Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Sucked and the Success


The very excellent news is my butterfly project, growing Monarch Butterflies has been a rousing success. I took this shot just a few minutes ago and I'm excited to continue monitoring the chrysalises that hang from the house the plants and every which where.

update


When I came home from a vet appointment I checked again!


  So I looked and found anther getting ready to emerge.







 
she rocks back and forth to dry her wings


This is taking place just outside my door on a cactus planter.


Isn't nature miraculous!!

The suckie news is this blog may be vanishing simply because I can't for the life of me or my husband or my son figure out how to keep my domain name through google. They sent me the most convoluted email I had ever received, go here, go there, password this, that, an old email I have not used for several years. So if you find Along the Trail has turned into a porn site or a place selling shoes, I thought I'd tell you why.

I may set up a new one but for now, I'm just going to let technology take its course. Thank you all for joining me along this trail and for you kind comments and support throughout the years, I really have appreciated you!


Happy trails to you!
xo Ro b.r. (butterfly rancher)

40 comments:

  1. oh, my gosh!
    what a miracle.
    this deserves an amen and a hallelujah!
    thank you for sitting by your butterfly project in order to bring us the updates.
    i'm just sitting here, photo after photo, oh-my-gosh'ing….

    xo

    [hey. hasn't the site been compromised in the past? what's up with that?!?!]

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    1. Isn't it something special, I agreeeee birth and rebirth all at once, watching those crumpled, velvety wings fall out, I'm so glad I was there to watch, a true gift.
      xo

      Yes, I lost the blog once before, I don't know why google makes it impossible to pay them. I tried to set up auto pay the last time but my credit card was hacked twice since last year (don't you love it) so anything I pay automatically has to be reset. la la laaa!!

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  2. so cool, how their chrysalises change from green to translucent so we can watch. And how their coloration still tells predators to go elsewhere. Thank you for sharing, Ro.

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    1. You're welcome Jean, what a fun project this has been, starting with the milkweed. I loved seeing the wing color through the chrysalis, there really is an orange butterfly inside!

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  3. Wow! Those pictures are so cool! You were there at just the right time, those butterflies are so beautiful :)

    Oh man, that's a bummer about your blog :(

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    1. Bran, spanking, fresh, new wings, how fantastic is that! So beautiful!

      You are most likely more tech savvy than anyone here. Bryce has told me for years to move on to a new blog, but I don't like spending days in from of the computer to do it, why would I when I could be out watching butterflies :)

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  4. Astounding photos, Ro--these have to be the most marvelous monarchs ever!!! I'm in awe...these sacred moments of transformation--WOW!!!!

    Ohhhhhhh, this trail. All the photos, the poems, the stories here...the smiles. :-) This is one amazing trail. Any chance you got a spam/sham email?

    Hope you're still watching those butterflies...the Darrow Class of 2014. Your garden will be listed in the Mariposa Hall of Fame for sure!!

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    1. It was really wonderful Caroline, they were hanging everywhere like fresh laundry, perfect and so beautiful! When they tried to take there first flights they were clumsy, plummeting to the ground, I probably shouldn't have interfered but the garden was alive with birds and lizards so I let them climb into my hands, like perfect little prayers and I placed them higher in the bushes for safety. I am a butterfly wrangler after all :)

      I had no way of knowing if the mail was real either, I tried to contact google, good luck and I tried to research it, I just don't know but that was my first thought too :(

      Ha,, haa, funny lady!! They might need class rings!!!

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  5. Amazing photos, Ro!!! Have a nice days. Adela

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    1. Hello there Mama, I'm glad you came to see the metamorphosis, what an amazing event to behold!!

      I am an auntie a dozen more times now :)

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