"How true it is that,
if we are cheerful and contented,
all nature smiles,
the air seems more balmy,
the sky clearer,
the earth has a brighter green...
the flowers are more fragrant...
and the sun, moon, and stars
all appear more beautiful,
and seem to rejoice with us."
Tiny Monarch Caterpillar - this is my first of the year sighting. - Deerfield Trail, Blacksburg, Virginia
Each weekend I try to get out and inspect the milkweed that grows in and around the many greenways and trails in Blacksburg. I was rewarded with my first sighting of a tiny monarch caterpillar - who I hope grows up to become a beautiful monarch butterfly.