Flight of the [monarch] butterflies

Back in February, D and I hopped in the car and headed to the El Rosario monarch butterfly preserve in Michoacán, the largest in the world.

Long story short, these delicate little insects migrate thousands of miles from southern Canada and northern parts of the US (including my home state, the Mitten) to spend the winter in sunny Mexico.

There are so many of them that they completely cover the trees in the preserve! It’s a marvelous sight to behold.

It should be noted that the food around the entrance to the preserve is to DIE for and made the hike worth it. We had mushroom quesadillas that were out of this world, then fresh strawberries with cream for dessert. (Michoacán is famous for its berries!)

Additionally, buying a walking stick is basically an essential ritual here.


Monarchs have always been my favorite


Nope, not leaves: this is how the butterflies cluster along the pine boughs


This view left me yearning for a proper camera!




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