Between the months of October and March, the Canadian Monarch Butterfly makes the lengthy journey from east of the Rocky Mountains to Zitácuaro in Mexico, where it spends the winter in forests of pine.
It’s by no means a straightforward journey for anyone who wants to witness this incredible natural process either, which I discovered when I began to make my way there from Mexico City; it involved one bus to the town of Zitácuaro, followed by a colectivo up to the mountains, a taxi ride and finally a two-hour uphill trek in the stifling heat. However, I can safely say that it was worth every minute, for when I did finally arrive at the top with my travelling partner, Rory, and our lovely old Mexican tour guide, I was absolutely blown away by what I saw. Every inch of the sky was filled with these magnificent black and orange winged creatures, which darted back and forth in the air in an attempt to find a tree to rest on that wasn’t already entirely occupied by other butterflies.
Our tour guide walked away at this point to let us enjoy the moment in peace and as Rory wandered off to explore the forest, I simply sat on a rock enjoying this splendid vision and listening to the soft, delicate fluttering of wings.