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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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Dragons that Fly

“Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” ~ Aldous Huxley ~

This is not one of my pictures.  Pretty.  I can’t recall ever having seen one like this.

We got through Hurricane/Tropical Storm Michael.  We had no power for a couple of days, but I won’t complain about that considering what others have dealt with recently.  I try not to take things for granted and to be grateful for what I do have.  Things can be better, but they can also be worse.  It can be hard to remember that sometimes.  Gratitude journals do help you refocus on what is important.

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argghhhh

Some days I feel like I am barely hanging on.

“In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.” ~Winston Churchill ~

“If you start to take Vienna – take Vienna.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

We’ve had three black swallowtails to emerge so far.  They are from the butterfly habitat; I don’t know how many went off to pupate around the garden.  I’ve been having PC and internet problems.  I can’t see other posts and like them, so just know I still like you! Reusing some pictures because of upload problems.

 

 

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Cope’s Gray Tree Frog (aka Momma Frog)
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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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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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Blue Monday

“Mankind’s lessons are written in the ruins of his civilization.” ~ Anthony T. Hincks ~

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To a Narcissist

Why did you take my heart?

It wasn’t what you wanted.

You said you loved me.

And I believed you.

Now you say you never loved me.

And I believe you.

I didn’t want to make waves.

You used that to drown me.

Giving me enough air to keep me alive.

Taking it away to keep me under control.

It doesn’t matter either way.

You’ve made yourself clear.

I no longer let you feed on my soul.

You have others for that now.

I gave you my past.

The future is mine.

© Leigh 2018