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the sound of a million wings

I reach Zitacuaro at dusk and after trying – and failing – to negotiate my way through the busy town in heavy peak hour traffic, following somewhat fanciful directions that focus on entirely on statuary as landmarks, I finally give up and find a cheap hotel for the night.

The next morning, armed with further information to reinforce the directions I have already been already been given, I set off out of Zitacuaro and start to climb yet another mountain. I have left about 5 kilos of luggage stored at the hotel and so I make pretty good time but as I didn’t get off to particularly early start it is still about 2pm by the time I arrive at the butterfly sanctuary.

For the next day and a half, I wonder the mountains and valleys of this area and words do little to describe the experience.

I have only one thing to say really – I never imagined that butterflies make a sound as the fly but I now know that when there are several million of them in one place you can certainly hear the sound of butterfly wings flapping.

The pathway up the mountain.

Flying high.

A million butterflies on a tree.

And millions more hanging in bunches.

A mountain meadow.

Blue sky and butterflies.

Butterfly squadron overhead.

Butterflies on the path.

Looking down.

Tree trunk.

Tree trunk.

Sudden flight.

Countless millions...


...feeding up for the long flight home.

{ 8 } Comments

  1. Lucie | March 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Oh, this is infinitely beautiful Anna! The sound of butterfly wings… and the pictures. So the butterflies will now follow your path backwards to the North? Isn’t that intriguing? I love it!

  2. Susan | March 18, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    wow…. that’s the word that I can say when I see your pictures. The butterflies pic and your story are awesome.

  3. Babs | March 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Permalink


  4. Dian | March 19, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Dear Anna,

    it’s really heartwarming, your pictures and stories, i love your journey, thanks for sharing :)

  5. mihiro | March 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Anna! Nice to see your pictures.
    I am really impressed by your amazing pictures.
    Hope your journey is going well!

  6. Julian Bloomer | March 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anna,

    Came across your blog a while back. I’m cylcing northwards in the Americas, in Bolivia now.

    The sound of butterfly wings – fantastic. Beautiful pictures…

    Go well,

  7. Sila | March 26, 2010 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    How have you been? I haven’t seen your update for a while now.
    Hope everything is ok and most of all that you’re having a good time.

    Keep riding keep smiling :)

  8. Mark Cunnington | March 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    amazing shots, I’d like to visit there some day

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