Goleta Butterfly grove...
The area and the monarch site are named after Ellwood Cooper, who settled with his family here in 1870. Cooper grew olives, walnuts, grapes, almonds, oranges, lemons and Japanese persimmons on his large ranch. This created a very favorable setting for the yearly visitation of monarchs to our area. http://www.goletabutterflygrove.com/
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I spent the Valentine's Day weekend in Santa Barbara. While there, we visited the Goleta Butterfly Grove in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, most of the Monarchs were gone but I did manage to get a couple of shots of the stragglers and will share in the next few days.
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14 March 2014