I love discovering new and unique things in the gardens. An insect viewed from a different perspective or a non-traditional flower.
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.
I wait for the cold to envelope the land and snow and ice to fall.
When warming air collides with subfreezing temperatures, magic happens.
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
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
Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017
Tiger Swallowtail May 24, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly 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!
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 sm ile at what Gaia has created!
Black swallowtail caterpillar
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar
RESOLution – resolve “ firm determination to do something”
re SOLUTION – 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
Our oldest daughter’s wedding officiated by her father. Our younger daughter was matron of honor.
And the those I fear
Common Garter Snake
The smallest of creatures
Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower
The tallest of buildings
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
A Halloween harbinger
Spinning a web in darkness
Caught in my hair
___ Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Happy Halloween ___
I’ve walked past this farm more than a hundred times…
During those early walks when I looked inside the abandoned barn I could clearly see chairs and broken piping
Now all I see is the Earth taking back what was once hers.
I watch as the barn is slowly being consumed by vines of grape and poison ivy
and wonder how long it will be until this place is no longer exists even in memories…
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.