A very brief update to let all our Friends know that work is progressing on my documentary Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. The new footage from this year’s magnificent migration in Mexico has been added. My amazing team, Eric and Kristen, are plugging in the newly recorded voice over.
For the next several weeks, I’ll be planting my client’s pollinator gardens and getting them underway for the summer. After mid-June, we’ll be back in the editing studio with Eric and Kristen finessing the color correction and audio, with plans for a mid-summer release.
Happy Butterfly Days!
Tree top view – standing at the top of the mountain looking down into the valley below. All the orange bits and flakes in the trees are Monarchs.
In early March, the native wildflower White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) was in full bloom at Cerro Pelon and the Monarchs couldn’t get enough of it!
So many Monarchs this early in the season portends a possibly great summer for butterflies in our meadows and gardens. Monarchs have already arrived to the Great Lakes region. This is the perfect time of year to plant Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) seeds and many of our local nurseries carry Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) plants. These two species are the most productive for Monarch eggs and caterpillars in our region.
Monarchs mating in a patch of Common Milkweed.
Monarch drinking nectar from Common Milkweed florets.
Female depositing egg on Marsh Milkweed foliage.
The milkweed we grow in the north supports spectacular migrations such as the one that took place this past winter of 2018-2019.
On Sunday Charlotte and I took a trip in her little red wagon over to visit Kathy Archer’s and Barbara Moody’s beautiful new gallery, Float, on Rocky Neck. The gallery is located at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue, #3, on Madfish Wharf. On exhibit are Barbara’s gorgeous paintings and Kathy’s stunning photos, and the two make for a wonderful nature inspired pairing.
Currently the gallery is open on weekends from 12 to 6pm. As of June 15th, Float will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 6pm.
Shana Garr and Barbara Moody
While at Float, Barbara introduced me to Shana Garr, curator at Fruitlands Museum. Fruitlands is located in Harvard, Massachusetts, and fairly recently joined the Trustees group of properties (2016). Shana and Barbara thought our readers would like to know of an upcoming exhibit featuring milkweed and hummingbird feeders by artist Esther Solondz titled “Floating Between Two Worlds.”
Esther Solondz: Floating Between Two Worlds
June 1, 2019 to November 3, 2019
Esther Solondz, Milkweed Towers, 2019
Esther Solondz’s new art installation is an open, translucent structure filled with fragile milkweed sculptures and crystalline hummingbird feeders that create a give and take between what is outside and what is inside. The sculpture is situated in the field beside the Fruitlands Farmhouse, and the artist is inspired by its Transcendentalist associations. This work explores the overlapping relationship between the natural world and the art world.
Oh what a day being back on the water.
Upstate is an adventurous group of young musicians who take an uncommonly honest and personal look at the world they inhabit and the experiences they encounter. Singers Mary Kenney, Melanie Glenn, and Allison Olender sing with a joyous vocal blend and bring a playful spirit of sisterhood to their performance. Harry D’Agostino on bass and Dean Mahoney on cajón provide a rollicking rhythm background and complete the intoxicating sonic stew. Upstate’s music mixes folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll, and their shows are contagious and fun.
The concert page, which includes links for tickets, is at https://oldsloopcoffeehouse.org/concert/upstate-2019 we know the year is wrong in the link. To late to fix it.
Here is a video of Upstate performing their song “Bad Enough”: https://youtu.be/DfjLzFOp82I
Are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Perhaps a kitty worth coming for? That’s me, Lady Gaga.
I am more than ready to find a family who will let me settle in and love me forever. I promise with a little time I am sure to be a great companion I would do great in a quiet, low traffic home. I am still young at just over a year old and have plenty of personality to share. Come on by and meet me to see if I would be a good fit for your family!
To learn more about me or other animals waiting for homes, please come visit our shelter at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester or check us out online at www.capeannanimalaid.org
Good news to share now that summer has officially arrived. The Village Restaurant in Essex Open Monday’s for the summer.