Saturday, August 19, 2006

In Glenda's Garden

I was out watering the zinnias late yesterday afternoon and noticed that there were 4 or 5 monarch butterflies, a hummingbird and numerous bees buzzing around in the garden,

If it hadn't been 103 degrees, I'm sure I would have appreciated that idyllic scene even more. There is also a honeybee in the purple ruellia, which proliferates somewhat like bamboo.

Many of the monarchs pass through Texas on their way to winter over in Mexico, where they can be seen lounging on the beaches with tiny sombreros.

You see, the problem is not getting into Mexico, but getting back out, as the border will be heavily guarded by the nonmonarchistas who claim that these butterflies are taking work away from American butterflies.

But you and I know that all butterflies work hard in this country no matter where they come from and the real ones profiting are the corporations, whom no one really likes to talk about.


At 5:13 AM, Blogger Tabor said...

Wonderful lifestyle you have in the 100 degrees!

At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

I miss monarch butterflies. We used to see them as kids all the time in NJ. Now, I don't see them much except on the northshore of Massachusetts in the flower beds, but only once and a while.

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for taking us out with you this morning.

At 6:45 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Well, the secret is try and to go out early in the morning when it is still nice. Preferably before 8AM.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Very nice pics!

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...


Katrinacrat operatives have uncovered some interesting 411 on this subject.

1) Our operatives foiled a plot to bring liquids onto those poor butterflies.

2) They also discovered that the nonmonarchistas have hired a preying Mantis as a lobbyist.

3) That is no honey bee my dear, it is an undercover military spy drone for the nonmonarchistas

4) All this is being financed by those profiteering corporations

5) The nonmonarchistas found out about the routes to be used, through unwarrented taps.

Please forward this 411 to your friends, so they will know the peril that they are in.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Scruffybutt said...

"Monarchistas" - snerk!

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

lovely pix and post about these undocumented guest agricultural workers ... course the generation that goes back to mexico was born north of the border??? which makes them amurkin citzins ... so they're illegal when they get to mexico too ... man wildlife just has no frickin' respect for the law!!!!!!!

At 9:20 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Hi, PoP, thanks.

Donnie, damn, just when it felt safe to eat honey, I bet now it's got some kind of white powder mixed into it.

scruffybutt, stay cool..we're having a heat wave!!

rory..of course, there are many generations of butterflies on both sides of the border,it's just getting harder to visit their kin.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

You made commentiong on a garden into great social commentary!


At 10:18 AM, Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Brilliant pictures! And brilliant allegory, too! Love the Katrinacrat's add-on.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger azgoddess said...

beautiful pics...and so true

the corporate smoke screen called illegal immigration...

one thing i know for sure...if it is in the newspapers and everywhere i look -- then it is something they want us to see/think and

i refuse...

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Frederick said...

We need these butterflies to do the work that American butterflies refuse to do...

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

Just looking at your pics of the Monarchs I can tell they're a lazy and shiftless bunch!

Why, you can barely distinguish them from the even-more evil islamo-fascist butterfly!

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Those damn gringo butterflies!
Hey Mariposa... Donde esta el GreenCard?
Isn't mariposa the word for butterfly in Spanish? I think that is what Dora the Explorer taught me and the kiddo the other day.
Speaking of BabyGirl, she informed my mom-- who had pointed out a monarch butterfly to BabyGirl-- that those were tiger butterflies. My mom said: "No baby, those are called monarch butterflies." BabyGirl looks my mom up & down, puts her lil hand on her hip and says: "Nonni, it has tiger stripes on it. Don't you see?" ... oh my... such bossy boots.

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are a lot darker and more suspicous looking than WASPs.

Great pics, Glenda but 103 degrees. Oh, what hell!

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Lorraine said...

Fab pictures, Glenda.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger glenda said...

