thank you for being so vigilant and doing this for us!

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  3. Wow! This is so cool! I've seen the before steps and the end steps when it stretches out into a full butterfly, but somehow I missed the 3 steps in between. Thank you so much for sharing! It's beautiful!

    **LOVE how it goes with your theme this week :)

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  4. Pure MAGIC, Beth...what a wonder! :o)

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  5. what a wonderful "science" project of sorts. your photos are amazing. i can only imagine the patience it took to sit still and watch the rebirth!

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  6. So cool. They are just beautiful, what a thrill to watch.

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  7. what an a amazing journey...you did a great job on this ...

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  8. Wow. These are amazing photos. Part of it is being in the right time at the right place, but the other part is seeing it in the first place and having the talent to capture it. Amazing.

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  9. What an incredible sight. You will never forget the miracle and we won't either because of your amazing talent with the lens. This is so beautiful and I do hope you capture the next 4 miracles too! Maybe they will happen at the same time to keep you really busy! Beautiful miracle. Geez...how do they know about Mexico? Amazing...

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  10. gorgeous!!! what beautiful shots and it had to be completely wonderful to see this happen.

    nature is an amazing thing

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  11. I absolutely love, Love, LOVE what you captured here (and set free)!

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  12. I would love to witness the birth of a butterfly in real life... thank you for sharing these photos.

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  13. What an amazing moment! This time I really cannot thank you enough for sharing with us... to see these magical jewels emerging has made my day.

    :-D

    (((hugs))),
    love,
    me

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  14. yeah...congrats on your new birth. i love it.

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  15. Hi totally exciting! Butterflies are so beautiful, but to experience the birth is wonderful.

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  16. they're pretty much freaking amazing! as are you. thanks for capturing this for us!

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  17. I recently took my children to our Science museum and watched the butterflies coming out of their chrysalis. I loved it. I love the name of you blog and your photos. You have inspired me to ask some of my friends to let me practice taking pictures of them.

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  18. Absolutely amazing. You have me captivated!!!

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  19. Wow that is amazing they are such interesting creatures.

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  20. such a beautiful baby you have... and i imagine you have already watched it fly off into the world, just like that? life is so amazing!!!
    xooxo

    love everything you are working on...getting into! so cool!

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  21. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog :) From the second I clicked over I knew I would love it here. I am excited to share the birth of the butterfly with the kiddos when they get home and after I've had a restful day!

    The photos of the little girl were just precious :)

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  22. Beth, I have found this all very interesting, glad you got to see the birth, just amazing isn't it.

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  23. I want you to know that I dreamed about this last night, Beth! It wasn't as pretty as your pictures though, it was actually a bit of a nightmare. I dreamed that these things kept getting stuck to me, and a really large one tried to trap me inside.

    Ahh...the hormones.

    :)

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  24. Oh Beth this is gorgeous, never knew it happend so fast. How wonderful you could see it happen.

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  25. So amazing! I hope the butterfly company sends us Monarchs this year. We're still waiting. I want the translucent chrysalis!!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth