Archive for June, 2016

Something’s Missing

There is something missing from all these pictures, except the last one …

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… Butterflies

They don’t call this butterflyweed for nothing. In a good butterfly summer, the milkweed would be covered with butterflies of all sizes and colors.

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Not this summer. I’m seeing a few dragonflies, but I haven’t seen a butterfly for weeks.

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It’s a shame. I look forward to them every summer.

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One common milkweed grows beside the old garage. At least I’ll have a place for monarch butterflies to lay eggs if they do visit here.

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Obviously, this picture wasn’t taken this summer.

They still might visit here on their migration north.

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At least aphids are hatching on the underside of a milkweed leaf.

Daddy Longlegs

This is the first daddy-longlegs I’ve seen this year.

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Daddy-long-legs aren’t spiders. They’re arachnids and are more closely related to scorpions.

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 They live in moist dark places and eat mostly decomposing vegetable and and animal matter.

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I took this picture two or three years ago. The orange “balls” are mites.

No Name Dragonfly

For some reason, I find dragonflies that I’m unable to identify.

I still enjoy them immensely.

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This one liked the exposed perch of the copper trellis.

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The wing veins look so delicate and intricate … and downright fascinating.

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The dragonfly and damselfly numbers are low this summer. At least I can see a few daily, not like the butterflies … I haven’t seen one in the last few weeks.

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It would fly out to capture tiny flying insects.

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This angle shows all the details of its body except the dark tips of its wings.

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This picture shows a lot of details of its anatomy. Interesting. I couldn’t find out what the parts are that I see in its head.

 

 

A Dragonfly Surprise

I took a few minutes to walk around the backyard, looking for any new visitors.

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The male widow skimmer dragonflies have been hanging around in my two small gardens. I didn’t see this other visitor until I got the pictures in the computer. There’s a tiny red mite on the dragonfly’s side. Two other skimmers also had a mite on them.

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  The males have the yellow stripe on their abdomen like the females do. The female widow skimmers lack the white patch on their forewings, and the male’s abdomen will turn a powder blue.

 

What a Beautiful Morning

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Pause and enjoy the beautiful morning in our backyard.

Shadowy Trees

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I’ve debated with myself on whether to post pictures of trees with light and shadow patterns on their trunks. The wind and/or breezes blow the leaves and branches back and forth, adding movement to the shadow designs.

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The changing positions of the sun change the shadows. For some reason the wind moving the shadows fascinates me.  I wonder if the wind is sometimes involved. There could be a request for slight movements or different degrees of active. Their positions are on the trunks on the east side in the morning and the west in the afternoon. They are so varied and become mesmerizing.

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I wonder if anything can be “read” into the shadow designs? Is it a secret language? Maybe the earth made a request from the sun for some reason. Or it could be a kind of writing, and then the tree does what it’s meant to do.

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The messages could travel inside the trunk,

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and either down into the earth, or up and out into the sky.

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  This would then transfer the energies to where they’re requested.

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… Then there’s the huge oak across the highway. It definitely has a position of distinction. It could be transferring the energies and/or messages to where they’re requested.

 The highway department recently cut of several long limbs so they wouldn’t fall on the highway. That upset me. It’s such a huge majestic tree.

My husband stepped it off, and the crown spread of the tree is 35 yards.

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 The base of the oak grows at the top of a little slope, only feet from the highway. It must receive messages for itself  and then send them to where they’re requested.

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The oak grows directly across the highway from our kitchen. I’m definitely attached to it after living across from it for 40 years.

 This makes me curious about the spirit world and their possible activities.

… and I will continue to watch the shadows on the tree trunks.

Posing With a Mouthful

I went out in the evening to walk around the yard. It was actually cool.

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Two of the resident groundhogs were having a late grass meal. My presence startled them. The young one stared at me with a mouthful of grass before it ran to the barn too.

Eight-spotted Forester Moth

There’s been a major shortage of butterflies this spring and summer.

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Obviously, I was excited when this eight-spotted forester moth (Alypia octomaculata) landed near me in the backyard.

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It has two white spots on each wing. It’s a day-flying moth and one that’s easy to spot. Their range includes the eastern part of the United States, Texas and Florida. They lay their eggs on grapes or Virginia creeper…. and I hope to see more.

Evening Shadows

Our house faces west, and there’s a garden site and a large farm field across the highway.

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So, we can see the sunsets when they aren’t clouded over. The lower the sun gets, the more vivid the colors turn.

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The shadows intrigue me and

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my moving rearranges them into another composition.

Changes

I sit on the couch, staring out the picture window across the room from me.

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Thinking. I am sad and adjusting.

I found out recently that I’m in the early stages of Alzheimers. It became more apparent this morning when I was reading through blogs. I always have several done that I can pick from to post. Others I write and post when completed.

Anyway, it became apparent that my Alzheimer’s occasionally affects my writing. There I sat, reading and rereading, trying to make a change in one, but couldn’t come up with a way to change it that suited me.

I will definitely continue to write blogs. Anxiety is one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  My meds keep my stomach upset most of the morning. The anxiety keeps me from driving at this time.

So, basically, I will blog what I find in our 2-acre yard like I have been doing. I am knitting a lot, making diamond-shaped washcloths for Christmas presents.

Anyway, I will continue to write blogs. I enjoy them too much not to.

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The rose above is a family heirloom that grows in my butterfly garden. My great grandfather gave it to my grandmother when my mother was born in 1929.

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p.s. I heard about two positive results this afternoon about coconut oil and its affects on Alzhiemers.
You might research it. I haven’t had time yet.