There are heaps of little dust colored insects skittering around one kind of short bushy plant in a haze of busyness. I stopped and looked – one settled on a stem – triangular wings out. AHA – it is a moth.
There was another flutterer – bright yellow and just a little bit larger. Butterfly or moth? Moth or butterfly? Rounded wings like a luna moth, but I wanted to know for sure. Had to wait several minutes before it finally lit, stayed just a fraction of a second and took off again. I didn’t trust my eyes, so I waited again. Wings UP. It is a butterfly! BINGO!
I mentioned this yellow lepidoptera to Austin (to show off how observant I’m becoming) – he immediately said, “that’s a butterfly, a sulfur butterfly…. it drinks urine.” Not much glamour in the natural world.
The hibiscus hedge that my son trimmed with the chain saw a couple of months ago is putting out a lot of leaves now – all healthy leaves, without the disease that made them get knobby and curl under. I hope that disease is gone.
In the mornings when I run on Cardiac Hill there are small iridescent membranes in the grass – tiny spider webs. I love dewy webs but never noticed any in the grass before moving here.
I looked more closely at that leafless tree on the drive up the valley – there are about 6 dead trees there. And dead trees in 3 other clusters coming up Valley Road. I got a good look at the base of a few of them and they aren’t ringed (i.e. killed by someone by cutting off the sap supply to the top).. So I don’t know if the farmers poisoned them or if there is some disease moving up the valley. If it were a tree disease, would anybody be paying attention?
One last thing. I read somewhere that Irish eyes can distinguish 1000 shades of green. I thought of it awhile back on a sunny day when I realized that of all the shades of green I could see here, I could not find Crayola “green” for the life of me. Today it was overcast and the light threw out a completely different green palette, I thought I saw “green” today for a moment – but, no, on closer look it was a bit too blue. I can’t find “green” on the computer either. I’m just wondering if “green” exists in nature.