My “Ocean City Sunrise, Sunset and Surf Calendar” is now available for sale at Zazzle in three sizes (I like the medium). Zazzle usually offers a “discount code” at the top of each page. CLICK this link to order:
Here is the Facebook header with mini-images for each month.
This calendar is available in three sizes (I like the medium the best) and you can even change the way the dates pages look. The medium size “Sunrise, Sunset & Surf Ocean City Calendar” is spiral bound and measures 11″ wide by 17″ high when open.
I use Zazzle for print-on-demand fulfillment. They produce a quality product and offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee. They also (from time to time) offer a “Free Shipping for a Year” program. In addition, as long as I’ve been using their website, Zazzle nearly always has a discount code at the top of each page. The discount is usually in the 15% to 20% range. That make these calendars a pretty good deal – if you like Ocean City or if you like sunset, sunset and waves photographs.
This is one of my personal favorite prints – so I guess I am not surprised that I have sold quite a few since I made it available on Zazzle for only $14 for the mid-size (14″ x 11″) print. This was photographed at twilight, as the title implies, from the southern bank of the Indian River Inlet about a half mile inland from the Indian River Bridge, itself.
Well, it could be, if you are so predisposed – or if you don’t like bugs of any sort. When I shared my latest butterfly image on Facebook, a good friend, Cheryl, complimented the photograph but mentioned that this butterfly looked sinister. I titled the piece “Butterfly Victory” because of the v-shape made by the wings. But the little beast does have a sinister-looking face.
Actually, it is the life cycle of a butterfly, such as this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, that may be sinister. These insects are born as tiny worms – caterpillars, really (there is a difference). They spend most of their life eating everything in sight – your flowers, your vegetables, trees, you name it. If it looks like insect salad, it’s gone. When they’ve eaten their fill for a few weeks they take a siesta for a week or so and wrap themselves up in a blanket called a cocoon. Inside, during the siesta all of that food gorging makes the caterpillar begin changing into a chrysalis, of butterfly pupa. Even though Dr. Frankenstein has no part in this, it’s body is changing! When the nap is over and the metamorphism has completed, it’s time for “sleeping beauty” to awaken and crawl out from under the covers. The beautiful butterfly that emerges from the long sleep is a promiscuous sort – it will mate (have butterfly sex), lay eggs and die. All that happens, depending on the particular species in a few days or a few weeks. Most adult butterflies, sadly, live two weeks or less.
Then the cycle repeats. But we, as humans, do get to see the beauty in the adult and in some of the caterpillars…as long as they don’t eat our gardens, that is.
Note: the Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly in the first photograph was found “dining” at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
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