Earlier this year John made an insect hotel and hung it on the garden fence.
We've been waiting for our bee guests to arrive, but not a single room has been rented out yet.
However, a Monarch caterpillar thought the underside looked like the perfect place to form a chrysalis.
One morning last week John noticed the butterfly was close to emerging, so he moved the hotel to the back porch and took this photo while I was waiting for my camera lens to defog.
Even with the chrysalis right where we could check it frequently, we still missed its emergence. This photo was taken very soon after.
The butterfly's wings are still in the process of unfolding.
It took about an hour for it to reach the point where it was ready to fly.
During that time I was able to snap a shot
from every angle
When the time was right we brought Myles out to hold his very first Monarch butterfly.
He probably won't remember this.
But, we'll never forget it.