Video: Amazing Nature: Thousands of Monarch Butterflies

Today I want to share a little bit of the beauty that we see every day in Santa Barbara… It is full of nature gems and here is one of the most exciting ones: monarch butterflies migration.
Every winter thousands of beautiful monarch butterflies migrate to Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta, California. It is an amazing experience to see them in clusters on eucalyptus trees at the Elwood grove. Coronado is the largest Monarch butterfly over-wintering groves in California. 2012-2013 butterfly season Alex and I are lucky enough to live just a couple of minutes away from this natural treasure. So beautiful!

Monarch butterflies can not survive cold winters, so they travel in masses up to 3000 miles to small groves along the California coast. How lucky are we to be able to see these spectacular creatures…

Video and photography by Alex Mikhnenko, my husband. Editing by me.

Here is my recent butterfly seamless pattern design inspired by this little wonder. I hope little traveling butterflies come again next year…

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06 Feb 2013


  • 1. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful thing to witness! I hope you can catch it again next year, too. I love the new pattern!

  • 2. oksancia says:

    Thank you, dear Jess! Glad you like the video and pattern. Have you ever seen an over-wintering grove in California? It’s awesome!

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