Archive for August, 2009

A Moment with a Monarch.

Monday, August 24th, 2009


AUGUST 24, 2009

Have you seen any monarch butterflies lately? Now is the time to spot them on their annual southern migration, which in North America starts in August and lasts until the first frost. I photographed this one at the botanical gardens in Montreal, Quebec.

The monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south, as the birds do on a regular basis. No single individual makes the entire round trip, however, since the length of the journey exceeds the normal lifespan of most monarchs, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. According to Wikipedia, it is the second, third, and fourth generations of the insect that return to northern locations in the US and Canada. How the species manages to return to the same overwintering spots over a gap of several generations is not clearly known, but its flight patterns appear to be inherited, based on a combination of circadian rhythm and the position of the sun in the sky.

Arrangement in Stone and Plant.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009



AUGUST 12, 2009

I drove out to Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth today to scout some spots to photograph a family portrait tomorrow. The picturesque Portland Head Light could serve as a backdrop, of course, but I was more intrigued by the ruins of the fort. I hope to persuade the family to see it as “edgy,” rather than “decrepit.” In the end, though, they’re the clients, so it will be their choice.


I recorded this little study in colors and textures while I was there. I loved the layering of the old stone, covered with the fading paint of old grafitti, now being grown over by what I think must be lichens (that botany class in college was a long time ago!).