You know—I want to be a nature study kind of family. But the reality is we stink at formal nature study. We aren’t good at following a plan of what to study. And nobody wants to write in a nature journal. But we do love to be outside in nature, and I’ve decided that’s good enough!
We’ve recently discovered thousands and thousands of monarch butterflies hanging out in the little barranca near our house. So we often wonder over just to watch the butterflies. There is something about more than one butterfly flying together that just brings out my inner joy.
We even experienced the joy of witnessing the birds and the bees (or should I say the butterflies and the butterflies ) up close. I found it pretty interesting. I-E found it pretty horrifying. She thought the male was going to kill the female. I told her, “I think they are making babies.” To which she replied, “ No, it is much too violent for that.”
So, we stayed and watched the twenty-five minute process. And for the record, both survived to fly away.