It has been very windy of late. The morning following the first truly windy day, I spotted this male Hooded Merganser at the pond near my work.
Hooded Merganser and Mallard ducks
The Merganser was extremely wary. He is obviously not used to people. I had to stand very still for short periods of time, before slowly inching closer, in order to get these photos. At one point I even made myself smaller, by kneeling and bending very close to the ground.
On the next windy day, which followed only twenty four hours after sighting the beautiful Hooded Merganser, I got off the bus in the afternoon, to be greeted by this gorgeous Monarch butterfly, practically at my front door.
Trying to stay perched in the wind
I have never seen a Monarch butterfly here in Edmonton, or any other place that I have lived in Canada. It is difficult to describe the delight and elation of seeing and capturing it's image and I shall treasure these photos. Although I sincerely hope I will see the Monarch butterfly again.