It was a pleasant surprise to know that monarch butterflies spend some time at Pacific Grove. I saw a sign about butterfly exhibit in the Museum of Natural History but I was not that interested until a visit at the Tourism Information Office informed me that if I get lucky I might see the monarchs at their sanctuary. It was a warm sunny day when I went but I already had a different agenda for the day.
But one afternoon when Katherine and I went out for a walk, she drove me to the sanctuary. At first it was very disappointing as they were high up in the Monterey pines and they looked like dried twigs. I had to max the zoom in my lens to actually see them and then by 3:00 pm when it warmed up they started to come alive. One has to visit the park when the temperature is warm as the monarchs fold part of their wings when it is chilly and damp.
Although they over-winter in Pacific Grove around October to March, these monarchs will eventually migrate to warmer places like Mexico and Canada. It is said that in a year, the monarch goes through four generations. Read the link above.
Pacific Grove is considered Butterfly Town USA. It is charming to see butterfly artwork on the light posts and as adornments in their homes. Those little Victorian homes looked all dressed up with tiny butterflies at the front.
The butterflies are well protected in Pacific Grove. In October the schoolchildren joins a parade to honor the monarchs’ homecoming. There were children dressed up as butterflies too during the town’s Christmas parade.
At one time I thought I needed to go to Mexico to see the monarch clusters, Pacific Grove is much closer.