Pocket of joy: Birds at the feeder

I love the way the birds sit in the tree or on the post and wait their turn at the feeder. I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets of joy that…

The silence that comes with fog

A dense fog from yesterday morning, as seen from my back deck… “I like the muted sounds, the shroud of grey, and the silence that comes with fog.” (Om Malik)

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…

Pitiful gardens

We have four raised beds on our property in which we’ve planted vegetables in the past. However, this year I had other plans, and the neighbors asked if they could plant a vegetable garden in our raised beds and then share the produce with us. A great idea, and they worked hard on their garden,…

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.