Out on a walk in the Hormel Nature Center yesterday, Ruth and I came upon a group of monarchs clustered on the flower in the lower photo. (You can see them if you look closely.) Small and fragile as they are, it's hard to believe that they will soon begin their thousand-mile journey to Mexico where they will winter, breed and die. When we view nature it becomes immediately apparent how much death is a part of life. Somehow, we humans have a hard time coming to terms with that.