September Gatherings On Muddelty Creek

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The gentle September sun washes over the marsh as I step out from the big blue truck. The melodic calls of the Red-winged Blackbird are notably absent from the soft breezes. Instead I hear the drone of grasshoppers on the edge of water where they can enjoy the tall grass. The swamp roses have shed their pedals and brilliant red orbs have begun to appear in the thorny branches. The Silky Dogwood now sports blue fruit among the reddish leaves all throughout the water’s edge. But God is not finished with the season of growth yet. Amid the fresh spires of cattails the Joe Pye weed is in full glory. The sweet smell of the bloom brings in the butterflies from all directions. They float in on sunbeams resembling shards of stained glass. The bountiful harvest of sweet nectar is gathered by all without jealousy. The bright yellow Swallowtail and spectacular monarch butterflies seem to enjoy fellowship with Pipevine and Spicebush alike. And deeper into the untamed wilderness I see blues and sulphur butterflies along with painted ladies and skippers. All have come to the delta to partake in celebration of last days of summer.

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6 thoughts on “September Gatherings On Muddelty Creek

  1. Love hearing about all the butterfly varieties in your area. The Swallowtail butterflies are in Alaska for a brief time in summer but we do not get to see the Monarch butterflies. Lloyd, thanks for sharing your marsh with us.

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    1. Thank you so much ❤
      We'll have them up into November sometimes but only a few and that's just in warm years. The monarchs are native here but migrating to South and so these are probably just passing through. The Ironweed and Joe Pye weed are an important food source on their way.

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      1. You are welcome! It is amazing to see the species that migrate. Our migration in Alaska is finished but I am sure the birds are still heading to other places. Some migrate to South America, Africa, North America and Asia. It is amazing what God does with his creatures.

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