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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 8 March 2015

End of tour

This was the last day of the tour and before we returned to Mexico City we visited another Butterfly Sanctuary.













We arrived early and the workers were just arriving to open up their shops and eating places.
The water is already on the boil here.













Whilst the others were waiting for the guide I wandered off to see what I could find.
It was a very cloudy morning and the mist was still covering the trees so it was unlikely that any butterflies would be flying today.








I spotted these birds but I don't know what they are. I am sure there must be a fellow blogger who could educate me,







 It was a steep climb up to where the butterflies were but I was not tempted to go by horse. Although steep it wasn't too far so only took about 40mins to get there.









 At first we couldn't see the butterflies but then the guide pointed out  the clusters hanging from the trees.



Small and large groups of butterflies appeared as the mist drifted around us.







 We had to be very careful where we were treading as there were so many butterflies lying on the ground. I thought they were dead but I was wrong.



















 We waited to see if the mist was going to clear but decided as we had seen the butterflies flying around at the other two reserves we would call it a day.






Despite the low cloud the scenery was still spectacular.








20 comments:

  1. wow the landcape and widlife is fantastic...worth visiting

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  2. Co-habitation taken to the extreme. Strange how different they look when not in bright sunshine.

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  3. Those huge clumps of butterflies are amazing. Do they clump for warmth? I must do some reading!

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  4. Wow - those butterflies hanging on the tree look like leaves! Love the misty forest photos.

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  5. It is a beautiful landscape and the number of butterflies is amazing.

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  6. I have never seen butterflies hanging in bunch together on a tree ! What a view ! Sad that the weather was so foggy but still that also was something very special !

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  7. Their colours are almost the same as the trees, you hardly see them although they are with many of them!

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  8. These are some of the best pictures of all, with the mist and the hanging clumps of butterflies. I love the sound of a "butterfly sanctuary." Your trip was a great success, if you ask me. I hope you think so, too. Thanks for sharing your pictures so generously. :-)

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  9. Holy moley...what a pretty place. I find my best shots wandering about. Kudos.

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  10. Oh my, those amazing clusters of dangling butterflies! How wonderful it must have felt to see them. I would have hated stepping on the ones on the ground.

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  11. That walk into the early morning mist was certainly worth it for that amazing spectacle. Chandeliers of Monarchs! Wonderful.

    I'm sure those larger birds are grosbeaks - Black-headed Grosbeak?

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  12. The mist and low clouds add so much mystery and drama to the photos. That's an amazing number of butterflies!

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  13. It's a delight to see all those butterflies in your photos; can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to be there.

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  14. Great pictures. Can't help with the bird ID's - sorry!

    No red-heads this week - went for blue instead!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. What a teat to see all those monarchs!!

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  16. What an amazing sight. I've never seen anything like it. I love butterflies and I love misty days too. The scenery is spectacular!

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  17. What a fantastic place to explore. I love the butterflies, birds and landscapes.

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  18. Hi! Nice tour to Mexico. I looked your former posts too. Your photos are very fantastic. Many amazing ones. I have never seen so many butterflies in our area. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. That is crazy cool! I had no idea that butterflies cluster up like that - they're hanging like bunches of dates :)
    Amazing!!

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  20. Fabulous shots!!! I kind of like the non traditional photos of the butterflies and gosh so many!

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