Sometimes You Have to Look Closely to See the Real Beauty

Since hubby had a rare weekday off, we decided that it might be a good time to head to the Pismo Beach Monarch Grove. From what we had read, this particular eucalyptus grove is one of the winter sites for migrating Monarchs and the colony generally reaches around 25,000 butterflies. We were intrigued, so we made the trip.

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We were surprised by how many people were visiting, with vehicles lining up on both sides of Highway 1 all around the grove. However, once we got into the park, it is large enough that it didn’t feel congested.

At first glance, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. I know that I should look for the little things, but sometimes you just have built something up in your mind and when it’s not there, it’s hard to appreciate what is there. With the exception of a few butterflies flitting around, it all just looked like a bunch of trees to me.

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A park docent was directing people to strategically placed telescopes to have a closer look, so we waited our turn. What a revelation that was! What appeared to be a cluster of leaves was, in fact, a cluster of hundreds of butterflies. With the naked eye, the trees looked like they were covered in lovely silvery leaves. We looked through that eyepiece and the whole view changed. Alright – that’s more like what I was looking for! Trying to get a picture with the cell phone camera through the telescope lens was a bit tricky, but hubby persisted until he got these shots!

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We wandered around the grove a bit, listened to a volunteer’s presentation, took pictures of the pre-butterflies (also known as a caterpillar and a chrysalis), and waited for an opportunity to get a close-up of one of these beauties. It took some patience, but eventually a few paused on a tree at the outer edge of the grove.

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We were excited that we could now see them in all their colorful glory, up close. A bit more waiting and one floated down to the ground right in front of us. Gorgeous!

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Satisfied that we had seen what we could see, we took one last lap through the grove and headed out. A beam of light shown through the treetops and a cluster burst into the air, sending hundreds of butterflies off into the sky all at once, a riot of motion and color. There it was – the big moment –  this was AWESOME!

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What hidden treasures have you had to look closely to discover?

Odette

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Odette is a 50+ optimist that is still discovering new things in life that excite her. After many years of admin work and teaching adult computer classes, blogging seemed to be a new frontier to explore.

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Odette is a 50+ optimist that is still discovering new things in life that excite her. After many years of admin work and teaching adult computer classes, blogging seemed to be a new frontier to explore. AVAILABLE FOR TUTORING: "I have 10+ years experience teaching computer skills. My students have included novices who have never turned on a computer, seniors who want to join the technical age, experienced users who need to learn the tricks to becoming a Microsoft Office power user. If you live in the Lompoc, CA area and are interested in private tutoring, feel free to contact me at aobradshawsheeley@comcast.net."
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4 Responses to Sometimes You Have to Look Closely to See the Real Beauty

  1. Sue says:

    Glad you had the opportunity to see this awesome park and greatly appreciate your talents in presenting it to the world. Well done!!!

  2. Jane says:

    Enjoying your blog! Another great place to see the Monarchs is the Bob Jones trail that passes through the golf course – right on the edge of the golf course there were tons of them. Grab a sandwich at http://www.woodstoneavila.com/ and walk towards the beach.

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