Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Welcome Back Monarchs
Every year around the beginning of October, Monarch butterflies start coming to Santa Cruz for the winter. Well, all of the central coast of California, really.
I happen to live near Santa Cruz. One of the state parks that is within the city limits, Natural Bridges State Beach, has a grove of eucalyptus trees that the butterflies come to each year. Sometimes you can see thousands of them. If it is cold, they cluster in the trees. If it is warm, they can be seen fluttering about.
Several years ago my husband and I went there to check it out.
Observing a Monarch which was on the ground, I realized for the first time, that the underside of the lower wing was yellow. Hmmm...
Who doesn't love the colors and patterns on a Monarch butterfly?
Inspired, I went home and set up my loom for a sash in Monarch colors.
The white glass beads in the center worked just perfectly to imitate white dots on the butterflies' wings. I really like how this turned out.
To read more about these amazing butterflies and their migration check out this website.