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I am monarch of all I survey

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Unlike the narrator in Cowper’s poem, the first line of which is this post’s title, what I surveyed in far north Austin on October 12th was a colony of Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) with monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and other insects busily working them.

I’ve taken much closer pictures of monarchs over the years and even on October 12th. I chose to show this more-distant photograph because I wanted to emphasize how relentlessly yellow the Maximilian sunflower colony appeared to me with the sun’s rays shining through the flowers’ rays.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 10, 2017 at 4:28 AM

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