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Monarch butterflies.... for Jane

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We drove from our location to a small town named Angangueo in State of Michoacán. It used to be silver mining town but now it is famous as the last stop to visit the sightings of wintering Monarch butterflies. from there you have to take a private transportation to get you partly up the mountains and last leg of about 1.5 miles we had to walk. The walk is straight up and the altitude is 10 000ft. It was very very cold that day. The reserve we went to see is called El Rosario. It was only discovered in 1975 and it is believed to be the largest one.
On a way up there were very beautiful vistas of farming communities. It was interesting to see how they cultivate such steep hills with their animals.

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We went very early that we could see them wake up.They are clustering onto the pine and oyamel trees. and you can see in this picture how branches sag from their weight.

3. When the sun comes up they start to wake up.

4.Very soon the sky will turn orange and they completely block the sun. By this time I was frozen and we started to head down to Angangueo

5.Monarch butterfly

6.Monarcas

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wow what gorgeous butterflies, and so many of them!

23 Aug, 2013

 

That must be an amazing sight, have seen them on t.v. but to see them in the flesh must be truly awesome. Thank you for that blog, loved it. They are such amazing butterflies. :O)

23 Aug, 2013

 

How amazing, never thought of them living like that.

23 Aug, 2013

 

OH WOW!!! you must feel so happy you got to see that beautiful sight.. i bet you went WOW!!! The sky turning completely orange :) what a remarkable thing... we live hundreds of miles away and would never think of something as amazing as this happen would we? like you wrote in the blog remained undiscovered untill 1975...
i promise that iam really grateful that you took the time to do this blog and fined and share these photo...
its great that goy give us a subject heading as nature/wildlife such a worth while topic..

thanking you so much my dear. :):):) most kind..

from jane... xx

ps:- good information too...

23 Aug, 2013

 

They remind me of stained glass, K.Very beautiful.

23 Aug, 2013

 

Wonderful - it takes your breath away. You are fortunate to have been able to see them.

23 Aug, 2013

 

I just went "wow" when I saw your blog. Lucky you to see them in the flesh! Thanks for sharing with us on GoY.

23 Aug, 2013

 

How wonderful Klahanie . . . thank you for showing us this amazing sight. You have probably heard of Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel, "Flight Behaviour" which tells the amazing story of how the Monarch butterflies migrate each year, and how they are affected by climate change. It's a really good read.

23 Aug, 2013

 

Thank you all for reading this blog. It was inspired by one of Jane's pictures. It is surely amazing sight. Before we went I could not imagine the scope of the migration. We all know about their amazing journey but the sight is spectacular. To my knowledge, there are all together 4 Monarch butterflies reserves in Mexico and this one is the largest. They were everywhere.... on the road, in my hair and on the coat-wrap....lots of dead ones too. I think they froze to death. It was very cold that year in these mountains.
Sheila, I read Barbara Kingsolver's "Lacuna" have not read the "Flight Behaviour" yet but did hear about it.

24 Aug, 2013

 

You will love the book Klahanie - she writes so well!

24 Aug, 2013

 

What an event to witness , amazing all those butterflies .

24 Aug, 2013

 

I like her writing too Sheila.

Thank you Kidsgran. It was on my "to do"..... in my lifetime.... list :-)

24 Aug, 2013

 

What an experience , Klahanie !
Just wonderful , thank you for sharing it .
What else is on the "to do" list ?
Added to faves , by the way .

24 Aug, 2013

 

Thank you Driad. I think next is to see some English or perhaps Japanese gardens. Always wanted to do the gardens hopping "thing" in different places....different countries for a few months.
I do it locally and it always brings me feeling of satisfaction.

24 Aug, 2013

 

I love Japanese gardens too. One of my designs (when I did the C&G Garden Design course) had a Japanese theme. Do you grow bonsai Klahanie?

24 Aug, 2013

 

Klanhanie, thank you ever so much for sharing this with us. I read this blog on my phone at work last night but absolutely had to look at it on a larger screen.
Amazing!!!

24 Aug, 2013

 

Thank you Scottish for letting me know that you like it.

Sheila, I am not good at growing bonsai. It is an art I've never mastered.

24 Aug, 2013

 

How amazing !

25 Aug, 2013

 

Thank you

25 Aug, 2013

 

Lovely butterflies, how lovely to see them...

25 Aug, 2013

 

:-) Thank you Holly.

25 Aug, 2013

 

Interesting :o) I wonder how they survive in such a cold place.

26 Aug, 2013

 

It was unusually cold that winter Hywel. We also went very early..6AM to see them hanging on the trees...layer on layer, on layer. That is how they survive. It is shown in the first picture. Then when the sun comes out it warms up and they start to peel these layers. In that time it is an spectacular show. The grey trees come alive and orange. Everything around turns orange. Spectacular sight.
But there were lots of dead ones on the ground as well.
:-(

27 Aug, 2013

 

It must have been wonderful to see them. I'm glad you had the opportunity to go there.

28 Aug, 2013

 

amazingly beautiful :-) great blog added to favs and i agree with Janeplants comment :-))) i think she sounds just a little overjoyed ;-)
from Jane.

17 Jan, 2014

 

How something so fragile looking could withstand the weather we've had lately and fly so far only to breed and return as the seasons change brings such wonder! We had very few monarchs in our part of Ontario last summer. Usually they are very common in fields and marshy areas where the asclepias grows.

26 Jan, 2014

 

These are truly amazing Lorilyn. I do not remember to see any of them on Vancouver Island last year.

27 Jan, 2014

 

This must be one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Great Blog, nice job.

8 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks for your visit Bathgate. It sure is a mystery.

8 Aug, 2014

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