The Sense of Wonder: The Monarch Sanctuary, Pacific Grove, Ca

As the annual migration of monarch butterflies draws a blur of tourists along coastal California monarch overwintering sites, I am intrigued by the pilgrimages people make to appreciate in person the qualities these butterflies—and their life cycles—symbolize on natural as well as existential levels.

With this work-in-progress documentary project I am focusing on the particular Monarch Sanctuary located in Pacific Grove, California between October 2015 (the beginning of the overwintering season) and late winter (once the monarchs have mated and depart inland in search of the egg-laying plant, milkweed.)

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O C T O B E R

hands in the air stacey limone

Monarch Sanctuary, October 2015

docent Sue and visitors at the sanctuary stacey limone

monarch branch stacey limone

docents Sue and Mary with visitors at the scope stacey limone

monarch cluster in color stacey limone

monarch scope stacey limone

people watching butterflies staceylimone

perfect weather and the sun in the tree stacey limone

sketching at the sanctuary stacey limone

two directions stacey limone

visitor profile with camera stacey limone

visitors at the sanctuary stacey limone

spiraling away stacey limone

butterflies stacey limone

The Monarch Butterfly

Butterfly People 1

White and Black Monarch

Black and White Monarch

butterfly kid stacey limone

butterfly people 2

butterfly people 3

butterfly people

Butterfly people 4 stacey limone

the path out stacey limone

For more information on the Monarch Sanctuary, visit this page.

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