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A Delicate Balance

November 25, 2013

We had an opportunity recently to stop and take a look at Monarch Butterflies that cluster yearly at a few different locations in California. There were plenty of photographers taking pictures and several docents offered their knowledge to visitors that had questions.

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Looking up as I did, they appeared to be camouflaged as they clustered among the leaves and branches of the Eucalyptus trees

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Even though it appears to be sunny, it was later in the afternoon and shadows were setting in

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It was fascinating to observe. Butterflies are beautiful and delicate. To learn of how far they travel is amazing.

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  1. bonniehull permalink
    November 25, 2013 3:17 PM

    Very cool!

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  2. November 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    When I grew up in Iowa, we often saw their caterpillars on the milkweed – not quite as beautiful but completely intriguing. And now and then their flight path takes them through Texas. They’re usually west of me. One year I was visiting friends and got to see a real migration – so many butterflies!

    I’m glad people are becoming more aware of the problems they face, and are more willing to put forth effort to conserve their habitat.

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    • November 26, 2013 5:59 PM

      That must have been a wonderful experience for you as a child…

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  3. November 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    They are beautiful! What a great outing! 😀

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  4. Ellen permalink
    November 25, 2013 5:00 PM

    This really is a wonderful experience to have. When Dear and I were living in Camarillo we headed north along the coast one weekend and were able to see the Monarchs close to Pismo Beach… amazing sight!

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  5. November 25, 2013 8:17 PM

    I would love to see them congregate like that some time!

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  6. November 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    What a fantastic sight!

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  7. November 26, 2013 4:45 PM

    Oh…wonderful photos! Isn’t it amazing to see them all clustered together in such huge numbers!

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  8. November 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    What a site. I know they come through here but I’ve never seen more than 1 or 2 at a time.

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    • December 2, 2013 5:12 PM

      Hi Roxi, I apologize for the very slow response. It was a neat experience and would make a good place for a field trip for children..

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