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Every autumn, thousands of beautiful monarchs flock to the delicately-balanced microclimate of the habitat at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. They cluster on the trees in thick bunches, looking like triangular dead brown leaves until, warmed by the morning sun, they spread their wings and drift among the branches.
The microclimate of the Monarch Grove Sanctuary is composed of Monterey pines and eucalyptus trees in a closed canopy, natural buffering windbreaks, a temperature that remains in the moderate zone all winter, close proximity to nectar sources and morning fog for moisture.
An epic display of an estimated 12,000 this year and is the first rise in population in nearly a decade. With butterflies flying everywhere the eye can see, it truly was a mystical and enchanting kingdom - like something out of a fantasy book.
Lat: 36.62, Long: -121.92
Spotted on Dec 12, 2013
Submitted on Dec 16, 2013
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