turns out the tennessee monarch isn't so elusive after all. you just have to know when and where to find them. i've since seen and photographed several others, but this first one will always have a special place in my heart. these beauties are so worth enjoying an safeguarding.
all photos, except this one, taken with an old 70-300 zoom lens that only works in manual focus. also, it really only takes decent photos in full sunlight which the monarch really seems to enjoy. :)