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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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Transformation

“Autumn wins you best by this: its mute

Appeal to sympathy for its decay.” ~ Robert Browning ~

“The changing year’s progressive plan

Proclaims mortality to man.” ~ Horace ~

A lot of changes in autumn.  Most of the dragonflies and hummingbirds have left.  Changes for me too.  I’m sure the caterpillars are not afraid when they transform into moths and butterflies.  I can’t say the same for me.

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Call me Fluffy.
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Good camo on this tickseed plant.
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Probably my last dragonfly picture for this year. Sad.

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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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Baby Monarch

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It looks big in the picture, but it is quite small.

A Monarch is what you are.

Your travels take you oh so far.

You leave your children in my care

On the milkweed with none to spare.

I watch them grow and think of you.

Someday they will be beautiful too.

Now they are cute and sweet.

Maybe you and they will meet.

You will know you did your part;

To keep the Monarchs in my heart.

© Leigh 2018

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I, Dragonfly

“It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary ~

I had my annual recheck for Cushing’s Disease today.  I don’t dwell on it, but it is a relief to know I’m okay.  At least if it comes again I will get it taken care of right away instead of being misdiagnosed for nine years.  :^(  I guess it was a case of better late than never.  The dragonflies will keep me smiling.  Always.  My symbol of new beginnings.

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Dragonfly, Skink, and Frog – Oh My!

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

Prince Charming came back.  I had missed him.   It’s raining again today, so he is probably content.  The dragonflies won’t like it though.

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Broad head skink

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Start out small.

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” ~Marie Curie ~

Kind of like the time it takes for radioactive decay?  8^)

I like snails and this one likes goldenrod.  The crab spider is so little!  It likes the hummingbird mint.  Both are patient with the process of life.

There are no honeybees here this summer.  It was a bad winter for the hives.

 

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snail on goldenrod

 

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Hi there!

I love dragonflies.  Squash bugs – not so much.  I had beautiful, healthy squash plants; now I don’t.  My cucumber plants have all succumbed to the juggernaut of hungry squash bugs.  Now they are lurking on my tomatoes.  I would like to say there is Sevin dust in their future, but I won’t use pesticides.  They don’t know how lucky they are.  :^(

I wish dragonflies ate squash bugs.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.  Be curious.” ~ Stephen Hawking ~

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