my life in the land down under



Some people are interested in numbers; some are not.

However, today’s date is 12/12/12. There won’t be another repetition of numbers like this until next century, when we return to 01/01/01 (2101). I’m not sure if any of us will be around to see that!

Today we also made it to a century, as our 100th monarch butterfly for the season emerged from its chrysalis (along with numbers 97, 98, 99, 101, 102 & 103).

Last night I played ‘guess the 100th’ and marked one – and then later looked at the chrysalises again and made a second choice – from the seven that were expected today. My second choice was the 100th (a female), the other the 101st (a male), which emerged about 20 minutes later.

The following images show how our century played out.


9.41.42 am


9.42.26 am


9.42.52 am


9.43.23 am


9.54.57 am


11.23.15 am


P.S. We are in the southern hemisphere, so the snow is courtesy of WordPress. 🙂



Author: Janice

Married to a very lucky man (he sometimes agrees), I'm learning to be a better wife, homemaker, & step-mum to two adult children and their other halves. I enjoy thinking, writing, nature, travelling, reading, photography and other creative pursuits, and spending time with friends & family (not necessarily in that order). I work part-time with children & their families. I have too much stuff (working on that) and am not a morning person... that about covers it for now.

9 thoughts on “Century

  1. Thanks for taking the time to photograph the process – and thanks, too, for the update.

    • You’re welcome. I thought the combination of a special date and the 100th butterfly shouldn’t be missed, and thankfully was able to capture it. We often miss them as the process is so quick & quiet. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Not quite sure I got that. Beautiful pictures!


    • Thanks! What part didn’t you get? Perhaps I should word it differently.

      • Butterflies that come out once every hundred years? I got confused on that part. 🙂

        It could just be me!

      • Now that would be something to see! No, I was just relating the date (that only happens every hundred years) to the fact we’ve seen 100 butterflies since the monarch season started this year. These happen every year but we’ve never had such big numbers before – see my previous posts on monarchs for more info. Sorry for the confusion!

  3. So amazing! And yes the numbers are fun. I miss having a class of school children to share them with. But not enough to come out of retirement. 😉

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