“The earth has music for those who listen.”
― George Santayana
I cannot think of greater music than what is heard while I am immersed in nature. I took this landscape on 11/13/14 at the Arthur R Marshall wildlife refuge during sunset. The little photo of myself was shot by my talented friend and fellow photographer Heather Green; her work can be seen @http://heathergreenphoto.com/
Found many tiny tree frogs this morning at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in South Florida; Northern section of the everglades for the unfamiliar. This one was maybe the size of my thumbnail. I had a horrible angle at first and fortunately he turned directly towards me for a few seconds.
I’m not sure who was fascinated more.
Mrs. Serious – Last night Deanna and I were talking about the dogs and their personalities.
1. Marley is the spoiled 2 year old boy who screams a lot and gets frustrated when the world can’t get past his bastardized use of the English language. Think the infamous Roman Maroni from Johnny Dangerously.
2. Mia is super sweet. I remember my Pokey Little Puppy book from when I was 5 and the dog depicted on the cover. It’s official folks. Deanna rescued the same dog. Pink snout, white body, brown patches, etc.
3. Kayla is Mrs. Serious. The dog who doesnt want to be a dog. If Kayla has a religious preference she is a believer in reincarnation and draws from her past life with her then human companions. She wants nothing to do with dogs. You’ve seen the videos as Marley throws his usual fits she just sits patiently, embarrassed, starring off into the distance contemplating “Who invited this animal?” The Margaret Thatcher of dogs
Charity – In dog terms
The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one’s neighbors as objects of God’s love.
Do you wonder how you can be an instrument of God, but you don’t know where to begin? Simple. First start by extending love to someone. Not just your friends and family. That’s a given.
Help your elderly neighbor bring their groceries in. Seek out a stranger who is experiencing adversity and start a conversation – actually listen.
If you have been blessed financially share it with someone who struggles just to make ends meet – the young couple behind you with the baby at the supermarket.
Some of us have people to fall back on in our lives whiles others feel lost and alone. Be that special person to someone.
Acts 20:35 – In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “
Anyone care to guess what this celestial looking scene really is? It’s not some distant planet taken by a low orbiting satellite…
Monk Skipper (Asbolis capucinus)
Deanna has a garden outside that apparently is an insect rest stop of sorts. This little skipper not only stopped to smell the roses, but stayed on them beginning in the afternoon until mid morning the following day. This behavior is known as roosting and this typically occurs during inclement weather.
This particular skipper is common in south Florida. Whether at first glance you called this little guy a moth or a butterfly you would be partially correct ; they have characteristics of both insects.
If you notice my second photograph you more easily see the beautiful scales that make up the wing. In fact the group that encompasses moths and butterflies is lepidoptera which means scaly (lepido) winged (ptera).
The average lifespan is said to be about 7 days so it’s pretty fascinating that this insect chose her plant outside to spend a sizable chunk of it’s life.
I love these skippers because they are often very difficult to photograph. They typically spend a brief amount of time darting and skipping from each flower and can be especially skittish. I was very fortunate to find this one.
This skipper is called a monk skipper due to it’s coloration. Think of a capuchin monk!