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 MAY WE TAKE A BOW?

This has been an exciting time for us!  Our new image, "Peyto Lake" was selected to be a part of Art Fluent's online exhibit, Of The Earth.  There were 954 entries from eleven countries. 

Our image was taken in the Banff National Park along the Icefields Parkway about 25 miles north of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

Then we were one of 26 finalists in Outdoor Photography magazine's "Natures Colors 2020 Photo Contest."  There were 1500 submissions. 

Our winning image was "White Nights."  This was photographed in the Svalbard Archipelago 600 miles south of the North Pole and 600 miles north of Norway.

And finally, we juried into the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center's "Call of the Wild" online exhibit with three of our images. 

First, there was "Fierce Feline," taken in Bandhavgarh National Park in India.

Next the "One-horned Indian Rhinoceros" that was taken in Kaziranga National Park in India.

 

And the third photograph called "Sunny Side Up" that was taken on Santiago Island in the Galapagos.

This month we will witness the reoccurrence  of an event that took place in 2004  when John Kerry was running for president, Barack Obama was an obscure state senator and Donald Trump was praising Democrats on CNN.  It is the emergence of  billions of Brood X cicada nymphs from their underground nursery.  Every 17 years, this group of cicadas tunnel upward en masse to the surface. This is a survival strategy called predator satiation.  The simultaneous emergence of the vast numbers allows the brood to survive even massive predation.  Here the insects shed their skin and become winged adults.  They fly, mate, and lay eggs in slits in twigs.  The females will lay up to 500 eggs.  After 6 to 10 weeks, the eggs will hatch and the resulting nymphs will fall to the ground and go underground for 17 years sucking the sap of tree roots.  

The emergence will take place when the soil temperatures reach 64 degrees and will occur in Delaware, Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Michigan.  Cicadas are not poisonous and do not sting or bite.  They can be eaten by humans.  They are one of the world's loudest insects.  The males are the love sick singers!  A chorus of these cicadas can reach volumes greater than 100 decibels, which is louder than a lawnmower at full bore.  It has also been likened to a motorcycle and a chain saw.  For anyone needing a good night's sleep, these noisy bugs usually cease their racket by sundown.  In 4 to 6 weeks most of them will die and the noisy chorus of this brood will have to wait another 17 years. We will see the next emergence in 2038.  Till then sleep well!

We do not have an image of a cicada, however, we do have a picture of another nymph. We call this photograph "The Nursery". This grey Dragon Fly nymph, which can be as large as 2 1/2 inches,  spends 5 to 6 years under water and is a ferocious predator of any animal it can catch.  These nymphs have emerged from their watery nursery and are ready to shed their skin and get wings. The adult dragon fly will not sting you, but will bite out of self defense.  This  image was taken in the water lily gardens of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. 

Our winning images are available in table top to wall size, triple matted and with or without a frame.  The matted versions are yours at a 10% discount and the framed matted versions in sizes 11x14 and larger can be yours at a 15% discount.

Visit our website, www.throughthelensoflee-margaret.com for available sizes and prices.

Stop by and see us on Monday through Friday from 10a.m. to 12 noon and 2p.m. to 5p.m.

The gallery is open for arranged Saturday appointments.  Call us at 904-387-8710 to schedule your special visit.  Come see us and order now.

"The cicadas, as if they were wired on the same circuit, suddenly filled the garden with a large burst of celebration"

-- Peter Carey