Video bomb

Camera traps set up by researchers and wildlife officials capture wild animals–from the forests of Oregon to the high-altitude dessert of India’s Spiti Valley to Florida’s wetlands. Such as this remote camera that captured this shot of OR-7 in eastern Jackson County, Oregon, on USFS land; or this bear just resting. I set up my own improvised “camera traps” with the GoPro this morning for fun, and this speedy drifter video-bombed the recording. (Or maybe it was just good placement of the camera trap by a nice milkweed strand!)

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Monarch morning

The gliding orange and black caught my eye. Soon the monarch landed, on milkweed along the edge of sunlight. monarch 58 medium crop

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Remaining in motion

I turn my attention from the clouds and branches to the ferns and grasses, following a butterfly.

This visiting butterfly was in near constant motion, even as it probed for nectar.

This visiting butterfly was in near constant motion, even as it probed for nectar.

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Eluding the camera, but not my attention

Over the past few days, three monarch butterflies have brought joyful pause—two in our backyard and one monarch floating low towards the ferns and palmettos of open light at the nearby Red Bug Slough preserve.

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Spicebush swallowtail

This butterfly has a beautiful contrast of colors.

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