While we were down in Pacific Grove, we stopped by the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary where thousands of butterflies migrate to this location for the fall and part of winter. It was difficult to see the clusters because they were behind tree trunks and branches and didn’t make for good photos, but docents had spotting scopes so we could look through and see them more closely. It really was amazing to see them in those clusters. You can read more about this here: Monarch Butterflies of Pacific Grove.
It was a challenging environment to shoot in considering dramatic lighting differences between shade and sunlight and not to mention that the butterflies were mostly flying all over the place. I’ve never seen so many butterflies flying everywhere! I did my best to capture some shots. Most are cropped and maybe they aren’t the best but I thought I’d share them anyway. The first one I made into a painting and the rest I put in a gallery.