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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Camera Critters / The Mighty Monarchs




Camera Critters

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Pismo Beach, California hosts the largest Monarch Butterfly Colony in the U.S. We walked around this grove yesterday and were amazed by the numbers of butterflies bunched in clusters on mostly the Eucalyptus trees. The greatest numbers will be in the grove by mid-December and into January. They will leave to fly north by late February. Monarchs from eastern Canada and U.S. never cross the Rocky Mountains and will fly to groves near Mexico City for the winter.

The last photo shows that some get quite beat up in their journey.

Click on the sign to see the numbers over the years. They vary according to how much rain the area receives. They depend on milkweed. If milkweed doesn't flourish then the butterflies can't survive.

This is something I have wanted to see for so long! I could have watched them for hours. They became more active as the sun got brighter in the morning. What a beautiful sight it is...

13 comments:

Carly said...

This would be so neat to see in person! You always post the neatest pictures!

Ebie said...

Wowowee! That's too much monarchs, I have seen. I'd love to touch them! You had a lovely trip by your photos!

Kcalpesh said...

Looking at the first two butterfly photos I thought that was done by Multiple Exposure technique. Quite amazed to know it's actually a bunch of butterflies. They all look so similar....

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Cher said...

whoa! that's a lot! amazing!

Life Ramblings said...

great series of pictures. i love butterflies and they are a great subject for photography.

maiaT said...

What a unique place in the world. Thanks for sharing this lovely series of photos and information.
I love butterflies too but I was never able to make at least one decent capture of them.

SquirrelQueen said...

Awesome, that would be a great place to visit and a photographers paradise. They are beautiful.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carolyn: That is amazing, I'm so happy to see one butterfly stop by and you are able to get all these. Really neat captures.

Shannon said...

That's IT! I'm MOVING to California! LOL! This is AMAZING! Thank you for the beautiful images! I just LOVE monarchs!

Janie said...

Wow, I'd love to see that sight. I had no idea so many monarchs wintered in California.

lisaschaos said...

I have longed to see a sight like this! I'm so glad you shared!! Beautiful!

Carletta said...

Amazing!
What a wonderful experience that must have been.

KMOYMAMA said...

I was surprised to see a great number of butterflies bunched in clusters. I just can't believe such a scence. Thank you for sharing these pictures with me.