Monarchs are in Mexico sipping margaritas ‘til March.  #Wordless Wednesday  #Monarch Butterfly sipping nectar at the Goodwill Garden at Heritage Park.

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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55 Responses to Monarchs are in Mexico sipping margaritas ‘til March.  #Wordless Wednesday  #Monarch Butterfly sipping nectar at the Goodwill Garden at Heritage Park.

  1. Lovely pictures! Soon they will return, one of the nicest things about summer. ☀️

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Barbara! I agree with you. On this day I went to the Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park – – no butterflies. Went to the Community Gardens where people rent plots of land to grow veggies and flowers and there was this beautiful Monarch butterfly.

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  2. peggy says:

    Ha – are you sure thosr monarchs drink? Funny.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad to give you a smile Peggy. I think they spend six months in Mexico so they might be doing that. 🙂 Have you ever seen the photos of all the Monarchs grouped together on a tree until they leave in March? It’s absolutely beautiful to see them all clinging together, then when it’s time to leave, they go in stages, so they don’t fly into one another as there are so many of them.

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      • peggy says:

        Yes, I have watched programs on PBS where Monarchs group together in Mexico. It is magnificent.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’ve never seen a TV show about it, but would love to see that. The article I read was a woman tourist visiting and I guess the area is quite rigorous and not easy to get to, but she was determined to see it, so she did and got beautiful photos. She described the slow departure in stages. I would have thought they all left at once. I am watching “All Creatures Great & Small” on PBS and really like it. I read most of the books when I was younger and still have one or two paperbacks I bought later that I’ve not read yet. I am trying to make an effort to read again. I was an avid reader, then rode with someone to work after years of riding the bus to work. Now with walking/blogging/working from home (11 years for that), I never get to read. How are your eyes doing Peggy?

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      • peggy says:

        I use to love to read. My right eye – that is my only eye needs a cataract off of it. I went to see a doctor and he said I could wait to have it off – going back in August. I wear magnifying glasses to read or do internet. I am always griping I can’t see things my husband and daughter can see. My left eye is gone. Have no depth preseption. Stoppped driving a year ago. Hated to give up driving, but that is life.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You have a good attitude about your eye problems as tough as it is. I know it must be difficult after having good eyesight for so many years.

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      • peggy says:

        Thanks Linda. Never thought my eyesight would be a problem. A person can live with infirmities or get depressed and just sit down and quit. I chose to do the best I can with losing one eye. I have faith that God will help me through whatever happens.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I admire you Peggy – yes, God will help you persevere through whatever happens.

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  3. I’d sure like to join them for a margarita.

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  4. Laurie says:

    Beautiful photos! A trip to see the Monarchs sipping margaritas in Mexico is on my bucket list. I might even sip a margarita myself!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Sounds like a plan Laurie. I read an article once about how all the Monarchs cluster together by the hundreds on trees, basking in the sunshine – it was an amazing sight to see in the article, let alone in person. I hope you get there to see it for yourself!

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  5. Rebecca says:

    So beautiful! It won’t be too long before they return.

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  6. Ally Bean says:

    Nice to see a spot or two of color during the muted days of winter.

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  7. trumstravels says:

    Beautiful photos Linda ! I wish I were a Monarch lol. So cold here !

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  8. Gorgeous shots, Linda! I think they are partying in Mexico with the hummingbirds that migrate south, too! I hope they are enjoying their mocktails, and I can’t wait to greet them this Spring!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Terri! Yes the snowbird beauties have got it good down in Mexico. Here in our state, the local nature sites begin tracking the progress of both the Monarchs and hummingbirds around April – we are later than you. I always think Spring when I hear the first Red-Winged Blackbird’s call in March.

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      • Spokane area expects hummers by mid April. They may take a slow ride back if our spring is delayed. I’ll be happy to see grass by March.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        We’ve had years like that where we had snow in early December and never saw grass until March. I am Canadian and in Oakville, we used to live right on the curve of our neighborhood cul de sac and we’d have some fierce blizzards and winds would make that snow drift. My father’s VW Beetle would be totally covered with snow in the morning, looking like an igloo. The last weather forecast, the meteorologist said we’d have a sizable amount of snow, 1-3 inches on Sunday. Not that I want snow, but I’m wondering when 1-3 inches of snow was considered sizeable?

