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Monarchs have always fascinated me.  They’ve always been plentiful too, until the last couple of years when the population dropped rather dramatically.  Last year I saw very few pass through my garden.  So this year, when they were more plentiful, I took my share of photographs.  Normally, they are somewhat skittish, but in September they focus on feeding and consequently you can move around somewhat more easily to get different perspectives.  Last week I had two males who were the perfect models for my efforts.  As a cold front has since come through, I imagine they are well on their way south.  Let me know what you think of the different backgrounds and lighting on these photographs.  Enjoy!