Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Heat Advisory Continues

The Butterflies continue to come to the gardens.
A Giant Swallowtail in the Mimosa,

a Black Swallowtail in the Butterfly Bush
and a Tiger Swallowtail in the Tiger Lilies
 all remind me of relationships.

This has been a Summer for Tiger Swallowtails.

So many have come daily to the gardens
I am wondering if they have a route.

The Wild Bergamot attracts the butterflies and the bees.

I dry the leaves for winter teas.

I am keeping a log of the butterflies.
I am writing down the time of day I see them
 and the plant species they are feeding on.
It is a simple experiment. A simple log.

I have a relationship with the sun.
For the most part in the summer I stay in the shade.
When it is this hot and humid I stay indoors.

I love the Mammoth.
I have a relationship with these Ice Age Mammals.

I think about them.
I think about the Wooly Mammoth and the Columbia Mammoth that once grazed on the Prairie.
I think about their relationship with the First Americans.

I think about the Clovis Peoples and the pre-Clovis.
I think about the end of the Ice Age.
I think about how those that came before lived in the heat.

I wonder if they had trouble with mosquitoes.

I joined the Center for the Study of the First Americans.

The July newsletter arrived yesterday.
I will read every word.

I am also a member of the Xerces Society.
I am waiting for their Summer Newsletter.

Supporting organizations that are
involved in invertebrate conservation
connects me to other bug lovers.

We are counting bees.

The bunnies ate our first Sunflower sprouts so we replanted.
The deer were eating our second plants so we inclosed
the plants behind a chicken wire fence.
We have bees. Lots of bees.

I love watching them.

When the temperatures rise into the 90's
I stand at the back windows watching the birds,
the butterflies and the bees.

It is too hot for me to walk even after sundown.
It is just too hot.

I do my yoga.

I am learning from the bees
and butterflies.
I added the butterfly pose to my afternoon practice.
I wonder if there is a Mammoth pose?

Perhaps a forward bend with an arm extension
and a humming sound.
I shall do this when I am weary of the heat.
When I need to smile.

I see the leaves of the trees are moving slightly in
a gentle breeze from the Southwest.
Not enough wind to blow a storm in.
Not enough wind for a cool down.

I began my new book.

I love Dragons and
Birds too.


Wendy said...

My goodness you are busy, Sherry! Your butterfly gardens are wonderful and those shots are superb! I have not had many butterflies this year, but sometimes they are late.
Stay cool

Fun Pens said...

Your Butterfly pictures are so vivid! Beautiful!

jonesynyc said...

I love butterflies too! I took a picture of this beautiful butterfly that I had a hard time identifying but with some assistance it was. Here is a link to my butterfly http://glingky.blogspot.com/2011/07/mystery-butterfly-solved.html

Laxantes Naturales said...

I've been really enjoying this! Well done!