Monthly Archives: October 2017

beautiful By the Sea Sotheby’s Cape Ann Plein Air commercial video by Tom Curry

Tom Curry video By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty  Cape Ann Plein Air

and here’s Curry’s Beauty of  Rockport

 

See more about the event in Kim Smith’s  post, with Mayor Romeo Theken’s photos

There’s another By the Sea Sotheby’s TV spot I’ve seen that is beautiful and features Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore landmarks.

A SPECTACULAR PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY IRRUPTION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!

The sheer number of Painted Ladies migrating are stealing some of the Monarchs thunder!

Many readers have written inquiring about the beautiful butterflies with wings in a tapestry of brilliant orange, brown, black, cream, and blue. Painted Ladies (Vanessa cardui) are often confused with Monarch butterflies, especially during the late summer. Both are currently migrating and you will often see the two species drinking nectar side-by-side.

As do Monarchs, Painted Ladies depart from Mexico to begin their northward migration in springtime. Both Monarchs and Painted Ladies belong to the brush-foot family (Nymphalidae) and can only survive in warm climates.Monarch Butterfly, top, and Painted Lady bottom. Note that the Painted Lady is about half the size of the Monarch

Sightings from the midwest recorded large numbers early in the season, and 2017 has proven to be an outstanding year for this most successful of butterflies. The Painted Lady is also nicknamed the “Cosmopolitan” butterfly because it is the most widespread butterfly in the world.

Painted Lady drinking nectar from the Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk

One reason we may possibly be experiencing a Painted Lady irruption in North America is because a rainy spring in the south was followed by a fabulous bloom of dessert annuals that provided abundant food plants for the caterpillars. Unlike Monarch butterflies, which will only deposit their eggs on members of the milkweed family (Asclepias), Painted Lady caterpillars eat a wide range of plants. More than 300 host plants have been noted; favorites include thistles, yarrow, Pearly Everlasting, Common Sunflower (Asteraceae), Hollyhock and many mallows (Malvaceae), various legumes (Fabaceae) along with members of Boraginaceae, Plantaginaceae, and Urticaceae.

Common Buckeye and Painted Lady Nectaring at the Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk  

Much, much more remains to be discovered about the beautiful Painted Lady, its habits and how their behavior and seasonal distribution varies by geographic location.

Read More about Painted Ladies here:

DANCE OF COLOR AND LIGHT

Painted Lady Drinking Nectar from the Purple-stemmed Aster

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE!

AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

 

HARPER LEE’S

 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE 

 

Gloucester Stage Company wraps up its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird from October 6 through October 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Director Judy Braha brings Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel to life on the GSC stage. A timeless American classic, To Kill a Mockingbirdexplores civil rights and racism set against the backdrop of the segregated South of the 1930s and as seen through the eyes of 10 year old Scout Finch as she watches her father, attorney Atticus Finch, strive to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape. The cast is led by Lewis D. Wheeler as Atticus Finch; Amanda Collins as Jean Louise Finch, Carly Williams as Scout Finch,Thomas Rhett Kee as Heck Tate, Cheryl Singleton as Calpurnia, Douglass Bowen-Flynn as Mr. Gilmer and Boo Radley, Stewart Evan Smith as Rev. Sykes, Cliff Blake as Bob Ewell and Mr. Radley, Thomas Grenon as Walter Cunningham and Judge Taylor, Teresa Langford as Mrs. Dubose and Mayella Ewell, and Aaron Dowdy as Tom Robinson. Two Gloucester residents and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting workshop students make their professional stage debut inTo Kill A Mockingbird: Nathaniel Oaks as Jem and Gabriel Magee as Dill.

All Photos Gary NG

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The Butterfiles have been amazing

Butterflies on a daisy bush off of Shore Road is incredible, also on Stacy Boulevard, the flowers thanks to Generous Gardeners are attracting Butterflies and Bees. Take a walk and watch these beautiful butterflies land on the flowers and eat.




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