butterflies

Happy new year!

I have not done any sewing or crafting since Christmas, but I wanted to stop by and say hi.  Want to see what Christmas Eve looks like in Santa Barbara?


I know.  Life is rough, right?   On Christmas Eve, we headed out to the local butterfly preserve to see the monarchs that migrate here every winter.  This year was the most impressive display I've seen yet.

Do you see the big brown clumps hanging from the trees below?  Those are butterfly clusters!


The pictures really don't do this place justice.  On cold days, the butterflies stay in their clusters for warmth, but on warm days (like the day we went), they break free.  Walking through the eucylyptus grove with thousands of butterflies flying above you is nothing short of spectacular.   This year they estimated about 40,000 monarchs in the preserve.


I took a little video, but you'll have to ignore the running commentary of the people around me.  :)


Oscar and Ruby loved the butterflies.  I don't think they really understood the clusters, but there were plenty of butterflies to watch fluttering by.



I hope you all had a merry Christmas, and that the new year is a very happy one!

28 comments:

bethanndodd said...

simply stunning!

great pic of you and the fam too!
Smiles~Beth

Jenny said...

Jill, you are gorgeous. Such a cute family picture.

Sarah Lou said...

Holy cow! that amazing!!!! and your family photo is adorable

CelebratingGoodTimes.com said...

Thanks for sharing that we too live in
CA but have never seen them have always wanted to- So Loved you pictures, Anne

bybido said...

we've seen the butterflies in santa cruz, but never down there (and i'm originally from ventura co.!). where are they in SB?

also...have you visited superbuzzy yet? they just opened on main st. in ventura. was there last week. beautiful store.

lisa said...

Wow she's grown! Both so cute!

Tiffany said...

Great story, beautiful pic of your family. Happy new year to you as well.

Kathleen said...

WOW! How beautiful! Happy new year to you and yours!

Marisa said...

we went the day after new year's and it was totally awesome!! your pictures may be a bit better than mine though :)

likeschocolate said...

So sweet! Congratulations!

Katie said...

OH. MY. GOSH. Those butterflies are amazing!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Wow, thanks for sharing something I wouldn't have gotten to see otherwise!

Rachael Farris said...

Your little family is amazingly cute! And those butterflies! Oh! I would love to see that!

I hope you had a great Christmas =)

Sending you sunshine,

Rachael @ You Me and Natalie

tinajo said...

This is just amazing, I had no clue! So beautiful! :-)

Anonymous said...

nice! i am so jealous. i want warm weather in the middle of winter. I think you've lived on the NE coast so you understand?? Enjoy!

Nunurina said...

Simplemente, Maravilloso!!! Un espectaculo unico de la naturaleza. Feliz año a toda tu familia y felicidades por tener la oportunidad de ver esta maravilla. Love baterfly!!!

Annie said...

Wow! That is so amazing! I have never seen anything like that.

Kanchan said...

Whoa! Gave me goose bumps. Look at your kids. What an amazing view! Thanks a lot for sharing.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That is just amazing. I've never seen anything like it. What an awesome thing to experience!

maddmomma said...

Yeay! A family picture....I know you know how much I love it...and you! The butterflies are so amazing.

Ewa said...

Seems like such a cool place! My favorite comment captured during your video is the man that says "imagine
if we gave birth to full size babies?" hahahaha! Random but funny!

aimee jones said...

Love your family photo! Congrats on the new baby!

Peppermint Lane said...

The Butterflies are amazing. We will have to check them out next winter, since we are in the process of moving to CA.

Elizabeth said...

So wonderful! I must add that to my bucket list!

BECKY said...

so interesting!!!

The Deelo Family said...

We always go see the butterflies in Pismo Beach, so glad to find out about a place a little closer to us. We will probably stop there this weekend.

Dawn said...

That is amazing to see. We sometimes see the monarchs migrate south from here(southern Ontario) in the fall. It's amazing to see where some of them end up.

Alexandra and Benjamin said...

This makes me miss Santa Barbara! You look fabulous Jill and your kiddos are all gorgeous! :)