Welcome Guests

Last year I found a monarch butterfly wandering around my yard. It made me wonder how many more years they’ll be making their cross-country trip. [stderr]

Yesterday I was doing some weed-reduction (I kill small trees because they become large and drop leaves and needles into gutters) and one of the butterfly bushes that I had allowed to stand had been completely obliterated.

It looked like the neighbor had accidentally mowed over it (we leave butterfly bushes and some milkweed at the boundary line between our property)

I counted 24 of the caterpillars. I wonder how many of them will survive to make the grand voyage! Good luck, mes enfants!

group photo!

*puff* *puff* must… get… over… hill.

This stuff is shot with the basic lens in my iPhone. It’s so amazing how good digital photography has become. The first digital camera I used was a 1992(?) Apple powershot, which produced nearly tolerable 640×480 resolution pictures. At that time I was shooting 120 Tmax in a Hasselblad and I thought digital photography was never going to be significant. Like Kodak, I was very wrong.

------ divider ------

Tonight I am departing for Chicago, to attend a small get-together of computer security’s grumpy old coots. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to post anything, or if I will be cooting too hard. To be honest, recent events and what I’ve been writing about have just depressed the hell out of me, so I am looking forward to a few days of geeking out. I’m hauling my gaming system and 3D VR headset along with my slow motion camera, because some of the folks haven’t had a chance to play Fruit Ninja VR. Seriously, that is one of the most fun and breathtaking illusions I’ve seen. VR gear is not worth what it costs for long-term play but it sure is neat for a couple of hours. Anyhow, I’m taking a breather of sorts.


  1. GenghisFaun says

    Whilst I never tire of reading your posts, I am glad of it when you or any of my favorite bloggers take a well deserved break. Thanks for sharing your take on the harrowing world in which we live, historical observations, and tales of your adventures as a tinkerer/creator. It’s much appreciated. Enjoy your respite!

  2. voyager says

    Caterpillars and butterflies are such wonder-filled things. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great time in Chicago.

  3. jrkrideau says

    I have not see a Monarch in years, well, except the HM the Queen when she drove by a couple of times (I used to work in Ottawa), but there seem to be reports that the butterflies are recovering slightly.

    We have some milkweed in the back yard and a lot of neigbours have milkweed in the gardens so we can hope.

  4. says

    Have a great time!
    Butterflies embody many people’s disrupted relationship with nature: tgey looooooove butterflies, but will kill caterpillars without thinking.

Leave a Reply