The Flight of the Butterflies Realized

This post will mean more to those who have seen the IMAX movie called Flight of the Butterflies┬ápresently playing all over the country including Salt Lake City. If you haven’t seen it we highly recommend it! Here is a description of the movie from the Internet:

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar┬« winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find their secret hideaway.

We were incredibly lucky after speaking at some private schools called The Peterson Schools in Mexico City to be treated to a weekend at the school owner’s home high above the hills of the city. I say lucky because the side-trip to see the remote place where the butterflies migrated to in Mexico shown in the movie was literally on the way to their home.

We wound through the mountain road until we got to an non-commercial looking stop where we paid a small amount to rent horses and guides for a 45 minute ride up a steep muddy trail on horses and a fifteen minute walk to the location where we viewed literally millions of monarch butterflies! Butterflies were everywhere!

It was unusually cold that week in Mexico so the butterflies were clustered for warmth by the thousands in clumps like giant beehives hanging from the limbs. It was late afternoon so the sun made it hard to take great pictures but you’ll get the idea:

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ImageIt was an opportunity of a lifetime to see first-hand one of the great marvels of nature!

 

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