Amelia SanJon Gallery
Amelia Island Artists
218A Ash Street., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904-491-8040, 904-557-1195 cell
Island Artists Workshop (for workshop schedules)
Saturday" Artrageous Art Walk is tonight!
Also the last weekend for Leigh
Murphy's excellent exhibition. Tons of new pottery from Chris
brought me part of the huge new stock done for Shrimp Festival.
Lots of new
jewelry in for Mother's Day also.
takes a lot of different forms from adopting animals, taking
grandchildren in to
rear, and our of course raising your own children. In nature
there is another whole
world of mothering going on regardless if the offspring is a product of
egg or live bearing. Our latest venture into offspring
came in the gallery door via a story reader, in the form of a young
squirrel which although probably not
orphaned, had been captured by her cat which had already destroyed
the nest and killed the other siblings.
a couple of months inside she is now out in the big wide
world, this canopy of Live Oak Trees which extends throughout
neighborhood. This is the direction she has chosen after
and tribulations in other directions to focus her existence.
spends a lot of time in the neighboring yard because they have
more exposed sand, which is covered with acorns (although they are
bad) for her to hide. She can usually be spotted and
distinguished from the other squirrels with the meticulous way she
hides those nuts. She is very, very through, digging a deep
and covering for a long time then patting and smoothing the earth so
that you would never know a nut was buried there. I hope to
video of that for you all to see, it's hilarious to watch.
like for our children to come back for visits even though they are
growing older and more independent. Lacy (the Lucky One) is
usually around for those visits in the morning and again in the
evening. She stays around more the days I am home because I
leave the back door partially open, and it is nothing to walk into the
and have a squirrel land on my shoulder. She still, if she
finagle it, likes to take a nap on the top of the kitchen fridge.
like for our kids to have a balanced diet. Lacy has lost some
of sweet potatoes and green beans that used to be a main stay
her and will only
eat a little of that now. She does still enjoy her fresh corn
likes pecans most of all, with sunflowers running a close second.
Unfortunately the sunflowers are like candy to them and you
really don't want that to be their main diet.
the Chickadees moved out we almost had Bluebirds move in but they found
there was way too much traffic on our back patio with Lacy and us out
there a lot in the morning and early evening and finally gave
up, moving on to
another spot. I will move the birdhouse a bit further from
back door soon.
invasion took place at the Port a couple of weekends ago. We
invaded by the French. In celebration of 450 years since Jean
Ribault's landing on our shores a couple of French Tall Sailing Ships
re-visted, but in a friendly non combative atmostphere. The
was doing a dramatic dance on the sides of the boats as I made my way
to the docks to
see the ships.
beautiful, they are somewhat small for the voyage across the Atlantic
they had just
made. I really wanted to see them under sail. With their 10
arrival and departure that was not to be.
had our own welcoming committee to greet them as two of our own Great
White Egrets found the front sails a great place to hang out.
Definitely a French touch in the decorative
accents on the ships.
hard on my painting it is nearing completion here with the addition of
Moon Jellies, one of our own native species as well as the beautiful
Turtle I chose to represent our Sea Turtles. Now I had to
on which species of fish I wanted to school below the turtle.
researching a lot of fish I decided on the Blue Fish which does travel
in schools and it not too bright to take away from the Sea Turtle which
I wanted to retain the center of attention. And now it is
finished after working all weekend of Shrimp Festival, not even leaving
to go check out the hundreds of booths on the streets. It was
hot weekend anyway. The painting is now personally delivered
hung on the walls of its new owners, overlooking the ocean below, which
this is to represent.
have a pair of beautiful orange headed Skinks on the back patio.
This fellow lives underneath the water fountain on the patio.
I have seen another one which is a bit larger on the other
of the patio, so who knows, we may have baby Skinks soon. The
stubby tail they both have is a result of a near death experience.
Something grabbed them but as nature would have it they are
to detach the tail and leave it wiggling for the predator while they
make a swift get away.
are learning to see a lot going on in our backyard as we sit and wait
for our little girl to come home from her busy day of gadding about.
A wren sits atop the ladder and sings his song seranading for
anyone who will listen. The whole family of Chickadees flit
around us occasionally checking out their old home, a squirrel and a
mockingbird have a squabble over territory up in the trees.
whole world of survival into which we have freed our girl. A
hawk has been frequenting the trees around us. Bruce called
to say the hawk had a squirrel in the neighbors yard. It was
great relief to know it was not our girl. Our
squirrel, not being an island
girl, has a little bit grayer coat and a darker area between her nose,
and also has some light areas behind her ears.
is a great relief to have her come back in the evening to sip a drink
of water, nibble some food, hide more nuts, play a while, and then
scramble up to her nest
box to go to sleep. Exciting life...waiting for the squirrel
come home, but actually more like an excuse to put the rat-race aside
for a few minutes relaxation.
a wild squirrel around which is semi tame is fun but I don't think I
will do it again. Pondering about this one living in the wild
you to worry way too much about their very survival.
found out that on Mother's Day one of the busiest places in town
besides restaurants is the Nail Salons. I, though, can get my
person pedicure right on my back patio. First the big toe...
...then making sure the others get the proper
Using her bottom teeth she then gently starts
scraping the surface of the skin, my own personal dermabrasion.
Moving on to the fingernails next and the job is
A pecan reward, then off to nap time.
up is sometimes a slow process for both mother, who has to have her
coffee, and young squirrels who always take an afternoon nap.
Bruce sent this out to friends and put this underneath "We
purposely didn't choose a Beagle for a pet because we didn't want it
howling at the moon, and then, -this happened". Now, now,
Bruce that is just a biiiigg squirrel yawn.
A little stretching and she is almost ready to
come down from her front porch.
squirrels life is busy, busy expending so much energy that a little
down time is also in order. Sometimes after a vigorous
wrestling with our hands and running circles around our bodies and
shoulders she will just plunk down and take a rest. You can
see the whitish area behind her ears in this pose.
the time has come to search the beach for other mothers of the egg
laying variety. Turtle Season has begun. May 2 was
day to hit the beach. A lot of beach renourishment has left
beach a bit different, certainly wider in this area. The
have been extremely high this week with the super moon and the usual
high Spring Tide. This was before high tide, when the water
completely covered this all the way over the escarpment
The Black Billed ducks which I seem to see every
year are back. It seems odd to me that I never see ducklings.
wonder of all wonders we had our first Sea Turtle nest on May 2, my
first day of Turtle Patrol, about two weeks earlier than usual.
It was a bit unusual as someone
reported seeing it late the day before, but it was not there in the
when Marie did her patrol. This led us to think it could
be a turtle of a different kind than we have ever had, possibly a Kemps
Ridley, the most endangered of them all.
was definitely a small turtle, which they are, the smallest in fact.
The tracks were a bit odd although very similar to a
We commented on the unusual qualities at the time.
we will closely monitor it to be sure. If she laid once then
should lay another couple of times this season. Maybe we can
catch her because a photograph or DNA is the only way you can prove it
is a Kemps to the FWC.
I hope you all have a great Mother's Day, and
please come by the gallery party; you see new stuff! Shimp
Festival was a total disaster for the gallery, but we might just have
present for your Mom, which would be a win-win for all!
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