I actually thought the Monarchs had been coming here much longer than 70 years and I was surprised to discover that this is a fairly recent sight. It gives me hope in their flexibiliby to help them survive.
It was getting late in the day and I had trouble getting my camera to focus well so I apologize for the slight fuzzyness of these photos. You can see one of the clumps of Monarchs hanging down in the middle. There are a few other smaller clumps to the left.
Occasionaly they have to leave the group and fly about and I found this one on the ground. It kept fluttering like it was shivering and was never still.
A few days later while I was birding in the Los Angeles area I found several Monarch flying about as if it was summer. Just that short distance makes all the difference but I can't help but wonder why the Monarchs as Pismo Beach just don't fly on down a little futher. If only butterflies could talk...