GAR days

12 . 11 . 13 | Mountain GAR

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We went out to Mountain GAR to spend time with our favorite cat-catching GAR collaborator, Bert Geary.

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The colors of the Davis Mountains are so pretty this time of year.

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But the Catsclaw plant will still tear your ass up. (Pictured here with unhatched praying mantis egg case.)

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We spent the first few days exploring the higher elevations, looking down on Mountain GAR.

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Dwindi is a great hiking companion.

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Sun setting over Mountain GAR.

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Setting out for a hike on the third day. A bad omen?

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Be careful on this hill.

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It is very pretty but…

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May be the home of a Djinn.

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11 . 6. 13 | Biker Weekend

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Once a year the bikers descend on Galveston Island, and GAR sits at the heart of all the action.

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The truck for the band as seen from the GAR office window.

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Some years we avoided the chaos and noise, but this year we decided to throw ourselves into it with abandon.

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We studied their artwork.

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We ate their food. The fried taco was a hit

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We rocked out with HAIRBALL!

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Goodbye Biker Weekend! Back to peace and quiet!

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10 . 30 . 13 | Ravel and Radishes

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This is one of our favorite times of the year, when Sarah comes and plays.

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This year, Sarah played us a selection of curated works by French composers (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Mompou and Satie) that will be used in a ballet based on the novel Chéri by Colette. In between each musical movement, Sarah would narrate the story. It was exquisitely sad, and beautiful.

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Plant babies are coming up nicely, we are starting to transplant them into our fall garden.

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We are experimenting with several new species, pictured here is Langkuri Basil.

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The legendary Grandma Einck’s Dill!

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Mitsuba (Japanese Parsley).

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We planted most of our fall seeds Oct. 4th. Amazingly these French breakfast radishes were ready to eat in only 3 weeks! They are really good. Don’t forget to eat the greens!

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This looks like bird-poop. It is, however, the cleverly camouflaged larva of the very beautiful Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). Usually these butterflies have an unerring knack for laying their eggs right before tender new growth develops on citrus trees, however these caterpillars are trapped in stasis, waiting for new growth that is tender enough for them to eat before they starve to death, a tricky situation!

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Thank you, Cate, for bringing us this research material for our upcoming gallery project!

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10 . 19 . 13 | Fall light Fall flounder

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The light has been shifting over the course of Jonah’s show. It is now centered in the gallery and absolutely beautiful.

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Its the little epiphanies. The Monarchs are still hatching and the Mexican sunflowers are in bloom for a second time. As luck would have it, the Monarch’s love the Mexican sunflowers as a source of food!

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This Black Swallowtail loves them also.

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And this one! Is it a mutant Monarch? Most likely another species entirely, if there are any bug people out there, feel free to give us the scoop.
(Update! We found it in our Kaufman field guide of Butterflies, it is the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), quote: ” A dazzling beauty of the southern regions”

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The first flounder of the fall.

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Assassin bug hunting in the GARden. When it finds a juicy bug it will stick its long beak (folded under its body in this picture) into it and suck out all its juices!

 

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10 . 11. 13 | Seed babies and Stingrays

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Mexican sunflowers are back! They reseeded from our spring planting. Hummingbirds love them.

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While searching for performance sites with Autumn Knight, ran across this plaque. Jesse are you out there?

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Disney cruise ship belching black smoke upon departure. As seen from the window of GAR office.

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Another brood of Monarch butterfly caterpillars. They stripped the tropical milkweed from one location of our garden completely.

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We moved them to greener pastures.

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Thank you John and Joan for the four o’clocks!

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Fall seed babies!

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Joe Joe and Stingray.

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9 . 24. 13 – 9 . 28 . 13

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Tuesday. Visitor.

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Wednesday. At sunset. First GAR fishing expedition. John and Gafftopsail catfish.

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John catches first GAR shark.

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John smokes the fish for three hours. It is so good!

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The Big Map is back.

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Tomato Hornworms. These guys have been destroying our tomato plants! We exiled them over the GARwall, hopefully to be eaten by some mockingbirds.

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They have also been after our eggplant. But really, who wouldn’t be?

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Saturday. Breakfast. Our first GAR starfruit.

What a good GAR week.

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9 . 14 . 13 – 9 . 21 . 13

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In the GARden this spring, tucked among the tomatoes, peppers and holy basil we also planted Tropical milkweed, the seeds came from a sweet woman in Minnesota. She is in it for the butterflies. Our Tropical milkweed grew well and attracted more pesky yellow aphids than I have ever seen on a plant at GAR. Fortunately, our ever vigilant ladybugs came in to keep the sap suckers in check. But no Monarch Butterfly caterpillars, I was starting to wonder if this had been a waste of time. Did Monarchs even fly through Galveston?

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Then BOOM, The Monarch caterpillars show up in force. They are ravenous, stripping the milkweed bare. I am starting to think we should have planted more.

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The Morning of September 19th, The back courtyard is full of Monarch Butterflies, they are resting in the sun. The cycle is complete!

However I cant find a single chrysalis, they must be all tucked back in the tomatoes.

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Ever vigilant, Sallie calls me over. Something is in the baby amaranth. An unhatched Chrysalis!

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The next morning it has already emerged. Many mysteries. It flies off and over the wall as I approach. On to Mexico!

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