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Is it Spring yet?

DSC07790“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One paperwhite, one dwarf iris, one yellow crocus.  The daffodils are coming up, but no blooms yet.  It won’t be long!  I’m looking forward to green again.  And dragonflies.

 

 

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They are back!

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The dragonflies are back.  They make me smile.  I haven’t started taking pictures yet.  My camera quality is a bit embarrassing.  I picked this one from the internet.  : (

It took Spring a long time to get here, but it is making up for it now.  I put a hummingbird feeder out and there was one within five minutes.  The frogs, toads, skinks, and snakes are out.  I have seen some turtles basking, but I haven’t had to move any off the road yet.

The daffodils are beautiful this year and my perennials are coming up.  The trees are starting to get leaves and the dogwoods are just beginning to bloom.  I try not to complain about Winter, but I am ready for Spring!

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flying

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“Be secret and exult.

Because of all things know

That is most difficult.” William Butler Yeats

Haikus:

Vultures in the sky.

Cloudless day for flying low.

Black against the blue.

Leigh M. 11/25/2018

A monarch flew by.

Why is it here in the cold?

Please find your way homeward soon.

Leigh M. 11/25/2018

It is hard to believe it has been two months since the monarchs emerged.

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Chill

“Gie me a spark o’ nature’s fire,

That’s a’ the learning I desire.” ~Robert Burns ~

Again, this is not one of my pictures.  I think it is beautiful.  Dragonflies and spiders – what could be better?!  It’s like getting peanut butter in my chocolate!

Cooler weather is here.  That’s good and bad.  I don’t have to sweat every time I walk out the door, but I will miss the summer insects, spiders, and plants.  I find them to be amazing.  At least I can look forward to the spring.

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The Amazing SpiderMom

I’ve said it before, but I really like the way spiders take care of their babies.  Hurricane Florence missed us, but others were not so fortunate.  I think the deer flies may finally be gone!  Knock on wood.

“For words, like Nature, half reveal

And half conceal the Soul within.” ~Alfred Lord Tennyson ~

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Great Mom

 

 

 

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Neat little moth

 

 

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Caterpillars

The Monarchs did well, then it was time for the Black Swallowtails.  Most have gone off to pupate and the rest are in a butterfly habitat to protect them from Hurricane Florence.  There have been a lot of interesting caterpillars this year.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~ Carl Sagan ~

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We went through a lot of parsley.
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I thought this guy was cute.
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Monarchs

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The Monarch babies did really well this year.  My son and I are so glad when they emerge from their chrysalis and fly off to rest in the trees.  They don’t stay very long.  It’s already migration time.  Either they will make it to Mexico or their children will.  It makes us feel good that we can be a part of that, and we are grateful that we can help in a small way.  I will need more milkweed next year.  They cleaned us out this year – a good thing.

It’s hard to believe that summer is ending and school starts tomorrow.  I’m not a cold weather person, but I sure won’t miss the deer flies.  I will miss the dragonflies.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are but small matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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Laughing Dragonfly

Kind of like laughing Buddha, only cuter.

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.” ~Marcel Proust~

It looks like I post the same dragonfly over and over, but they are different ones.  I can tell them apart.  No, I’m not kidding.   :^)

No one has commented on my bad poetry, so maybe I should give it a rest.

I know I’m not very good at it, but I’m trying.  :^ (

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