Jaime Rojo, 'Monarchs in the Snow' 2017 Editions print
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This photo by Spanish photographer Jaime Rojo shows a carpet of monarch butterflies covering the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico, after a snowstorm. The severe storm hit the mountains of Central Mexico on 8 and 9 March, just as wintering colonies of the butterflies were starting their migration back to the USA—a journey of more than 4,500 kilometers.
The butterflies are surprisingly resilient and can survive several days in sub-zero temperatures as long as they remain dry, but it was unclear how badly the snowstorm affected the colonies. After a general decline in monarch populations, with numbers dipping by 90 percent since the 1990s, there had been a recent increase, and the winter had been seen as a possible turning point for the species.
- 40 x 60 cm
- Museum-grade archival paper*
- Printed by Canon
- Limited edition of 10
- Each print comes with a numbered label signed by the photographer
- Includes Editions certificate of authenticity
- All proceeds shared equally to benefit the photographer and support the foundation's education programs
*Printed on Canon Inkjet ipf8400 with Océ IJM255 Satin 240 g/m2 paper.
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