The official 2021 Great Smoky Mountains Association wall calendar, featuring stunning macro photography of butterflies and moths found in the Smokies, is now available for purchase.
The year’s 11-by-11-inch calendar was inspired by “Butterflies and Moths of the Smokies,” a field guide published by GSMA in 2019.
The field guide features more than 200 colorful images and covers behavior, life cycles, food plants, conservation and location information on some of the 73 butterfly and 27 moth species that live in the park.
“There were some images that were so good that they ended up in both the book and the calendar, but there are some images that are in the calendar that didn’t make the book,” GSMA Senior Publications Specialist Karen Key said. “I wanted these two to be companions. They’d make a great gift set for a butterfly lover.”
Designed by Key and edited by Just Get Outdoors adventure travel company founder Elizabeth Domingue, the calendar features images by Domingue, as well as photographers John Flannery, Warren Lynn and Sharon Mammoser. In addition to a vibrant, full-scale photo, each month also includes facts about the pictured species and seasonal flora and fauna information like wildflower blooms by month, seasonal animal migrations to and from the park and predicted peak leaf color dates.
Key has served full-time on GSMA’s creative team since 2006 providing graphic design for numerous publications and products that support the park.
“Working on the 2021 butterflies and moths calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic has been very therapeutic for me,” she said. “Not only have I loved seeing these beauties on my screen, but they’ve also reminded me of change and better times ahead. The cycle of a butterfly is a relevant metaphor for the cycles of change in our lives, moving from one state or perspective to another.”
The 2021 wire-bound wall calendar is available for $11.95 in the park’s visitor center bookstores and at GSMA’s online store at smokiesinformation.org.