Nancy & I were both teachers and know that teachers often have to pay for school supplies out of their own pocket. And since we noticed that “Emerging Monarch” seemed to be a magnet to elementary teachers who taught about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies in their class, we promised a while back that we would make an affordable poster of that image just for them. We are happy to say that we’ve finally finished that promise. A 17″ by 28″ signed poster, laminated on both sides, is now available to teachers only for fifteen dollars, including tax. We are still researching shipping options, but once we finish we will contact everybody that has given us their e-mail address for that purpose. Any other teachers who would like more information can contact us, as described on our website. Be prepared to prove teacher status.
Similar projects still under consideration include a poster for the transition from caterpillar (larva) to chrysalis (pupa), for which we’ve taken the photographs but still need to process them, and for the complete “Life Cycle of Monarch Butterfly“, which we need to update with our new information. Stay tuned!
Here’s another lighthouse picture that I forgot to mention. Nancy was born and raised in Miami, and the Cape Florida Light on the south tip of Key Biscayne has a special place in her heart. Back in the day, it was red because decades of neglect had allowed Atlantic storms to sandblast all the white paint off of the bricks. And before the state bought the property in 1966 (and later turned it into Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park), one would have to walk down the beach from Crandon Park to reach it. It was finally repainted during the restoration of the mid 1990s (at which point many native Miamians, for whom the bricks were all they had ever seen, thought their lighthouse had been ruined).
Nancy took this picture from the beach north of the lighthouse late one afternoon in 2010. The original image was in color. This image was just added to our collection late in 2014. We give just a little more of the lighthouse’s rich history on our www.BeeHappyGraphics.com website.
Our website has long been due for an update (and even routine maintenance), and now there are two people working on it (both of whom seem to have a full plate of other responsibilities). I just counted eight of Nancy’s photographs that weren’t yet even listed on the site yet. That is what I’m chipping away at now. I have finished with “Osprey Family”, which I introduced in an earlier post* and is Nancy’s most recent addition to our collection. Now I’m going to tell you about “Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse”.
We were in Jupiter for the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival* the weekend of a full moon, so after setting up for the show we did some exploring and came upon the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. We couldn’t find a suitable perspective from the lighthouse grounds (the lighthouse was on a small mound with trees around it), so took this picture from the drawbridge on US-1 over the Loxahatchee River. The sidewalk on the east side of this 1958 bridge is narrow, and because of the longer exposure necessary for a night shot (⅛ second), the camera was on a tripod, but when the front two legs of the tripod were against the edge, the back leg was in the street and our butts were in traffic. The bridge tender looked at us as if we were crazy. Automobile traffic would rattle the bridge, ruining our shot, so we needed the unsynchronized traffic lights on both sides of the bridge to be red together for at least twenty seconds so we could let the traffic clear the bridge and then compose our shot. While we were waiting, the moon was trying to exit the scene more quickly than most non-astronomers realize. We also needed the light’s beam to be in a convenient location (It gives two flashes every 30 seconds, meaning that during the twenty second period of common red described above, it might not even show). Eventually (with a little divine help) everything came together, we got the shot, and lived happily ever after – but until then there were some long tense moments.
We are very proud of our newest addition. We finished it last Thursday, the day before the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, and didn’t get into our campsite at Fort De Soto Park in Saint Petersburg until after midnight Friday morning because we were delayed in leaving Miami until this picture was finished.
We were on a trip to Everglades National Park in the spring to check out reports of great horned owl chicks in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center, but then we went on to Flamingo and discovered a few osprey nests also. This one was in a short snag right in the parking lot next to the campground. From the ground we could barely see the top of the chick’s heads, so Nancy balanced on our canoe on top of the van to get a better perspective. She was taking pictures of the one parent and chicks when out of the corner of her eye she saw the other parent approaching. She didn’t have time to zoom out and recompose the shot; she just swung around and captured the bird, with fish, as it was about to land.
Needless to say, this is a composite. In one photograph we had a close-up of one parent feeding its chicks on the top of the nest. The next photograph show the flying osprey and the left part of the nest. Still another photograph shows the lower portions of the nest. The camera was hand-held and the images had to be hand-“stitched”. This was our most difficult image so far. Had Nancy had time to zoom out to get the whole scene at once, the image wouldn’t have had the resolution it does.
On two different weekends in that month, our panoramic image of a sunset in the Everglades was selected for consideration of an award. On the first weekend in November, it was the Halifax show, where we did win an award in 2013. Then on the last weekend of the month, it was selected in the Space Coast Art Festival. Unfortunately, on neither occasion did it actually receive an award. Shucks! We would still like to thank the judges for considering us.