Saturday, February 13, 2010

I have been fascinated by Monarch butterflies since I was a kid. I tried for many years to convince my mom that we needed to plant a bunch of milkweed in the yard to attract them.

The Monarchs are like me; we both don't like cold weather. So when things start getting a little chilly in Canada, the Monarchs head for California. And there is a grove in Pismo Beach to which they return annually. I'm talking thousands of butterflies.

Unfortunately for me it was in the mid-60s yesterday. (I know. Really rough.) That meant that the butterflies were constantly in flight for the most part. There were the occasional pairs in the middle of mating which is done on the ground. That would be what I captured in the photo.

Since I wasn't able to get tons of butterfly photos, I'll leave you with some photos of the scenery at Pismo State Beach -- which is where the grove is located.


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