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)
"Note to everyone";
time again! 2nd Saturday = Artwalk, and of course,
our usual fun party. There are also some new additions since
last month's gathering. At least one is amazing...
As Summer is devoted to the Sea Turtles, Fall and
Winter moves into what has become Monarch Season for me.
is some overlapping in Fall, with the last sea turtles waiting
hatching, and the beginning of the Monarchs' southern migration.
am told that not all Monarchs leave our area, which could
our late, late continued hatching of these fairy-like creatures.
There is much I don't know or understand about their
and I am not sure anyone has it all figured out. There is
research offering various theories such as
"relay teams" making the migration rather than the same
and ending the long migration journey. I am
content to play my small part in their life events, observing,
helping where I can,
and appreciating the magic that I see in their transition from egg to
caterpillar; then the radical squirming and twisting dance
ending with the transformation into a Chrysalis; culminating with the
amazing part of all when this beautiful winged form emerges ready to
start the cycle all over. I prefer to just consider it magic
not worry about the science.
like the Sea Turtles, Monarch's lives are mysterious but special.
with a very brief life span and one with a life span that can extend
beyond that of those who devote their lives working to save them. It
not often that we have this many butterflies emerge in one day, yet before long I
think it will happen again. They look almost as if an
of blooms had happened on the Butterfly Weed.
beautiful pair seem to almost be doing a ballet as they explore the new
world of being outdoors with freedom, air currents, and the smells of
nectar from the nearby flowers. The one closest to the screen is
a male. Distinguished by the two dots on the second bars of his
Fall colors have been very enduring with the Red Maples having
reached their colors, then the red leaves of the Virginia Creeper, but
none happening in unison so that you could get a real splash.
today as I sat at my home desk the outside Sumac where I get my most
vivid Fall color is just now at its peak and it is January 1.
much has been has been exciting enough to photograph
because mornings are a rush hurrying to get into work
mornings and then working until it is too dark for sunsets.
best chance at getting color in my life is in the form of my last load
of the Light Catchers I make and the paintings on which I have been
working. With the multitude of colors from which to chose
the glass and the paint I can create color even when the days don't
give me time to observe it in nature.
fish are back biting at my favorite fishing hole but days off and the best
tides have been elusive with only a couple of chances to fish.
last trip was with friend, Fran, even though I thought I had be best
spot, it seems she actually got the best one this time,
several, while I only caught some in the kindergarten stage of life.
But I can create some pretty cute guys in my studio.
quite the season for Jellies in the ocean but a few new ones have
floated into the gallery. I have a glass blower friend in
Southeast Tennessee who lets me use these scraps he discards from his
glass blowing process. He is the only one I know whose
is these swirly twisty glass form that I can use for fins, tails, and
snuck up on me as deadlines came and time to quickly get creative with
trying to come up with gifts that are special but not costly.
I ran across this photo of my eldest son tucked away in my
treasure storehouse, which I had forgotten about. Time to
on. I reconditioned the photo as best I could, matted,
and one present taken care of. Eric is the tall young man in
white outfit in the sea of blue. " Bones" was his nickname because he
was so skinny. He was the drum major and his high school
competitions were Band Festivals, and although taking place on the
football field, were not the kind of "goals" which his former Little
American football star dad would have preferred, but that
liked just fine. What mom wants people beating up on their kids.
of offspring, our adoptee, Lacy continues to pay her almost daily
visits. Bruce holds his breath, (hoping for a dry run), as she trots across the
keys for nut treats which are kept between us forcing her to
semi-personal relationship with us. In every other respect
wild. We humanly and selfishly hold on to some privilege as
came by to open Christmas presents on our lazy Christmas morning;
we opened the door so she could indulge in her gift of a bag of
peanuts. She doesn't really like them that much but has this
compulsion to hide and store food for a later day. The
fit the bill for being highly portable and are held in the mouth easily.
It is very funny watching a squirrel position a nut in their
mouth to make sure it is in the best possible position to ensure not
dropping it. They will try it on both ends before deciding on
A living Ornament. The
day after Christmas brought another magical Monarch moment but also
cold temperatures outside with near freezing temperatures at night.
When night time came and our butterfly was still hanging in
same place as he started out the day I felt sorry for him and
brought him back inside to spend the night. The Christmas
seemed to be a good perch.
night I brought him inside and the wreath on the door was where he
spent the night. Finally it has warmed up enough to leave him
outdoors. Hopefully his was a good, though likely short life.
I was in Tennessee for the traditional Thanksgiving Eve lighting
of the tree at the Ritz Carlton I never got to see it lit. I was
just exhausted. I fell right
Christmas and sprained my ankle. I am not sure why, but
fell like a tree on the den floor, lucky to not have broken my
ankle. I believe that, in retrospect, that my bad knee gave
on me causing the fall. On the night after Christmas Day my
which was already showing signs that the round of shots taken last
summer were not working reached a peak.
It locked up
leaving me unable to bend, straighten, or put my weight on it.
After weeks now of crutches, injections, and doctors offices it
looks like I am headed for the long awaited knee surgery. I am
just waiting on an appointment with the Orthopedic Doctor to confirm to
what extent. I believe we have postponed it as long as we can.
As my doc had said its like buying the last set of tires you will
ever buy for your car you want to put it off as long as you can.
I believe we have done just that.
did go to the Ritz yesterday on a mission to spread the word that
whales were swimming by right in front of the hotel. For the
first time in days I "crutched" myself to the car and went to the beach to "see the
whales". If you don't know, the Right Whales come to our area
about December to have their babies. They travel from Nova
Scotia, their Summer residence, which has very similar conditions as
winter water. They have their calves and then head back home
around March. I got the word that they were within viewing
distance of my closest beach. It was not a spectacular
with no breaching of the big guys, but just to know that you
actually getting to see these wonderful and very endangered animals was
very special treat.
am not sure what I was seeing here but think it was the tip of the tail
from a side view since they don't have dorsal fins and their tails are
horizontal. It could be a side fin.
The Northern Right Whales are our most endangered of the whales with
only about 350 of them left in existence. They are watched by
New England Aquarium who monitors their migration as well as rescue
efforts when they become entangled in ropes and are in other distress.
They also keep count of all the new births. It is
rarest and most endangered cetacean in the world. To be able
actually see one or some with your very own eyes was very exciting.
Each and every whale is identified by the unique (to each
callosite, large white patches on their skin in the head
area. These callosites are caused by large clusters of "whale
lice", an unpleasant thought, but these patterns are
identifying and tracking each whale and their reproduction rate.
these whales are smaller than the Blue Whales, the largest whale, the
male Northern Right Whales do have some other attributes which are "world"
record breaking, beyond any other mammal in the world. I
leave that to you to do your research. These magnificent
animals are docile, do not
run away from boats, and also float when dead therefore they became the
favorite target for whalers and were called Right Whales because they
were the right one to kill.
We are the ultimate in old
folks now being in bed by 11 New Years Eve, setting
alarm to wake up in time to see the ball drop. There were
spectacular fireworks across the street at the Ritz, I could tell by
the huge sounds from them. For me to miss the Christmas
lighting decorations and the fireworks when they are two blocks away is
downright sinful but I did. Maybe next year will be easier to navigate.
ahead, a new resolution.
I will keep you informed as
is happening with the knee. I have had to miss part of two weeks
because of it already since Christmas. The town is dead with
absolutely no business after
first few days of New Years. January blues this year for sure.
It has picked up a bit this week and maybe tonights Second
Saturday evening will perk things up. So come on in and "make my
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