I have the image below in a big spread in the March 2014 print issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine (Monarchs on the Brink). The photo is from a mass die-off of monarch butterflies. The guide is kneeling on a mat of dead monarchs, cradling a handful of the dead. (Unfortunately it is only in the print magazine, not the online version, but it is a good story).
I am thinking about doing some projects involving monarchs and might do a photo tour next year to one of the secluded mountains where they reside. No one knows how long this migration will last, and seeing the Mexican Monarch spectacle is one thing that should be on every nature lover (and nature photographer’s) bucket list. If you would be interested, let me know!
Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Michoacan, Mexico.
Canon D30. Settings not recorded. Fill Flash.