Friday, October 14, 2011
Was it a swarm, flutter, kaleidoscope, or rabble?
It's one of those times you immediately want to tell everyone you know what just happened ...
This afternoon, I came home from work and headed into the back yard with the dogs. As they rushed out, a cloud of butterflies was flushed up into the air and surrounding yards. I know that I'm capable of hyperbole, but this was truly a CLOUD of hundreds, maybe more than a thousand, butterflies.
So why don't I have pictures of more than a few butterflies?
Because I have two dogs with waterfowl retrieval in their DNA, and they didn't come packaged with a stealth setting. They ran happily about, effectively scattering my little miracle to the winds while I dashed back into the house for the camera. And the remaining few who were too tired to scatter still had enough adrenaline to dash off when I got close with the camera. (Do butterflies have adrenaline?) These guys must've flown the farthest because they were too tired to move.
Anyway, I got to see it and that's a fairly amazing way to end my day.