Butterfly, The Fen, Yosemite Valley

Quite a few of these beautiful butterflies were fluttering around “The Fen” in Yosemite Valley on Saturday morning.

Haven’t heard of “The Fen”?  It’s one of my favorite little spots in Yosemite Valley.  It’s a short boardwalk trail through a marsh.  If you follow the trail from the Happy Isles shuttle stop to the Nature Center (open May through September), you’ll find the trail off to your right.

This is a lovely spot to explore with a child, though there can be a lot of mosquitoes in the early summer.  Most people rush right on past here, if they pass through at all, on a mission to hike up to Vernal or Nevada Falls, or Half Dome.  I suspect most people don’t even know it’s here.  Lovely…

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26 Comments

  1. kiaman2012 says:

    Fabulous images!

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  2. talain45 says:

    I enjoyed your butterfly photos, as well as other posts like the Stellars Jay one. We do not have either of those species on the East Coast! You have a nice eye for photography, capturing images of nature and of your son. Great photos, keep shooting and thank you for sharing.

    Michael

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thank you, Michael. 🙂

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  3. Planting Potatoes says:

    fascinating place, great photos too! 🙂

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      It’s a beautiful little spot.

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      1. Planting Potatoes says:

        definitely on my bucket list! 🙂

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        1. A Nature Mom says:

          It’s a beautiful spot!

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  4. I love the sign. More of an extract from a dictionary, really.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      I love the sign, too. 🙂

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  5. LuAnn says:

    Such great photos you take! 🙂

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thank you, LuAnn.

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  6. Deborah - d.mooncrab says:

    You captured the butterflies beautifully.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thank you.

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  7. Great pictures!! Have you tried the new Gallery option in WordPress? I’ve only used it once myself but liked the layout!

    Blessings!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      No, I haven’t tried it out yet. I’m feeling overwhelmed this week, but I’m hoping to do the “happy” challenge and try it out! I’ve been loving what everyone has been posting!

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  8. Wow! those butterflies pics are so nice. We are in a butterfly moment now. We are growing butterflies and everything is around them… Even your posts, hahaha.

    thanks!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Serendipity!

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  9. When I see your pictures, it makes me want to ask Santa for a better camera!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      It’s addictive!

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  10. Clanmother says:

    I love how the butterflies pose quietly while you take their photos!!!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      One of the butterflies sat there and turned around and around repeatedly, putting it’s wings up, then down, then up again. It was a perfect model.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        🙂

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  11. badwalker says:

    Thanks for the trail and butterfly pictures. Love the Fen (marsh) sign.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      I love that they felt the need to define what a “fen” is on the sign. 🙂

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