Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Pupating at O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden!

IMG_3008Thank you to Emma Duckworth for providing this breaking caterpillar news! 

IMG_3007Emma Duckworth Photos

Glossy Ibis Flock in Magnolia

Glossy Ibis Gloucester Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015JPGThank you to the wonderful Anderson Family for sharing their Glossy Ibis sighting. After Chris’s super tip, I easily found them foraging in the fields several mornings in a row. I think there are anywhere between 20 to 30 members to the flock. They don’t allow you to get very close. Someone with a a 300-400mm lens may be able to take much better close ups. Nonetheless, they are fun to watch. I imagine since they are here at the end of June, the ibis may be nesting.

Dear Readers, If you see the Glossy Ibis, can you please share the time and day of your sighting. I understand from Mass Audubon that they rarely breed in our region and it would be exciting if we sighted a breeding pair. Thank you!

And thank you once again to the Andersons who this past year have supplied us with Snow Goose, Brant Geese, Snowy Owl, and now Glossy Ibis tips!!!

Glossy Ibis in flight Gloucester Massachusetts  ©Kim Smith 2015JPG

Picture Perfect Annisquam Lighthouse Beach Sunset

Lighthouse Beach Sunset Panorama ©Kim Smith June 2015Spectacular sunset over Lighthouse Beach. Click above image to view larger.

Annisquam Lighthouse ©Kim Smith 2015Annisquam Lighthouse

 

So Proud of My Son Alex

We couldn’t be prouder of our son Alex. Creating Liv and Matt’s wedding weekend was total teamwork and Alex was all in. Lots more to come after Fiesta.

img_1083Liv, Alex, and Matt 

Love this photo my dear friend Claudia sent along.

A Few Snapshots of LIV AND MATT’S WEDDING WEEKEND! #lobstercovewedding

With family visiting through the end of this week and Fiesta, I haven’t had a spare moment to look through the few photos I managed to take. I’ll post those soonish. And the fabulously talented Esther Mathieu was our wedding photographer–I cannot wait to see her photos!! When things settle down I plan to make a list of all the local businesses who helped make Matt and Liv’s wedding simply magical. If you are on Instagram type in the hashtag #lobstercovewedding to see lots more snapshots.

img_2507Craig Kimberley Photo

Congrats @livviiiiii & @copymatt !!! #lobstercovewedding #annisquam #vwbus #vwcamper #asterb

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I am the most lucky to stand next to this lob on her wedding day. #lobstercovewedding #woaner

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@kfoley41 Lookin All Pretty @copymatt & @livviiiiii Wedding #lobstercovewedding

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Silly @KFOLEY41 #lobstercovewedding

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O’MALEY INNOVATION SIXTH GRADE BUTTERFLY GARDEN A SMASHING SUCCESS!!!

Plant and They Will Come!

The proof is in the caterpillars!

IMG_23482nd Instar Black Swallowtail Caterpillar ~ Willa Brosnihan Photo

Monday I had the great joy of being given the grand tour of the O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden recently installed by Mrs. McGrath’s sixth grade class. We first had a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly and then went out to the garden to see the very same caterpillars!

The garden hits all the right notes with caterpillar food plants and colorful nectar-rich, butterfly attracting flowers. With the bed dug entirely by the students (you can see by the surrounding beds that the soil must have been incredibly compacted), prepped, and all planting done by the kids it is truly a fabulous accomplishment. You’ll see amazingly adorned handmade and beautifully painted informational signs and butterfly baths.

The garden was made possible though an award winning project created by students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. For more information see the Awesome Gloucester Foundation O’Maley Butterfly Garden project page here .

IMG_2353Emma Duckworth Photo

Emma, Willa Kelsey Butterfly Garden ©Kim Smith 2015Project creators Emma, Willa, and Kelsey

IMG_2328Hand painted water dish for butterflies and birds. 

Willa photographing caterpilarsWilla photographing caterpillars

O'Maley Sixth Grade Butterfly Gardeners ©Kim Smith 2015

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Beautiful Baby Swan Gone

Mute swan cygnet  Massachusetts  -1©Kim Smith 2015 The beautiful single cygnet at Henry’s Pond has disappeared. Did anyone by chance see what happened?

Mute swan cygnet pen, female Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015May 28, 2015

Mute swan cygnet cob pen, female male Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015May 30th, male, or cob on the left, female pen on the right, cygnet tucked between the two

Mute swan cygnet -3  Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015June 7th, adeptly preening, or oiling its feathers.

Mute swan cygnet pen, female Massachusetts -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Anytime is nap time.

Mute swan cygnet pen, female Massachusetts -3 ©Kim Smith 2015June 12th early morning, last sighting.