Madeline and the Monarch

The Ciaramitaro Family stopped by Willowdale today for a tour of the butterfly gardens. We were lucky to see several Monarchs and dozens of Painted Ladies.

Click the photo to view larger and you will see the Monarch climbed onto Madeline’s finger–it takes great patience to hold still long enough to allow a butterfly to climb aboard!

Madeline was determined that a butterfly would climb onto her finger–first trying the Painted Ladies and then very, very patiently, and holding very, very still, encouraging the Monarchs. She was thrilled when one did–and did so several times–very sweet to see her joy. Madeline and Eloise were expertly identifying the male and female Monarchs and explaining to all in how to tell the difference.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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5 Responses to Madeline and the Monarch

  1. Maggie Rosa says:

    That is a lovely shot and congrats to Maddy for being so determined. Such discipline will stand her in good stead for the future.

    • Kim Smith says:

      Thank you Maggie re photo and yes I agree about Madeline-determined and fearless–and both sisters are amazing sponges for information about butterflies!

  2. Sista Felicia says:

    The Butterfly Gardens at the Willodale Estate are simply beautiful! Kim thank you for our special tour. Its a magical place inside and out!

  3. Kim Smith says:

    My joy and thank you Felicia for coming!-the Arts and Crafts architecture, the gardens, the setting–Willowdale has truly a fairy tale-like quality.

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