Monarch meditation / モナーク瞑想

Many residents here in the ashram are trying to help the monarch butterflies to reestablish their population, by preserving milkweed and by protecting the caterpillars until they become butterflies. Already at least a dozen monarchs have been released here, with probably dozens more to come.ここでは多くのアシュラム住人が、モナーク蝶(オオカバマダラ)の数を増やそうと努力しています。その方法は、幼虫の食べ物となるミルクウィード(トウワタ)という植物を増やし、蝶に孵るまで幼虫を保護するというものです。もうすでに私たちが保護していた12匹以上のモナークがここで放たれました、今後さらに倍以上放たれることになるでしょう。

Yesterday, I watched as a monarch that had emerged from its chrysalis a couple hours earlier was released. I was so taken by its beauty that I brought it very close, and it climbed on my face. The following are some pictures grabbed from a video that was taken at that time. 昨日私は、さなぎから孵化して2時間ほどたったモナークが放たれる瞬間を見ることができました。モナークのあまりの美しさに見とれてしまい近くまで引き寄せると、モナークが私の顔を登り始めました。下の写真は、その時に撮影した動画からとったものです。

Monarch 3 monarch1Monarch 4Monarch 6 Monarch 7

Then it climbed up on my forehead and flew away…そして私のおでこによじ登ったあと、飛び去って行きました・・・

Monarch 8 Monarch 9 Monarch 10It is truly a joy to see so many butterflies flourishing here. The children are also extremely excited and happy to be able to protect mother nature and help the preservation of at-risk species.ここでたくさんの蝶の命が育まれるのを見ることは、この上ない喜びです。母なる大地を守り、そして絶滅の危機にさらされている生き物たちを守ることに、子どもたちもとてもワクワクし、喜んで何かしたいと思っています。

Later, I plan to post more about our efforts to help the monarchs…後日、モナークを助けるための私たちの活動を、もっとご紹介したいと思います・・・

4 thoughts on “Monarch meditation / モナーク瞑想

  1. It has been so many years since I’ve seen a monarch butterfly. They were a very important part of my youth. I hope they come back to Seattle too. Your pictures are beautiful.

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