Under delicate siege
It's been a banner year for Vanessa cardui, apparently.
Thousands and thousands of them have been passing through town, en route from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest.
As I drove around last weekend, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. At first I thought they were escaping from some central location, because there were just so many of them.
Later, I realized they were all going one direction.
You can stand still and count them as they fly past, fixing your eyes on a different one each second or two, and noticing the others in your peripheral vision.
If they develop weapons, we are finished.