Filmed at the Pismo Monarch Grove in Pismo Beach, California in December 2010.
Sony DSC-H9, Sony DSC-TX1, and Sony A-350 DSLR
At the time of filming, it was estimated that there were around 21,000 Monrach butterflies, clustering high in the Eucalyptus trees at the Pismo Monarch Grove. Each day as the weather becomes warmer in the early afternoon, as if by some unseen cue, the butterflies take flight and mate in the air. As the day goes on, they settle into large clusters in the Eucalyptus trees, resembling Autumn leaves with their rusty color. It was a truly unique experience.
Music by Herbie Hancock
Manhattan (Island of Light and Love)