Posted by Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 7 October 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.
Monarch butterflies mass prior to their long flights out of the Toronto area each Autumn.
monarch-butterflies | migration | autumn
je n'ai jamais vu autant de papillons
7 Oct 2012 8:02am
@L'Angevine: J'ai des photos avec beaucoup d'autres dans le cadre. C'était incroyable.
A superb capture Rick, it's got me wondering what the collective noun is for a group of butterflies, a flutter perhaps !
7 Oct 2012 8:15am
@Doug: Some of the terms are "lek", "swarm", "rabble"... I rather like "rabble", though I took pains not to become a rabble rouser in these meadows ! Thanks a lot, Doug.
A wonderful capture of so many of them in the flowers !
7 Oct 2012 9:08am
@Mhelene: Thanks very much. They were uncountable within some of the trees, almost as many as there were leaves !
Quelle peut bien être la raison qui incite ce petit insecte à entreprendre un si long voyage de 3000 kilomètres?
Magnifique image Rick !
7 Oct 2012 9:31am
@Enzo: Une telle grande distance pour les petites ailes! Merci beaucoup !
Wonderful shot of this bunch of butterflies ! The colours make an outstanding picture ! I love it!
7 Oct 2012 9:40am
@Mireille T.: Thanks very much. The light was diminished due to overcast skies, and that aided in capturing good colors for most of the shots. I'm glad you like it !
Wow... incroyable !... C'est magnifique , belles couleurs.)
7 Oct 2012 10:34am
@tataray: Merci beaucoup !
What a fantastic sight !!
7 Oct 2012 11:04am
@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Especially appreciated when I can see this even though I live in a big city. Thanks for having a look !
A superb shot with all these vibrant colors and contrasts.
7 Oct 2012 12:10pm
@Florence: Very pleased that you like it, dear. Thanks !
How wonderful to see and photograph this. Very nice.
7 Oct 2012 12:49pm
@B. Thomas: Thanks a lot, and I love your foxes picture for today.
Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaa!! superbe ta photo!! jamais vu cela! j'adore+++++++ bravo!je te remercie pour tes passages sur mon blog pendant mes vacances!!
7 Oct 2012 1:53pm
@Martine: Merci beaucoup : Je profiter de vos photos. Ravie de vous revoir parmi nous!
7 Oct 2012 3:55pm
@maurizio jaya costantino: A great word and feeling : thanks !
An amazing sight to see so many to together. Nice shot.
7 Oct 2012 4:20pm
@Slackwater - Don: Glad to share it : thanks, Don.
this is a stunner, rick - both the colour combination (monarchs and flowers) and the topic as such! what a gathering of gloriously beautiful butterflies! i wish them god speed on their way to mexico ...
7 Oct 2012 5:33pm
@franz: Wonderful feedback and kindness toward the little long distance travellers ! If you ever visit my city, perhaps you will time it for late August and early September, for your own chance to stand chest high in meadow growth and Monarchs !
oh !! that's wonderful !! so many butterflies here !
7 Oct 2012 5:49pm
@Lydia.Dd: Thank you for having a look at them !
woooow ....Wonderful shot
i like it..
7 Oct 2012 6:29pm
@Mina: I'm glad : thanks !
A wonderful image!
7 Oct 2012 6:31pm
@Denise: Happy to share and know you like it : thank you !
Good shot. Long trip to Mexico.
7 Oct 2012 6:36pm
@Rafael: Thanks, and yes... I don't know how they do it !
beautiful colors ! a bunch of butterflies ! nice capture Rick !
7 Oct 2012 7:36pm
@Anna.C: Thanks very much, Anna. Have a nice evening and upcoming new week !
very nice & amazing!!!
so beautiful colors!
7 Oct 2012 7:53pm
@omid: Thanks for the compliments !
I am so envious that you got to witness this let alone photograph it. I LOVE this image. It is magnificent!
7 Oct 2012 7:55pm
@Ruthiebear: Thanks for the great feedback !
Cool shot; I've never seen so many butterflies at once...that is amazing!
7 Oct 2012 8:33pm
@RBL: Being there amongst them in person is verging on the surreal. Thanks a lot !
This is lovely!
7 Oct 2012 8:45pm
@Ralph Jones: Thanks, Ralph.
Oh, this is beautiful, Rick ... and what a glorious opportunity to be in the midst of so many Monarchs before they journey southward. I think I would be so busy watching them I might forget to grab shots!
7 Oct 2012 9:03pm
@Judy aka L@dybug: I always strive to get my shots and put the camera down so that I can be truly there, soaking it all up. Ha ha, when I first got into the whole DSLR thing about four years ago, I took pictures of everything. It started to feel like it wasn't "real" until I photographed it. All a part of an obsessive learning curve process ;-) Thanks, Judy.
Beautiful shot of the butterflies !
8 Oct 2012 2:43am
@Irene: Thanks for looking :)
You've entered the Kingdom of Pure Magic ! WoW !
8 Oct 2012 7:33am
@k@: All of this from what was just a landfill site where construction rubble is dumped all week.
Spectacular - love this vision of the miracle of nature!
8 Oct 2012 9:11am
@Stephen: Incredible creatures, to undergo such a mind blowing metamorphosis and undertake that kind of journey when they migrate. Thanks !
Extra ordinary colors !
8 Oct 2012 12:31pm
@Gérard Beullac: Much easier to photograph when the sunlight isn't at full power.
This is a most wonderful image, Rick. Superb!
8 Oct 2012 1:28pm
@Francisco Romero: Very glad you like it !
8 Oct 2012 3:13pm
@Tinx: Thanks for dropping by to see them :)
A colorful winged reception. Amazing and photogenic.
