A surprise visit

by Barbara J Posted on May 06, 2011

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I will always keep my camera close by my side.

On October 25th at 7 a.m., I was drinking a cup of coffee and looking at the reflections of the morning sun on the cedar and pine trees up the hill. Something beautiful caught my eye. I could not stop looking at the glistening in the trees.

What a wonderful surprise. It was thousands of Monarch butterflies hanging in the trees! With my PJ’s on and my camera in my hand, I ran up the steep hill and could barely get my breath. As I approached the beautiful golden butterflies, I could not hold the camera steady for breathing so hard.

What a sight. Some butterflies still had their wings closed, others open, and the rest were flying across the lake heading for Mexico.

Always have your camera ready to capture magical surprises, because they can happen at any time or any place.

I will never forget this experience as they flew all around my head on that October morning. I stood there all alone except for the Monarchs and I thought this must be heaven. It was just magical!

Keeping my camera in my hands,


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P. S. The Monarchs are now on the endangered list. The forests in Mexico are depleted for a source of income. We can help by planting Butterfly Weed to help maintain the growth of our precious Monarchs.

What magical moment have you captured with your camera? Let me know by commenting on this article. I would love to hear yours story.


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  1. Earl J Says:

    A great story with beautiful pictures. How true, keep a camera near-by — that’s why I bought a pocket-sized camera too.

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    Earl, that is really a great idea! We never know what to expect.

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    Your photographs are wonderful. An amazing sight in person, I bet.

  4. Joey Says:

    Barb, I love the way you told your story. I think I would have been shaking too seeing so many butterflies at once. What a magical experience for sure and your photos are so crisp and for sure tell the story of a magical day.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Joey Says:

    oh and i always have my camera with too!! I should buy a pocket size one that doesn’t use batteries. I ran through so many of those!

  6. conniee4 Says:

    Amazing images! I wish I had been there with you! I would like to think one of these beautiful Monarch’s made it to your house from mine in Indiana.

    What an amazing site this must of been and what a gift from God!

    Thank you for sharing! I hope you get to see it again this year!

  7. conniee4 Says:

    Pop by my article related to butterfly’s :


    Lets make a butterfly garden together to send our Monarch’s to Barbara!

more about Barbara J

I’m a dedicated Shutterfly fan and a member since 2006. I love all things Shutterfly and was ask to become a Shutterfly Guru in the Fall of 2009. I am retired and living on Lake Livingston, in East Texas. I love photography, travel and then creating photobooks! I am a walking ad for Shutterfly, and sharing what knowledge I have of Shutterfly with the community and also in my travels. It is an honor to be a part of a wonderful team of a dedicated Shutterfly family. I love digital scrapbooking, and also the new ANCP photo books from Shutterfly. If you have any questions or need any assistance feel free to contact me on the Shutterfly Forums. Also please visit my sharesite at http://barbarajsphotography.shutterfly.com

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