December Azaleas

It’s cold here in the Deep South. This morning it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 Celsius), and it didn’t get out of the 30s all day. There is ice in the bird bath, and we had snow flurries last night. But my azaleas are blooming. The azaleas always bloom in the Spring, and for the…

October rose

Blooming today, the last day of October, one solitary rose. I drove to my father’s mountain cabin today to check on the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Zeta and was surprised by this single rose in bloom by the old fence. “There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” (Ralph…

From where I sit today

We had torrential rains yesterday and last night, with flash flood warnings. Nearby areas were under tornado warnings and did have flooding, with roads and bridges washed out and homes lost to rising water. This afternoon when the rains stopped I ventured out. Not far, just onto the porch and down the driveway where I…

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

We’ve seen very few butterflies this season, and when I have seen them I haven’t had a camera with me. Today, however, I was able to capture the one butterfly that was on the buddleia. It was a brown Eastern Tiger Swallowtail… “Butterflies are nature’s angels.They remind us what a gift it is to be…

Luna on the lamppost

Luna moths can sometimes be seen here during the late summer, and this Luna spent two days on our lamppost before disappearing altogether. Also known as the giant silk moth, it is found only in North America. This one is a male and can be identified as such by its feather-like antennae.

Country Clematis

It’s one of my favorites. I wait for its blooms every year… Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Changing leaves

Leaves are beginning to change colors. Maybe Autumn is on the way…

Shades of blue

I’ve enjoyed the varying shades of color on our large hydrangea bush this year. All but one of the blooms have faded, and now there is one solitary bright blue bloom left. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

“I’ll be a hummingbird…”

“We’re constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. [But] we should always feel like a hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don’t want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I’ll be a hummingbird, I’ll do the best I can.”…