More Than Ice

I love discovering new and unique things in the gardens.  An insect viewed from a different perspective or a non-traditional flower.

Lady BugJack-in-the-Pulpit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter offers an entirely new perspective challenge. Void of the rainbow of colors and abundance of life found in other seasons, winter’s gifts must be sought out.

Ice Crystals

I wait for the cold to envelope the land and snow and ice to fall.

Winter landscape of snow

When warming air collides with subfreezing temperatures, magic happens.

Snowy Winter's night

Beauty abounds.

Icycle on evergreen

Bluebifd in the snow on sumac

An alternate view of the world can be found at

Tootlepedal’s Blog A look at life in the borders.

Across a vast ocean he too looks for unique and unusual. Take a moment to take a bike ride with him

via his post Slow Progress

 

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Kaleidoscope

From the moment they emerge and unfurl their wings their symmetry is unmatched

Whether muted or vibrant colors the intricacy of design is mesmerizing

I am always drawn to these gentle creatures

The following photos are of those who settled just long enough for me to capture the memory

MOTHS

Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017

BUTTERFLIES

Tiger Swallowtail May 24,2017
Tiger Swallowtail May 24, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterrfly October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017

I wonder who 2018 will bring to this space?

If anyone knows either of the two unknown moths please help me!

 

 

Beginnings

A new start – the source from which something new springs forth

I love caterpillars as much as I love butterflies and moths. Their shapes and colors are astounding. But even more miraculous  is how a creature that has a multitude of legs and appears to be nothing more than a colorful sac filled with fluff can emerge to become a creature with scaled wings that flies higher than any human can jump. Take time to seek them out and smile at what Gaia has created! 

Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar

 

 

Resolution

RESOLution – resolve “firm determination to do something”

reSOLUTION – solution “the act of solving or explaining a problem”

I’ve never been one to make a resolution. I’ve always believed if one wants to change an aspect of their life you do it whatever day or time it is. Something I resolved to do on a long past day and time was to appreciate the world around me.

Those I love

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Our oldest daughter’s wedding officiated by her father. Our younger daughter was matron of honor.

And the those I fear

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

The smallest of creatures

Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower

The tallest of buildings

Austin Texas
Austin Texas

Each day presents me with a gift

I only need a moment of time to find it

a series of photographs of ice crystals on the stream behind our home

                        A magical find

January 1st, 2018

Ice crystal

ice crystals

ice crystals

ice crystal

 

ice crystals

 

ice crystals

September in Maine – Day One

The thought of seven hours in the car seemed daunting in the early hours that Thursday morning. But as I watched the fog burn off and the blue sky emerge time passed swiftly as did the trees and buildings outside the car window. As we crossed the border between New Hampshire and Maine familiar vignettes appeared.  Memories long placed on dusty shelves in my mind were now retrieved  and brought into the light of day.

That first glimpse of the ocean made every molecule of my being dance. After meeting our most gracious host and checking into Haven by the Sea

I walked, almost floated, to the sea’s edge.  Here is what I saw that first day…

Homes beachside, Wells Maine
Homes beachside, Wells Maine
Plover, Shore birds on the beach, Wells Maine
Plovers amongst the rocks on the beach at Wells
Seaweeds Weeds, Maine
Various sea plants and weeds Wells, Maine
Periwinkles on rocks, Wells, Maine
Periwinkle shells on rocks, Wells Maine
Kelp Wells, Maine
Kelp, Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Reflection
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Homes beachside Wells, Maine
Homes beachside, Wells, Maine
Seaweed on periwinkle Wells, Maine
Seaweed on periwinkle Wells, Maine

Thank you for stopping by

Abandoned 

I’ve walked past this farm more than a hundred times…

abandoned barn

Corner stones of the barnDuring those early walks when I  looked inside the abandoned barn I could clearly see chairs and broken piping

Barn on Meadow Road

Abandoned barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now all I see is the Earth taking back what was once hers.

Poiaon ive and grape vines overtake the wooden barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watch as the barn is slowly being consumed by vines of grape and poison ivy

Barn wall

and wonder how long it will be until this place is no longer exists even in memories…

Abandoned barn on Meadow

 

Upper window of the barn


 

A Walk Beyond the Garden

The garden has become familiar.

I know it’s rock walls, the plants who have made it their home.

I’ve shared it’s life, death and rebirth cycles.

Today I walked beyond it’s boundaries and this is what I saw…

A local CSA, Terra Fauna, had planted a plot of Indian corn. Neighbors respect one another and the corn is waiting to be harvested.

Further down the road is the sheep farm. Lambs born this past February and March reach out for freshly cut hay.

Across the street, next to the homestead,

a cow rests in the barn.

Scattered around the property are remnants of farm implements.

Continuing on I pass the silos of a dairy farm. They and the milk tank are all that remain of a once vibrant local industry.

As I make the turn onto Hillside I look back upon  the dairy  farm

and pass homes decorated for Halloween.

My last turn onto Valley View brings my home into view. Once again I will work in the gardens and continue to co-create with Gaia.