Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Monarch Butterflies – Pacific Grove, California


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.

Butterfly in Paint

Butterfly in Paint



Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

57 thoughts on “Monarch Butterflies – Pacific Grove, California

  1. Don’t be a dill weed! Plant that Milkweed! The Monarch’s love it and so will you when you get to see them stick around for a while!

  2. Here’s how to plant the milkweed to save these guys for future humans!

  3. Reblogged this on Earth Speaks Out and commented:

  4. beautiful laura!
    inspires me to get out
    & fly today 🙂

  5. So lovely! Can’t wait for Spring to arrive here 🙂

  6. Great shots! 🙂 Monarchs are becoming endangered largely because the plant that a lot of them depend upon — the milkweed plant — is becoming less and less numerous. People need to protect (and not destroy) milkweed plants, nor treat them as mere weeds.

  7. Very nice shots of a difficult-to-capture subject.

  8. An amazing experience and great butterfly photo captures!

  9. You’ve made my day Laura 😀 Seeing so many flying at once is just the most extraordinary experience!! The ones at Rhodes blew me away but I HAVE to come and see the Monarchs!

  10. LOVE these butterflies, Laura, which only makes me want Summer. I read a comment about the milkweed which in turn reminded ME to plant milkweed. I have a Butterfly Bush that attracts butterflies, but milkweed they I believe eat and mate as well with it. So that is definitely going into my gardens this year. (((HUGS)) Amy

  11. Aren’t they everyone’s favourites? Love the first pic .. just heavenly 🙂

  12. Amazing photos, love the first one, where the butterfly melts in to the background. Almost abstract, like it!

  13. So that’s where they go, Laura

  14. How amazing – it must have been so neat just being there – thanks for sharing 😀

  15. And I’m lucky to get 4 or 5 a year in my garden.

  16. Great catch! (camera) 🙂

  17. Love your butterfly painting, Laura. They’re such dainty creatures, and difficult to catch on camera, but you did well. 🙂

  18. Good job!! They are so lovely!!!

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