29 Jan Overwintering Monarchs – Jan 27-28 2022 at Pismo State Beach Monarch Grove
So happy to share our two-day visit to Pismo State Beach Monarch Grove. It was mind-blowing! Armed with our Panasonic Lumix Z300 and Z80 cameras that zoom in so close, the trip was stunning, the monarchs miraculous! Especially moving with 22,000 monarchs at the Grove this year when there were less than 200 in 2021. What a miracle!
My husband, Ken, and I were in AWE taking these pictures and video on Thurs afternoon and Fri morning, Jan, 27-28, 2022. At one time, I had tears streaming down my face as I videotaped, I was so moved by their beauty and so grateful for their resilience. Remember, each of these stunningly beautiful monarchs was an egg, then a caterpillar, in a chrysalis to get its wings, then flew hundreds of miles to get to Monarch Grove and cluster for 3 months. They are waking up in late February as the weather warms, flitting about, a few mating, and seeking nectar plants to feed. Within 2 to 4 weeks, they will disperse north, south, inland – hopefully across seven western states INCLUDING to our gardens in southern California!