Monday, November 13, 2006

Monarch butterflies in Santa Cruz California

In Santa Cruz in the 1950's the Eucalyptus trees along the ocean at Lighthouse point turned orange as they were covered by Monarch butterflies every year at this time. When most of the forest was removed years later, the Monarchs were not seen in large numbers again.
These elegant butterflies migrate from Canada to Southern Mexico every year, where they mate and go through another cycle. Wish that I could be there to see them.

Beauty for our souls
by silence
Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 11:17:59 PM EST

We haven't had one of these in a while.
The following shots are from the Natural Bridges state beach in Santa Cruz, California. Inland from the beach, in a eucalyptus grove, thousands of monarch butterflies congregate in clusters to spend the winter:

1 comment:

  1. Yeah,
    we should have bothe bean there..
    R U red E 4 SC?
    I know I am , espcially with this weather..lets get some butter, and fly down? or just take the yodler I suppose..
    Wish we could ALWAYS be ther!