Photos of JM Butterfly B&B in Macheros Click on photo for large picture & to start slide show For thousands of years the monarchs returned to Mexico in time for Day of the Dead; people welcome them with cempasúchil (marigolds). In 1975, the predominance of orange flowers in Day of the Dead bouquets tipped outsiders off that there were monarchs in the area. Cemetery of the ejido of El Capulin on Day of the Dead. Macheros is the largest community in El Capulin. Traditional housing construction, Macheros. Photo by Paul Proulx. The village of Macheros, viewed from the entry to the butterfly reserve. Photo by Paul Proulx. Macheros population: 300 people, 100 horses. Photo by Paul Proulx. Boys start riding young in Macheros. Photo by Paul Proulx. View from the B&B front yard. A procession arrives next door. The local Catholic church is a hub of social activity. Inside the church on a more sedate day. Photo by Paul Proulx. In the shadow of the church. The front of JM Butterfly B&B. Joel relaxing in front of B&B. One of several seating areas with scenic vistas. If you sit here, you will be inspected by curious hummingbirds. Front porch of the annex. View of Cerro Cacique, as seen from the annex. New rooms with Cerro Cacique. Workers, family and guests (all three of these categories overlapped that day) celebrating opening day of the new rooms in the annex, January 2015. Late afternoon lounging on the lawn. Much valued members of the community. Photo by Paul Proulx. Colorado in a new grazing spot. Photo by John Sharp. Special treat for Pegasus. Photo by Zev Berman. Left for our place, right for trout and the entry of the butterfly reserve. Photo by Paul Proulx. The rainbow trout farm Joel built when he was a teen. Photo by Paul Proulx. Little sister Mago makes a catch at the trout farm. Photo by Paul Proulx. If you don’t want to eat trout, you can select your own free-range chickens. A hen meets its end. Scorching off the feathers. Photo by Zev Berman. The beginnings of red mole: almendras, jitomate and cacahautes. Then comes the heat, two different kinds of chiles. Toasted but not burnt. Doña Rosa holds forth on her philosophy of food. And life. Everything tastes better with blue corn tortillas. Christmas Day cooking class reaches its culmination after many hours of chatting and simmering. Clay pot cooked red mole. The final product, with Spanish rice. Common space at the B&B. Calla lilies. or alcatrazes, gracing our common space. Upstairs in the yellow room. A hint of the panoramic view from the yellow room. Workspace, yellow room. View of Cerro Cacique, as seen from the yellow room. Detail, yellow room. The red room, where you barely have to lift your head from the pillow to see the full sunset show. Detail, red room. Blue room. View of the town from the blue room. Downstairs in the brick room. View of the garden from the brick room. Detail, brick room. One of several scenic vistas from Cerro de la Silla, the hill behind our house. Photo by Zev Berman. Walking home from a quinceañera party. Photo by John Sharp. Sunset vista. Photo by Paul Proulx. Macheros at sunset. Photo by Jane Sharp. Walk home from the trout farm. Photo by Paul Proulx. Sunset viewed through a tangle of avocado leaves and chayote vines in our backyard. Front row seats on the sunset. Photo by Sarah Price. Another sunset vista. Relaxing in the backyard of the B&B after seeing butterflies. Photo by Sarah Price. Yet another sunset vista. Meanwhile, the Moreno Rojas women prepare your dinner. Photo by Paul Proulx. Back at the B&B, an after dinner match of “No Te Enojes” (Don’t Get Mad!). Photo by Emma Dibben. Usually you can see all the stars from our place. But not tonight. Photo by Zev Berman.