These pictures were taken yesterday on the West Side of Binghamton, New York, which hasn't been hit by frost yet.
I thought, "what lovely marigolds", and then suddenly, a little visitor arrived.
I couldn't believe it. Butterflies have a special radar, when it comes to me. If I try to take their picture, they flee.
Not this time. Patiently, the butterfly waited me to snap its picture. Again, and again it waited, seemingly sensing that my back was still making me move a little slowly. It even flew to another flower and waited for me.
My guest photographer's sister identified the butterfly for me - Vanessa Atalanta - the Red Admiral butterfly. I so love that Latin name. So, I had to read up on my friendly companion.
Its host flower is stinging nettle, but they obviously will feed on French marigolds, too. One website described it as "docile"and "friendly".
I wonder if this one was migrating, because if he (or she) sticks around, he or she is going to have a nasty surprise on Wednesday morning, which looks like we will finally get our first frost. My suggestion, if you are still there Vanessa - fly away quickly.
But first, thank you for making my Friday a joy.
An October without frost. That is a first for the over thirty years I've lived in the Binghamton, New York area.
This winter, maybe I should take up the study of butterflies.