20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Butterfly Gardener

7/20/21 Warwick, RI - Sandra Cook has converted her garden into a monarch butterfly way-station by planting milkweed and other plants vital to their habitat. Eggs laid on the milkweed are collected and raised in her home. Upon being released, this one flew back and landed on her hand just before fueling up for the 4000 mile flight back to Mexico. Monarchs are endangered due to habitat loss.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Warwick, Rhode Island, United States of America
Copyright: © Wolf Matthewson