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Monarch Butterfly Festival bursting with color

My intention with View Finder is to find visually interesting places, events and people and use my camera to share them with you.

I’ve been doing a personal blog for a year and a half, and I’ve experienced something very nice as a result of it. People occasionally comment about how a post relates to them or they send me ideas for other subjects to feature or places to visit. That is the strength of this format — connecting with someone from anywhere in the world on a personal level around something that resonates with both of us.

I stopped for a couple of hours at the Monarch Butterfly Festival at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis last weekend and shot some pictures. This wonderful, family-oriented, Latino-flavored festival has been around for 3 years. Several thousand people attended and did art projects, ate tasty food, took in some good music and dance, learned a lot about monarch butterflies, and generally had a great time.

The kids enjoyed releasing tagged monarchs into the Lake Nokomis wildflower garden, to help the Mariposas Monarcas begin their almost comically impossible 2,300-mile journey to Mexico.

They fly from Minneapolis to Mexico. Think about that for a moment.

I look forward to this new adventure. 

Here’s to improbable journeys.

Inside MinnPost: New MinnPost blog, View Finder, focuses on what’s visually captivating

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