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Friday, May 29, 2015

Monarch of Silverlake

MONARCH AND MILKWEED
Recently, we purchased a Milkweed plant at Armstrong Garden Center in Glendale, CA
Days went by before this beautiful creature (below) arrived. We first discovered it resting upon the broad leaves of a nearby Plumeria. The Milkweed was planted just feet away. 
"Our" Monarch, ritualistically, flew around and danced over the Milkweed, for quite awhile, until if finally landed on the flower of its choice.
At some point, eggs will be left under leaves and larvae will eventually emerge. The caterpillars will eat almost every single leaf of the plant, then rest into cocoons. In time, Monarchs will emerge from the cocoons - and the cycle continues.
The circular flight of our Monarch delighted us. It flew in smaller circles around the milkweed and larger circles around the garden. We were uplifted with joy as we observed the dancing flight of our special garden visitor.



Monarch Watch


Friday, May 1, 2015

Documentary, Iris

IRIS • FASHION • SYNONYMOUS
Iris Apfel in IRIS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo credit: © Bruce Weber
I'm not a fashionista. I seldom wear other than jeans and T-shirts. I'm comfortable and like it that way. Oh, I do know how to coordinate colors - but, when it comes to wearing something interesting - well that's not, necessarily, of interest to me - I don't like standing out in a crowd.
However, I do appreciate the unique eccentricities of those few people who do stand out on our planet. I've written about a few of them - such as Anna Piaggi, who styled herself in a world all her own.
And now, another fashion icon, Iris Apfel, will be immortalized in the documentary film, Iris - produced by Magnolia Pictures.
Synopsis, from Magnolia Pictures:
The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
To find out more about this iconic woman - who stands out - please direct yourself to Magnolia Pictures.
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