The beautiful Monarch Butterfly, “king of the garden”, graced my childhood years in notable profusion. The Monarch’s dance of fire among the flowers was a constant summer delight. Sadly, the Monarchs are disappearing.
As this Monarch Butterfly article points out: “Endangered species like lions, elephants and porpoises grabbed everybody’s attention, but the decreasing population of Monarch was only very recently noticed. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service disclosed recently that from the year 1990, around a billion Monarch butterflies have vanished.”
And a very recent article, January 2019: Are Monarch Butterflies Becoming Extinct?
Why am I writing this Wild Interlude series? Because I am of a generation that remembers when things were different. I want to not only share the beauty of nature, but the realization of what we are now rapidly losing if things don’t change. The negative effects of how we are handling our natural environment are growing exponentially. They have far-reaching permutations and repercussions.
Today, in this moment, drink in the beauty of the regal Monarch Butterfly. See why I miss them?
“We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all. We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch butterfly and the magnolia tree. The feeling of respect for all species will help us recognize the noblest nature in ourselves.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Photo courtesy of Cindy Gustafson, Pexels
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