I finally did it! I finally got a good picture of a butterfly. It was one of the first things I saw when I entered the forest of the nature preserve. I was only going to take a quick walk through the place just so I could be out there today, but I found things like this butterfly!
This particular type of butterfly is called a Mourning Cloak. It's a pretty common kind of butterfly. I know I've seen this type before, but now I get to examine it whenever I want. I read that a caterpillar of one of these is black with red spots on it's back, and it also has shiny black spines that can sting you if you touch it. The butterfly is pretty harmless though.
As I was walking through the forest this three inch wide butterfly flew across the trail, then landed just behind me. It waited there on the forest floor long enough for me to get several shots. When I moved to get another angle it quickly flew away. I'm happy it waited long enough for me to get these pictures though.
I was surprised to find butterflies out in the forest this early in the spring, but I read later that these butterflies are commonly found this time of year. They actually wait out the winter, so they can come out early. I guess that's why they can take this cool weather.
I'm glad they can handle the cold, because we're about to get our last snowstorm here until next winter. I think it will be the last, but it's going to be big. Our temperature is also going to drop to make it seem like winter. This will last until the end of the week.
When it all happens, I'm going to completely ignore it. I'm not a weatherman and I'm done with snow, so I'm going to pretend it doesn't exist. I'll go about my routine days without ever thinking about it. I'll be thinking about butterflies instead.