Call me a Monarchist! I just adore this butterfly.

As a long time resident of the Dallas / Fort Worth area I’ve long been aware of a pair of fluttering orange and black wings that are seen during two key times throughout the year: Spring and Fall. The Monarch Butterfly winters in Mexico, but when temperatures rise in the Spring they begin their northern journey into the United States and the Southern most portions of Canada.

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Source: http://www.monarchwatch.org

In Autumn, the butterflies migrate south so they can spend the winter in Mexico.

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Source: http://www.monarchwatch.org

Their Winter nest is so laden with butterflies, it’s as if the trees in lieu of leaves have butterflies instead. Truly it’s a marvel. Scientists estimate that 6 out of every 10 butterflies die from starvation en route due to the loss of native habitat and native wildflowers that produce sustaining nectar. Here’s a short video on how you can help to preserve this annual wonder, plus some amazing photos of the Mexican winter home. Watch it on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuMASSrli9A

There’s even a research site trying to tag and track them to more thoroughly map their migration patterns and routes over at MonarchWatch.org. Thanks to them you can get an idea of their Spring and Fall migration maps as seen above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 IAA’s Photography Exhibition

 

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I just received the news earlier today that one of my photographic works has been selected in the juried 2017 IAA’s Photography Competition. 75 works from 44 different regional photographers will be in the exhibit that runs October 29th – December 1st at the Jaycee Parks Center for the Arts located at 1975 Puritan Drive in Irving, Texas. The Reception & Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, November 5th, from 2-4pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Turn Back Time by KC Hulsman

 

The Juror is Mark Thompson, an award-winning photographer, videographer and filmmaker. Mark began his career as a painter before discovering his penchant for digital media, at which point he began making the move from being a full-time painter to full-time professional photographer and videographer. Over the years Mark’s training and experience has touched on a variety of different genres that include everything from commercial & product photography to fine art and even filmmaking. Mark has worked as photographer for such outfits as CBS News, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Deep Ellum Foundation, and the Lyndie Wilkes Advertising Agency (just to name a few), his photography as been shown in art galleries all over North Texas, and he is currently producing his first feature-length documentary film.

 

The preview gallery of all the selected works can be found at the Irving Art Association’s website.

 

 

Cakeballs, Popcorn, Donuts & Beer – Art Show

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There will be a reception on Saturday, October 7th from 7-11pm for the latest themed show–Cakeballs, Popcorn, Donuts and Beer–at the Central Arts of Bedford located at 2816 Central Drive in Bedford. Not only will I have work exhibiting at the show (a shot from the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark), but many of my prints (featuring a wide variety of subject matter) are also returning to the gallery.

Admission is free, so please come on by to support your local artists. I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet that there’s going to be some free samples from some of the food businesses in the Meadows Shopping Center.

 

Central Arts of Bedford – Me & My Critter – Gallery Show

For those of you in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, please come on out and support me as well as other local artists at the next themed show at the Central Arts of Bedford. I’ll have several pieces for sale in the exhibit featuring some of the ‘critters’ (Ravens, Ducks, Longhorns, and Bees oh my!) I’ve taken photos of in my nature photography. I will be on hand until at least 9pm to admire the works of others, and to talk about my own photographic works. I hope to see you there!

 

Me & My Critter

Saturday, July 8, 2017

7pm – 11pm

Central Arts of Bedford

2816 Central Dr. #140, Bedford, Texas 76021

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Please Join Me at Two Different Art Show Receptions This Weekend

As a reminder, I have one art show wrapping on Friday, and another starting on Saturday here in the local Dallas / Fort Worth area. You are invited to come out and join me for the festivities and enjoy the arts while supporting your local arts community.

 

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This Closing Night Reception is your last chance to come out and see the GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit & Sale.

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This Opening Day Reception & Awards Ceremony is a great way to kick off this month long show!

Cleburne Camera Club – 2017 Photo Contest & Exhibition Sale

I have 3 pieces in the Cleburne Camera Club‘s 2017 Photo Contest & Exhibition Sale. For those of you in the Dallas / Fort Worth area I encourage you to come out and support not only myself, but all the other talented local photographers.

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Opening Day Reception & Awards Ceremony on:

  • Saturday, April 29th
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas

The Show Runs from:

  • April 29th – May 26th
  • Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
  • JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas

 

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