Posts Tagged ‘Pacific Grove’

Some more pictures from our trip to see the Monarchs at Pacific Grove in 2008. It is truly an amazing sight, the butterflies just seemed to be everywhere. In fact, you even got the feeling sometimes that the trees themselves were alive as the butterflies flew in and out and moved about upon. This is definitely one of those natural history scenes I will not forget for a very long time.

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One of the great things about photography and particularly digital photography is the ability to store and readily access images which are capable of reminding you of places and events that you have visited. So as I sit here on a cold and wet winters morning in London sorting through some pictures for a lecture I have to give next week, I came across a file of photos taken when Sue and I visited California in 2008. One of the great delights on that trip was the visit to Pacific Grove. Pacific Grove is a seaside community on the Monterey Peninsula, which is famous for over wintering Monarch butterflies. Every October, thousands of them arrive from the north and make their home in a special area of eucalyptus trees and Monterey pines, which shelters behind some houses. The entrance to the park is not obvious, but the helpful bus driver pointed us in the right direction. and there beyond and behind the houses was a truly marvellous sight.

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Each October since 1939, Pacific Grove has celebrated their arrival with a welcoming Butterfly Parade, featuring school children dressed in wings. A 1939 city ordinance authorizes a $1,000 fine (a lot of money in 1939) for “molesting a butterfly in any way.” The people of Pacific Grove have had a long love affair with their butterfly guests and take their protection very seriously.

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