Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dancing With Butterflies

Saturday afternoon we headed to the farm and as we were pulling into the driveway I saw what I thought were thousands of dead leaves blowing down the highway.  Then realized it was not leaves, it was HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of MONARCH BUTTERFLIES!!   We pulled in and
the boys ran to get grandpa and we just sat outside watching them.  They were all headed south.  It was so amazing. Flock after flock after flock of them.  I never was able to get a good picture of them. They were very determined to keep flying and none ever landed, but it was such a beautiful and breath taking sight. One I don't think any of us will forget. It was like something out of a movie.
We came home and recorded our sighting online.  We learned that Monarchs east of the Rockies migrate 2500 miles to the Oyamel fir trees of Mexico. Others that are west of the Rockies will head to southern California to the eucalyptus trees of Pacific Grove.


Sara said...

Jeremy and Cambree and I were checking cows on Friday evening and we saw a TON of monarch butterflies in one really big tree. We stopped and watched it for awhile, it was neat.

Melanie said...

Isn't it amazing what you'll see when paying attention?? Dev was the one to sight the big "herd" of monarchs we saw on our way to my folks--I just wonder how many times I have missed them in the past!?! Loved the tornado pics too!

Rhonda said...

That would sure be amazing to see. :)