Some monarchs on the trunk of a pine tree by the side of the trail. To me it is simply amazing that monarch butterflies from the entire continent, from as far north as Canada, find their way to a few small spots here in the mountains of Michoacan. The butterflies you see here were not at the sanctuary last year: the butterflies go through 3 or 4 generations as they migrate north, and then one single 'super generation' knows how to drift and flit all the way back to Michoacan in the fall, and then another 2 or 3 generations pass before they begin the journey back north in March or April. Somehow I accept the reality and sensibility of the migration of birds, but migrating butterflies? It seemed important to come and witness it.
Sanctuario de Mariposas, El Rosario, Michoacan, Mexico - December 30, 2000