The Case for Sunflowers, As If One Was Needed! Certified Habitat #139,583

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1998 – I measured, researched, weeded and planted.  Then I submitted a blueprint to have my original property certified as A Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  A storm moved through, all was washed away and we moved on.

September 18, 2004 flood

 2012 – I went online, clicked on the site, answered  questions and my new property was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The first certification was difficult but an amazing learning experience. The second much easier and allows for the inclusion of many more properties.  In both cases I needed to provide four basic elements for wildlife:  food, water, cover and places to raise young.

male and female American Gold finch bird on sunflower seed head

Warbler on sunflower seed head
White-breasted Nuthatch

Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.

butterfly on sunflower
Butterfly  on Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunset sunflower

Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.

Sunflower 3

Bumblrbee on self-seeded sunflower

Sunflower 4

 

 

The Certified Wildlife Habitat – Creatures Who Make the Gardens Their Home

At any given moment on any given day

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Creeping-Crawling-Running-Flying

Eastern  Garter Snake

Creatures of both the day and night

White Breasted Nut Hatch

Make these gardens their home

Chipmunk

It is an honor to provide an environment for all to live in harmony

Green frog Lithobates clamitans

In return they provide for us

American Goldfinch bird

A sense of peace

White marked Tussock moth caterpillar

A place for reflection

And connectivity with our Mother, Gaia

 

Black Swallowtail butterfly on Oriental lily
Chipmunk on log

Moon Glow – A Tale of the Harvest Moon

As I embraced the trunk I was warmed by her radiating heat

Oak tree at night

Was that her heat beating in anticipation of Luna’s rise?

Moon rise

Lifting my eyes skyward I saw Luna’s face marred by clouds just as smoke may hide the blue of the sky

Emerging moon

Without the rays of the sun delivering  the color spectrum objects are unable to break free from their silhouettes

Silhouetted trees

The vibrant colors of a sun-lite world now appeared as nothing more than drawings of ink

Moon glow

The moon through the leaves of a Black Walnut tree

Zilker Botanical Garden – Austin Texas

Despite temperatures topping 100 degrees,  gardens in Austin Texas flourish under a canopy of green

Lotus blossom Zilker Botanical Garden

Creatures co-exist with visitors

Lizard Zilker Bontanical Garden

observing us as we observe them

Carolina Anole Zilker Botanical Garden

Dragon flies rest atop Lotus blossoms

Dragonfly and Lotus Blossom

And under-foot every step is a portrait or still life

Pomagranite and random seed

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Zilker Botanical Gardens

Sago palm Zilker Botanical Garden

Texas Holiday – Out of the Ashes, Bastrop State Park

A BIT OF HISTORY:

The Bastrop County Complex fire was the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, striking areas of Bastrop County in September and October 2011.[8][9][10] Three separate fires started on September 4, 2011, as a result of strong winds caused by nearby Tropical Storm Lee, and merged into one large blaze that burned east of the city of Bastrop.[11] Two people were killed by the fire, which destroyed 1,673 homes and inflicted an estimated $325 million of insured property damage.[4][12][13][14] After being largely contained in late September, the fire was declared controlled on October 10, the fire had moved underground in October and finally extinguished on January 28, 2012. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Loss

Bastrop State Park Texas

There is no escape from the overwhelming feeling of life lost in a forest burned

Forest burned Bastrop State Park Texas

But even on a day when the searing heat of an August sun radiates down on lifeless trees – life springs forth

Beautyberry bush Bastrop State Park Texas

Shades of hot colors mimic flames that are locked in Gaia’s memory

Hiking trails in Bastrop State Park Texas

Creatures blend with new growth as not to stand out amongst a recharging undergrowth

Green spider on green leaf Bastrop State Park

Reaching skyward flowers  become next season’s life

Bastrop State Park Texas
Bastrop State Park Texas single tree

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