I'm OBSESSED with the Monarch Caterpillars

Omg, I’m obsessed with the Monarch Caterpillars . . . I end up observing them all day, jotting down notes and taking photographs . . . today I dropped some Milkweed flowers into a cage and they went nuts and devoued them all. Also, I found the caterpillar that hatched from the EGG I saw being laid right on an actual Milkweed Flower Bud about 2 weeks ago.

As of today, I have about 12 eggs, 15 cats and one chrysalis ready to eclose in about 3 days. So far this year, I’ve release 9 butterflies and released about 15 least year, and I only started last year in August. :) I tend to get emotionally attached to the cats . . .and then curiosity takes over . . . Here’s 2 cats that hatched together on a Milkweed Plant that I had planted in a container. They are playful and follow each other around and have little spat fights. - MY FIRST MONARCH fine art photographic print is available in my ETSY SHOP here: MONARCH #7 More Art coming SOON!

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NEW Monarch Art for sale!

Here’s my first MONARCH Caterpillar photograph that is for sale. It symbolizes the long, magical journey of the Monarch Butterfly. Here’s Caterpillar #7/2019 on a milkweed plant in my backyard. I observed it for about 8 days and took many, many photographs. I always play with the focus and composition as I like to be surprised when I look thru the view finder. The photograph without any words or type is for sale in my Etsy Shop - Jean Lannen Art. Click Here: MONARCH #7

In an effort to raise attention and help the monarchs to survive, I’m hoping my photographs spark curiosity and encourage people to get involved and plant milkweed. Stay Curious, Be Kind, Look up, Look down, Look over there!

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2019 Monarchs, oh my!

On May 27th, 2019 - I watched the first 2019 female Monarch fly around my gardens and lay eggs on my various milkweed plants. I was thrilled, as I only started to observe them and raise the caterpillars last year in July. So, about 32 days after I saw the eggs being laid, I released a male, #1.

I’ve been documenting and taking photographs over this process and now, I’m slowly releasing the photo’s and information. Photo’s will be available for sale soon!

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Love these wrapped trees

I drive by these wrapped trees all the time and finally stopped and had a mini photo session. It’s just so Tim Burton.

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Gardens that catch my eye

That white picket fence I keep passing on my long walk . . .

That white picket fence I keep passing on my long walk . . .

The magical allium and fern garden close to my house . . .

The magical allium and fern garden close to my house . . .

3 Altered Photographs in Detroit Group Exhibition

Three of my Mixed Media / Altered Photographs on canvas are featured in a group exhibition - ALL TOGETHER NOW - A Celebration of Art, Film and Music, at the Annex Gallery, 333 Midland, Highland Park, Michigan. There was a fun opening reception and a two day weekend of live music, short films, fine art and food. Info at: www.FadFestDetroit.com . Show is up thru MAY 5th, 2019

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Some Kind Words from Clients . . .

Here are some very kind words from clients . . . . much appreciated.

“Jean, your photo’s are absolutely beautiful! Everyone looks so good! We had fun watching you work, while we waited in line. You were the best part of the party!!” - Christy Wright - Seneca Capital Management, San Francisco

“Jean, we love your pictures. We had last year’s framed. It’s the best picture we’ve ever had taken of us! Do you do Weddings?” - Amy and Bill Mueller (Boston Red Sox / Former San Francisco Giant)

“Thank you so much Jean . . . you always seem to capture these amazing moments between people. It’s so wonderful that guests can walk away with such a beautiful memento from an event.” - Debbie Blackwell, Owner of PSR & Thyme Catering and Event Planning, San Jose

“Jean’s presence added another dimension to our Wedding Reception. Her sparkle and joyfulness were infectious and irresistible to our guests. She caught our friends and family in moments of delight, surprise, love and laughter. Our guests were delighted to take home such exquisite mementos of “our day”! - Charlene Margot,, Event Planner, Writer, Marketing Genius, Palo Alto, CA

Helping the Monarch Butterflies

I want to thank Rich Lund for helping me raise (18) Monarch Eggs and Caterpillars this year. My obsession started on 8-10-18. I released all 18 Butterflies thru August and September. His video series is excellent! I documented my experience and my Cats and Butterflies with my macro lens, and still have to go over my notes and ooooodles of photo’s. Oh my. Here’s one of the photo’s. I’ve also, photographed Milk Weed and hope to help the whole movement.

Rich Lund - Follow him on Tube: youtube.com/MrLundScience

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Here’s a few recent INSTAGRAM Images - During the summer I helped to raise 18 Monarch Eggs and Caterpillars and released 18 Monarch Butterflies into my backyard during August and September. I documented everything and took tons of closeup photographs which I hope to put up very soon. What an amazing experience! I hope to do it again next year.


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SNOW PRINTS - On Display in Juried Exhibition

“CARS and TRUCKS” a juried Exhibition at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial - OCTOBER 2018

“SNOW TIRES” - diptych

Each 16” x 16”, Archival Inks on Aluminum, $500 each

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Recent Flower Photographs on display in Juried Exhibition

FLOWER POWER - Exhibition at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial - August 2018


“Vintage Violet Flora” and “Vintage Cotton Candy Flora”

Archival Inks on Aluminum, 16” x 16” each, $ 850. each


“Dancing Dogwoods” - Diptych, Solitude and Together Forever

Archival Inks on Aluminum, 24”x16” each, $800 each

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