once again, it was very sunny in the late afternoon which stimulated many of the monarchs to be flying or opening up their wings and showing color. Showing color is what i call wings open that shows the orange and black vs wings closed and the underside of the wings is the only thing visible. This looks tan or grey, especially from a distance. So many times i am in the sanctuary just checking not he monarchs and people are wondering through the sanctuary asking where are the monarchs. When you have a big lens on your camera, you will always get asked what you are seeing, where things are, etc. I know i will ask the same if i see someone using binos, etc. Or at the least turn my binos or camera towards where they are looking to see if i see what they see, lol. Most asked question if i am near the ocean is, "are you seeing whales".
With the monarchs usually 20 to 40 feet up in the trees, it is hard to use the tripod and monopods that i have because they only go so high and them I am still bending to the ground almost to be able to look through the view finder. So i shoot a lot of these pictures holding my camera and 500mm lens.
Thank goodness for digital and being able to take lots of shots to try and get the flyers in focus. One of the docents on duty did see a mated pair taking off from the ground and flying up into the trees. Looking forward to getting photos of the mating soon.