Here in California the Monarch Butterfly population is decreasing. They live on milkweed, and to help the butterflies, people plant the milkweed in their gardens. I have several plants, donated and self-propagated, in my side patio container garden. The Monarchs do come around, too, and often they flit in pairs. Perhaps we will find caterpillars in the future. This milkweed is sending forth its seeds, scattering on the breeze.
When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.
–Stephen Jay Gould
Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
When I saw this photo, I was really pleased. I never thought I could get a picture like this with film. In digital, I’ve done it a lot, but never in film. The lens I used was wide open, just to see if I could nail sharpness and blur.