I have been totally vegetating today.. thanks, everyone, I won't do the tedious thing of mentioning you all by name, you know who you are.
yes, there is his global warming issue, and it's hotter than I ever remember down here. Only 2 days this month below 100 degrees.
Oh, well, you kind of get used to your car always being hot, and the burn marks on the back of the leg as they meld into the leather bucket seats.

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Grish said...

Wow, excellent pictures there Glenda...

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Sue Woo said...

Hi glenda

You know you are my sista!I have moarchs and black swallowtails and those orange ones who love Maypops. Your photos are stunning.

I just spent the last 2 days teaching Social Work ethics. Always current,

At 3:53 AM, Blogger No said...

Really gorgeous, you are talented.

At 7:02 AM, Blogger JBlue said...

"Tiny sombreros." Funny.

I had no idea there was such discrimination against some butterflies!

Beautiful pix.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Anita said...


I really liked this metaphor of the work of butterflies.Great! you started talking about how they work, and nobody can tell from where they come from, and then you touched a very sensitive issue in an amazing way-- immigration. Excellent!
It reminded me of a book by an American writer (Richard Bsch)I read years ago in high school. Anyway at a point in the book he says that borders are just a matter of perspective. In an airplane, in very high altitude, one cannot tell where the lines separating countries are marked, and what language is being spoken down there -- and actually none of those really matter. What matter is perspective!
Have a good Sunday,


At 7:29 AM, Blogger DivaJood said...

Man, I thought they were just butterflies, gorgeous, but now I find out they are illegal immigrant spies. Must be part of that pesky Gay Agenda.

Glenda they are truly gorgeous photographs, I am blown away by the clarity.

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous karena said...

There is a phenomenon going on here in Texas with the massive influx of Nonmonarchists and other ethic groups of butterflies who are not leaving as expected. This is true and you may want to google it. It has scientific types baffled. It may the be the Gay Agenda, but it is real and it is happening right her in Texas and right under our noses.

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous karena said...

I saw on Diva Jood's site that you are right here in Austin. Send me your email via my email. Maybe we can chat on the phone or get together for lunch one day.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger WeezieLou said...

ok, glenda, you threw in the bee just to mess with our heads, right? great pix! and thnx for the web lessions.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Sothis said...

Thanks for the photos. I miss monarchs. Everytime I see a butterfly here in Belgium, I want to see a monarch (but of course, that is immpossible). I'd take 103 F to see them again any day.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Statistics demonstrate that the wages of low-skilled American butterflies are depressed 9.8% by undocumented immigrant butterflies. But fear not -- Mr. Bush will deploy a battalion or two of reservists armed with nets, and all will be right in the garden once again. ;^)

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Diane S. said...

Lovely photographs and a very apt metaphor.

Hope all is well with you!

At 10:47 PM, Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

103 degrees? Man - and I thought we had it bad at 97! More power to ya honey for getting out there and taking those pics. I haven't set foot in my big perennial bed in weeks. I haven’t the heart. No watering has been allowed in this drought - and I just can't bear to see the ruin of my once beautiful garden. So keep posting those pictures, my dear. Between you, SB Gypsy and Dharma Bums I am tending my green and growing fix quite nicely. *sigh* I only wish it would rain!!!

At 12:51 AM, Blogger Lily said...


As an aside, it helps the monarchs when people plant milkweed in their gardens, for them to stop on the way during migration. We have a monarch education center not far from here, in the Northeast- they really travel quite a distance.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Kelley Bell said...

So often, I see human activity on the idiot box, and in my mind compare it to the laws governing the natural world.

It's comforting to know, I am not the only one with a mind that flutters such.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger eProf2 said...


Thanks for the pics. Did you happen to catch CBS Sunday Morning yesterday? They did a segment on bees with statistics on such things as how long a bee lives: six weeks. How much honey will one bee produce: one tablespoon. How many pollinations: 2 million. It was quite interesting. Have a great day and a great week. Talk atcha later.

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