Moments in Time

Echinacea flower

Miraculous  – amazing – always

Sawfly caterpillars on Mugo pine

Mundane – never

Chipmonk gathering bedding

Around all of  us in every moment in time there is something beautiful

Sweet Spice shrub

Something strange

Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle

Something that catches our attention

Rain drops on a spider’s web

Just take the time to see it

American Toad

 

 

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Long Time Gone

The last time I shared the life of the gardens nighttime temperatures were below freezing and there was snow on the ground.

Now windows are opened both day and night while the cacophony of bird songs overwhelm one’s sense of hearing.

Babies are born, flowers grow and vegetables harvested.

The gardens are another year older as are its inhabitants …

Parrot Tulip 2017
Parrot Tulip
Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Robin family
Robin family
Baltimore butterfly
Baltimore butterfly
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail rasbbit
Eastern Cottontail rabbit

 

 

Under a New Fallen Snow

There is a peace that permeates one’s being while walking through a garden after a new fallen snow.

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But along  with that peace comes a feeling of sadness as the realization of knowing another season comes to an end.

Blood Red Maple leaf on Praying Hands hosta

Endings may be not be what they appear

Purple Alyssum

Look into hidden corners of the garden and see what emerges from the snow cover ground

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Allow your eyes to be drawn to vibrant colors in an otherwise neutral landscape

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Rejoice in knowing this is not an end, only life passing through celestial cycles

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The Beauty of Butterflies

As the sun sinks lower on the southern horizon his rays do not provide the same intensity of heat as on summer days.

These fragile creatures search for the last of summer flowers to rest and feast upon.

To watch them glide on invisible currents  my heart aches for what is to come.

 

Common checkered-skipper Pygus communis
Common checkered-skipper Pygus communis

“This species is separated from the White-checkered skipper with confidence only by dissection and examination of the male genitalia.” from butterfliesandmoths.org

 

Female Clouded Sulphur Colias philodice
Female Clouded Sulphur Colias philodice

Transformative Qualities

And so it begins

A miniscule sphere harboring new life

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Emerging as  a creature from a nightmare

Juvenile Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

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Growing into a character in a children’s dream

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Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill

Ever so slowly shedding greens and yellows encasing its soft body in an armor of crusty brown

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To one day emerge into a creature which we embrace as a symbol of what we can attain

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It does not happen in a blink of an eye, it does not happen over night

Days, weeks months in a life that exists for but a short period of time

Once its insatiable appetite for parsley, dill or carrot greens  has been quelled it will travel  long distances to find a place to rest as it transforms into a creature no longer shackled to the earth

We too have the capacity to transform but only after many years of feeding our own voracious appetite for that which we are drawn to

Look to the sky to see them glide on an invisible current and know we too can unshackle ourselves from that which keeps us from soaring ever higher

Repurposing the German Bank Barn

Yesterday Michaele asked about the history of the barn. When we moved into our home in 2004 I did research at out local county seat to find out the story of the property. What I learned was the barn’s construction began in the year of  1895 by the Snyder family.  The family home was built shortly thereafter. The Bugnito family bought the property in 1920 for $2150.00. The family continued to  lived on the property until the early 1970’s. In 1974 it was bought by a young couple. They and their daughter lived here until 1996.  They utilized the barn and property. Goats and chickens roamed the property and their horse, Partly Cloudy lived in the lower stall of the barn.

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The original sign post

Once they moved on the barn was never again utilized as anything more than a work or gathering space.  That brings us to today. My husband and I are the fifth owners of the barn and home. Occasionally we’ve held parties in the main hall of the barn. Other areas were filled with wood and home to a small colony of Brown bats The lower rooms are our work space. So when Katie and Noelle approached us in the spring to ask about using the barn for their wedding, we felt it was an opportunity to refresh the spirit of the barn. After a weekend of rewiring and cleaning a new energy is emerging.

Pennsylvania German Bank barn
When I shared with my neighbor how I believed a chandelier would add to the spirit of the barn he later came by with this in hand. It had hung above his dining room table.  He said it was no longer of use to him and would gladly give it to the barn!

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