Saturday, April 22, 2023


 It's Earth Day 2023  Today I would like to make the case for Dandelions.  Many people do everything they can to keep them out of their lawns.  A few, like me, let nature take it's course.  This is the reason why.  Monarchs are emerging in our area and looking for food.  Flowers are not very plentiful this early in the year but Dandelions are starting to emerge and as seen here, are providing much needed nutrients to emerging butterflies like Monarchs.  Keep the bees and butterflies in mind while planting your gardens this year.  Try to plant native flowers if you can.  Butterflies enjoy Zinnias as well and they are one of the cheapest and easiest flowers to grow and can be grown easily from seed.  I captured this Monarch last Sunday on a cool spring day after we finally received some rain and the Dandelions popped out like crazy.


  1. I must admit I've never thought much about dandelions, other than mowing them down. Nice shot.

    1. Thank you Tom! That's why I mentioned it because they are often overlooked as a food source.