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There were some of these beauties flying about, but I didn’t get my camera out until they left. Unusually more monarch butterflies this summer than the last three years. I saw them all over the place, which is great. This the first time though, that as caterpillars, they were in my garden feasting on the milkweed. I counted at least twelve of them.

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They are in their pupae stage now, which I have not been able to spot, but I hope they come around again as third generation ones. The picture below was taken in the summer of 2012.

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The image below was taken in the summer of 2013 of the bumble bee partaking in the hydrangea bush, their favorite this time of year.

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The following pictures are taken outside where the blue tone is seen more clearly.

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The idea for this painting came as vision over the course of a few years. The intent was strong and I felt it had to be drawn out on canvas.

An interesting thing happened while in the midst of this painting. I got an email from a person inquiring if I had done their sunset painting because it, as well, was by a ‘L’Etoile’. The framed picture was a vibrant scene of an incredible sunset over an ocean. I wish I knew who it was. Funny how life is, if you’re thinking about a subject, this one being sunsets, the subject becomes an object and appears in all kinds of ways right in front of you.

 

 

New Hampshire in the winter after a snow storm. Heavy wet snow and an overcast sky make for a chilly, contrasting image.

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This snow sticks to everything it touches, making space appear more ‘closed in’ and the air so very quiet, kind of like what fog does.

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Watching the sun going down over the ocean was pretty sweet, since I usually see it going in the opposite direction in New Hampshire.

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Here is ‘Lucinda the Great’, a very young Venus Flytrap.(Dionaea muscipula)

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And, the unsuspecting fly.

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Happy Halloween!

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‘Make Haste Slowly’

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The Filoli Estate, in Woodside, California, had several formal gardens and a tour of the house, all of which is being preserved by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.