8 Oct 2012 4:33pm
@Mowgli: In these massive meadows that are off the beaten bicycle and jogging paths, I was all alone with the butterflies. An incredible visit and sense of space with a very big city all around but feeling so distant. Thanks !
That is truly magical! And one of nature's gifts I've always wanted to see so thank you very much for this :-)
8 Oct 2012 5:57pm
@Mooie: So happy to share it, cheers ! This isn't from this year : I tried on three occasions to time my cycling visits for this event, and kept missing it. Next year I'm vowing to make a nice movie of it all, especially long range wide angle views that show just how many of these butterflies are out there.
Magical ! :)
8 Oct 2012 7:34pm
@Babzy: Yes, they make humans look rather predictable and ordinary ;) Thanks for the comment !
OUTSTANDING photo of these wonderful butterflies !!!
A very well deserved Spotlight AGAIN ... Congratulations Rick !!! I'd like to hire you to take some "spotlight" pictures for me ;-)))
8 Oct 2012 7:48pm
@Baldwin: Very good of you, Baldwin : thanks ! Well, I certainly don't know and have never known the criteria recipe, so I'll just be humble and thankful once again and call it a true surprise, again ! The second that I begin to try to take "Spotlight" pictures will be the precise moment that I completely lose the joy of taking pictures :)
Des fleurs de papillons!!! Une vraie merveille. Félicitations pour le Spotlight. Bonne journée.
8 Oct 2012 7:59pm
@Tede: Merci pour le commentaire très agréable, Tede.
Congrats on your well deserved SPOTLIGHT
8 Oct 2012 8:36pm
@Ruthiebear: Thanks very much. I'm going to hand it to the butterflies, for all of their hard work in looking so pretty and then flying thousands of kilometres.
Congratulations on the spotlight !!! Your picture is exceptional and really deserved it!!!
8 Oct 2012 8:49pm
@Mireille T.: Thanks a lot, Mireille.
8 Oct 2012 9:01pm
@omid: Thanks !
Awesome Rick, awesome,
very good subject in right framing
8 Oct 2012 9:02pm
@Moein: I thank you !
Félicitations pour le Spotlight Rick :-)
8 Oct 2012 9:47pm
@Enzo: Merci beaucoup, Enzo.
Oh, happy day ... I am thrilled to see your image in the Spotlight tonight ... congratulations, Rick!
8 Oct 2012 10:51pm
@Judy aka L@dybug: That is very good of you, Judy : thanks a lot !
Bravo pour le Spotlight!!!
8 Oct 2012 11:33pm
@Denise: Merci beaucoup !
9 Oct 2012 12:42am
@john4jack: Thanks, Jack.
Oh my god! I realy do love them!!!
9 Oct 2012 12:56am
@Sin Banoo: I love your reaction : thanks for looking !
What a blessing for you to be able to see this, and what a blessing for us that you shared it.
9 Oct 2012 3:39am
@SharonPleasants: Thanks for the super nice comment, Sharon.
I haven't seen anything like this before... Thanks for showing it. And a great photograph indeed !
9 Oct 2012 4:51am
@Learning Soul: The camera allows us to share in ways that were once unimaginable. I'm glad you like the picture, and thanks!
Je n'ai jamais vu autant de papillons !!!! magnifique ! bravo pour le spotlight
9 Oct 2012 5:19am
@Sophie: Merci beaucoup.
Congratulations on the spotlight
9 Oct 2012 5:34am
@Aubélia: Thank you.
Congrats Rick ! :-)
9 Oct 2012 7:11am
@Florence: Thanks a lot, Florence :)
Félicitations pour le spotlight mérité)
9 Oct 2012 7:19am
wish I was there to see that, love them all!
9 Oct 2012 7:25am
@Dimitrios: I am fortunate to live where it happens yearly. Thanks for looking.
Congrats on a beautiful and inspiring Spotlight, Rick!
9 Oct 2012 9:45am
@Stephen: Very good of you to say, Stephen. Thanks.
Coucou! félicitation pour ton spotlight bien mérité!
9 Oct 2012 9:55am
@Martine: Merci beaucoup.
9 Oct 2012 10:05am
@Ann: Thanks !
...and congratulations on the spotlight !
9 Oct 2012 12:41pm
@Mhelene: Thank you !
Congrats lumineux !
9 Oct 2012 3:54pm
@Eric C.: Merci !
A wonderful image, congratulations on the spotlight.
9 Oct 2012 5:26pm
@Willem: Much appreciated, Willem.
9 Oct 2012 5:39pm
@Ana Lúcia: Thanks for dropping by to look.
Absolutely beautiful! And what a long journey. Congratulations on the Spotlight!
9 Oct 2012 6:35pm
@Elaine Hancock: Thanks a lot, Elaine.
here we go ... another one !!! compliments and chapeau, sir !
9 Oct 2012 8:19pm
@franz: Always a classy person, franz, and I thank you !
a Wonderful image and a well deserved spotlight winner! Congrats
10 Oct 2012 4:18am
@Loretta: Kind words, Loretta : thanks a lot.
Fabulous, congratulations on your well deserved spotlight
10 Oct 2012 12:45pm
@Christine: Thanks you, Christine.
10 Oct 2012 2:59pm
@M.Mostafa: Thank you.
Lovely !!! Looks like butterflies have blossomed on the shrub...with golden blossoms...
11 Oct 2012 5:22am
@Devi: Thank you for the visit and comment, Devi.
11 Oct 2012 2:31pm
@glenn: Thanks a lot, glenn.
This is a fabulous.
13 Oct 2012 6:15pm
@LauraS: Thanks a lot !
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