I wish I had known these words of Anais Nin back then. Now, the more I know of science, the more I am in awe. Answers only open up more questions...there is always more mystery! And some questions can only be answered in spiritual terms. I suppose this is the primary lesson I've learned during the years I've practice contemplative photography; I don't need science to explain everything.
I may understand the mechanics of the migration of the Monarch butterfly (the longest of any butterfly on earth) but it doesn't impede my wonder of the journey these little creatures make. What brings them to one specific place year after year? How is the knowledge of the journey implanted in each new generation? What an amazing act of pure faith they exhibit...of course, my friend would say it is merely genetics...to each his own.
The following is a link to a beautiful video of the migration of the Monarchs each year from Canada to Mexico. It includes some breath taking footage created by my favorite wildlife videographer, Louie Schwartzberg. What a transcendent experience it must have been for him to film these lovely creatures. Yes, knowing the science of their yearly migration does not dispel the mystery and sense of wonder for me.
The monarchs are in trouble but you can help. Creating small rest stops in your backyard or along the roadside for these amazing creatures will help them on their journey and it can be as simple as planting the common milkweed plant. Find out why there has been a sudden decrease in this specie of butterfly and other ways you can help these wonderful creatures...