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      • 1-3 inches sizable snow–that is rich! Great question, Linda! Who knows how long our winter will last this year? It definitely started early and shut down Autumn pretty early. Oh well, here and in the PNW, they say if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I wondered about predicting 1-3 inches as sizable snow too Terri. Not that I want snow. I follow several meteorologists on Twitter and people are complaining about no snow. We had 1.5 inches of rain yesterday – the weather folks say that would be equivalent to 11-12 inches … now that is some sizable snow! They say that expression here too and I thought it was unique to Michigan where you could start the day turning on the heat and finish it turning on the A/C.

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  9. Joni says:

    Love the title and the pictures!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Joni – seeing a Monarch is such a treat. I walked around the Botanical Gardens that day, hoping to see one, then left and at the Community Garden, there was this one flitting around in someone’s flower garden.

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  10. ruthsoaper says:

    A few years ago in the fall we witness part of the migration south when the field next to our property was full of goldenrod and one day hundreds or maybe thousands of monarchs were fliting and fluttering around it and sipping from the goldenrod. It was an amazing sight, but I have no pictures. The field has since been sold and the new owner cut down all the goldenrod so we will never see that again.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That must have been just amazing to see Ruth. I remember you telling me about your goldenrod when I posted some pictures of the goldenrod near the windmill in River Rouge – we both agreed it is very pretty. People think it is ragweed and therefore don’t like it due to allergies. I saw a group of Monarchs, maybe a dozen, nothing like what you saw, one day when I was at Council Point Park. It was a chilly Fall morning. They flitted right by me in a row and went to tree or bush. I tried taking photos, but they left again a few minutes later, but were traveling together. It happened pretty quickly. A park near my house has a volunteer garden of perennials and milkweed to encourage the Monarchs. But I see the Monarchs and Swallowtails favoring Lantana – someone plants orange Lantana there every year. They seem to like it a lot.

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  11. These are gorgeous photos with great details!!

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  12. Great Monarch pics, Linda! There are less of them in our area these days (including less of most of the other species of butterflies). Years ago, in my yard, amiable butterflies used to land on my fingertips. Now most are just not around. Let’s enjoy them while we can. Greta Thunberg has been right.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Tom – I love seeing butterflies too and would have loved to have one land on my fingertips. I had one land on my shoulder at the Park a few years ago. Another walker saw it and offered to take a photo if I I wanted to. I thanked her and said “it’ll fly off in a minute” but it didn’t – it stayed on there a good half hour! Yes Greta Thunberg was right – it’s sad.

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  13. Beautiful captures! I especially love the composition and bokeh in the last photo, WOW! Nice job, Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Shelley! Glad you liked them! I was walking around the Botanical Gardens looking for butterflies or hummingbirds – it was a very hot September day. There were none. Walking back to my car, I passed the Community Gardens where people rent plots to grow flowers or veggies and the work detail for the court grow food for Fish & Loaves; there was this beautiful Monarch in the garden. My lucky day!

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  14. I wish I was a butterfly! Lol Beautiful pictures Linda. 💕

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  15. Just beautiful details on the wings of that butterfly, Linda. I’m pleased to say that we saw many more butterflies last summer than we did the previous two summers.

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  16. Wow, such amazing photos! Such a joy to see as we’re in the middle of winter here in Wales.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you notesoflifuk! Unfortunately, we are in the middle of winter here in Michigan as well (though it has been a wonderful and near-snowless winter season so far, but snow is around the corner). I am always behind in sorting through my photos as I take so many in the warm weather. This beautiful Monarch was at a garden back on September 17th. I thought a little color would be nice to see after all our gray days and boring landscape.

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  17. Amorina Rose says:

    Love the use of language and of course the images.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Barbara. I am having a lot of fun with Wordless Wednesday. In March it will be three years since I started doing this feature … right after the pandemic began, so I can’t forget when I started. It gives me a chance to pare some of the photos from my too-long blog posts and do something fun with them. I am glad you enjoyed this one. What a beautiful creature and I walked around the Botanical Gardens on a very hot September day hoping to see a butterfly, saw none, then walked to my car past the Community Gardens where people buy plots to plant flowers and vegetables and the court-ordered work detail has gardens they grow for the food banks and there was this gorgeous butterfly, just waiting for me. 🙂

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  19. Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to see those “butterfly trees” in Mexico… that must be an amazing sight.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too Janis. If/when you return to Mexico you will have to see that location where they go. I read an article that it is a rigorous area for hiking, but well worth the trouble to see the “butterfly trees” or watch them lift off and leave the trees in stages

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