This evening Audrey taught a class on Monarchs to fifteen adults, most who are studying to be Indiana Master Naturalists. She did a wonderful job getting her slide presentation ready and sharing what she has learned about butterflies. Since her class last year, she has grown and matured a lot, and she presented a well polished seminar.
After class, one of the gentlemen expressed surprise that she was only thirteen years old. He thought she was at least eighteenÂ or nineteenÂ as composed and mature as she presented herself. Allan, who never heard her presentation, was able to make it to this one and thought she did “pretty good.”
Over that last few months, I took a class called Photographing Nature.Â My biggest goal inÂ taking photography classes was to learn how to shoot what I wanted completely in manual mode and not have to adjust the pictures once I downloaded them. Â At the beginning of the summer, most of my pictures were horrible! Â All of the photographs for this class were taken manually and I rarely had to change anything. Most importantly, I understood why, what I chose to do, worked!
We were outside when we noticed seven or eight Monarchs on our butterfly bush. Â There were two or three other ones flitting about also. Â It is the first time we have ever noticed so many Monarchs in our back yard at the same time. Â We thinkÂ they are migrating.
Audrey went outside and caught a few to test for OE. Â One of them was sick, so she kept him, but released the healthy one. Â She also roamed the neighbors’ yard to see if she could find anymore.
We are hoping that more Monarchs use our yard for a B&B as they travel south. Â We have been working hard to plant more Monarch friendly plants and, according to Audrey, you can never have too many butterflies.
Megan gave this to me yesterday. Â Then she told me the story about it.
This is a picture of a girl who is a very good sword fighter or with any weapon. She is fighting a boy pirate who is not so good a fighter as her, but is a bad guy. He robs people. Then he tries to escape in his ship. She got on his boat, even though it was sailing away, on a rope she had made. She rescued all the treasure.
I think we have been reading too many pirate stories out loud and watching too many versions of Treasure Island.
I spent the last six weeks takingÂ an online course on people photography. Each lesson focused on a different aspect of taking good portraits. The last lesson was to formulate a business plan.
It was a good class withÂ a lotÂ of interestingÂ assignments. Â The hardest taskÂ was taking a close up picture. The most challenging was creatingÂ an abstract. Â My most fun pictures were those of Audrey with her butterflies and chrysalises.
I am taking one course this session and then will take a break. Â It is hard to get my school work done while teaching the children. Hopefully, I will be able to take more in the summer.