http://cwf-fcf.org/en/do-something/contests-winners/popular-vote-monthly-contest/ You need to register and qualify to add your own photos. Since I am a support of CWF and have been for years, I get their calendars. There is some excellent photography on them.
Last week I received milkweed seeds from Dave Dube in Oregon. He grew the milkweed seeds because he was interested in restoring habitat for Monarch butterfllies. This is something I am interested in doing as well. I have pots out on the garden - 6 with the Davis, showy milkweed and 8 with the other kind he sent. In the house, next to my light garden, I have 12 pots with seeds that should germinate soon. I have 12 more of the Davis seeds being stratified in the fridge. If my plants grow and I get enough of them to support a few monarchs I will get some monarchs for release. I do hope I can sp0ecify the gender. I will look into it through butterfly gardens in Sidney. Hopefully, they will be able to supply the butterflies to me. I am quite excited about this project. We have some information and links to Dave's you tube videos in our Community called Butterflies are Free, on Megashot.net. Come join us. Registration on the site is free. We have contests, communities, critiques, and more. There will be a Version 2 of the site, that will be just as user friendly, with all of the proposed features completed plus some new ones. Here is the Butterfies are Free Monarchs discussion: http://www.megashot.net/mega/ms-full-comm_forum-details.php?keythread=eed1d47804acf98ce0708a15509bb53a&threadval=c6f033cf7070e048e7051e3365fd1f13&forumthreadId=230&forumkeyId=538
November in the rain is all about planning for next year. Along with the Milkweed project, I hope to find some more of the Canadian wild flowers for my garden. While reading the Saanich website, I have found so much information about endangered species, where to find the wildflowers, how to protect any tree you have in your 'urban forest'. Here is a start to explore: http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/parks/trees/treebylaw.html
I just noticed that our Mayor has declared November 3 as tree planting day. Well... I missed it, drat!