Friday, April 20, 2012

Sundowning

If you say the word "twilight" it takes on a whole new connotation, which I don't appreciate. We'll call it dusk or days ebb or nightfall. The time of day the ducks fly? I don't know where they go but each evening they heave themselves up and head east. This is a good time to inspect the garden for the night crew. The ones that start to pollinate in the pinking sky.


This is the grand and beautiful Hawk Moth also known as a Hummingbird Moth could be mistaken for a hummingbird because of it's the size and flying habit.


Each evening they feed on the Pride of Madeira which has grown to the size of a Brahma Bull in my garden.


These are taken using flash photography.


Did you ever wonder what those tomato hornworms turn into? You may think twice when destroying them.



My son has started a new painting. I thought I'd show it to you in the beginning stages.

I went to see the owls this morning, rolled out of bed and into my shoes, changed my camera lens and promptly left it on the kitchen table :) It was early, the whole clan hunkered deep in the nest, I hiked for an hour or so, came back to watch them rise, preen, preen, and preen more then hop up on the edge of the nest, bellies to the warm sun..


I've been adding surprise earrings to my etsy shop, This is my time to constructing earrings for our upcoming show and I'll share some to etsy as well.


I also want to wish you a weekend of delights. You may want to skulk around at night and see what's shakin in your own garden.

xoxo Ro

23 comments:

  1. That Madeira is beautiful and has a beautiful name too...and what an incredible moth! I love both ends of the day..dawn and down! Have a great weekend! Love that turquoise! xx

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    1. Me too Mona when the light is slanted, something very comforting about those times, the prospect of a new day and the finish of one.
      xoxo

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  2. Hahaha! Twilight...YES! If I ever use that word in writing, I find myself--unconsciously--scrambling for another word. Have added sundowning to my list. =)

    Wow, Ro, your night shots are gorgeous! The only time I've taken some photos at night I ended up finding a few 'ghosties'...and haven't been back out since... *bok* *bok*

    I love your dangling delights. I may have to start wearing earrings again. (I stopped after always having to wrangle them out of my mop of hair.)

    Happy Friday!

    xxx

    PS. After a few 'ruffled feathers' a little feathered friend should be winging her way to you today.

    That owl! Stunning.

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    1. Some words are ruined and it's not fair, as a writer I bet you have a list of them, brand names for products etc. with the exception of Spam :)

      Flash photos can be weird, I had to use the red eye on some of the moth shots....*bok *bok

      hmmmm, hoops may be your best earring choice instead of dangly tangelys, I do like to wear earrings though, a lot.

      *I'm very curious and excited about this......this??????

      Enjoy your weekend with hubby, you two make me laugh.

      xoxo

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    2. SPAM! Yes. Ha ha. Never knew what it was until I moved here. There's probably nothing on this earth that would actually get me to try it...but it's just nice that I get the 'inside joke' now.

      I quietly loathe the word 'like' which is so unfair, as it was such a likable (that just looks weird...it really should be likEable) word once upon a time!

      Hoops. Of course. Hadn't thought about those.

      * Can't wait!

      Hubs is cooking this weekend (just as soon as I get him to think it was his idea)!

      Have a lovely c-o-o-l weekend!

      xxx

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  3. I think the most redeeming aspect of summer, are summer evenings, that is my favorite time of the day. The heat starts letting up a bit...and look what you found get to see in the garden. just love it!
    have a peaceful weekend all!!

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    1. Oh, I LOVE the mornings too but you already knew that, they are best because most people prefer sleep and they are still indoors and the world is so quiet.

      Summer evenings spent outdoors is lovely, in the company of owls.

      Good to see you sister!

      xoxo

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    2. it was so good to get a hug!

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  4. be they natural, handmade or painted...ALL your pictures are beautiful!
    ~have a great weekend~
    XO

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    1. Thank you Nancy, Your talents are great as well.
      I hope your weekend is wonderful too.
      xo

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  5. What lovely photos to start and end this blog offering! And the Hummingbird Moth is amazing, isn't it? I can still remember where I was the first time I saw one :-) .

    Love your gorgeous end-of-the-day photos....and your reference to the Brahma Bull. I just googled it (really! lol), and found some interesting stuff. (I even found an urban dictionary that was really worth checking out!!)

    Bryce's new painting is wonderful already. Will be eagerly waiting when it reaches his shop. Gotta love a guy who loves birds, and paints them so well.

    Have a great start to your weekend, and happy getting ready for your next show!
    XxOoXxOo

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    1. Aren't they something Lisa, hummingbirds day and night.

      It makes me think of a "This American Life" about a family that had a Brahma as a pet. It was a film, the television version of the show. I love TAL if you have a chance you should see if you can find it on Youtube it was really something, I think the bull was named Toby.....stranger than fiction.

      I like that scaled down owl painting too.......the eyes :)

      I had a good long studio day yesterday, building components, now I need to assemble them.

      Hummingbirds yet?

      xoxoxo

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  6. I love your ability to capture so much beauty in so many different mediums. Your blog is a constant inspiration to me! Thank you!

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  7. and you are indeed a very kind lady....

    Thank you Amy

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  8. I will definitely track down TAL. Thank you for that :o) .

    No! No hummingbirds yet, but I expect them any hour now. Hee heeee! (I just put out fresh nectar....trying to spread a little joy Ro-style!)

    Love you xo

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    1. I tried to find it and couldn't, it's a great story I hope you were successful.

      Boy, oh man those tiny strummers are taking their time, I'm gonna mail you some once I catch them :)

      xoxo

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  9. Wow, thanks for the photos of the incredible tiny hawk moth!! Never seen one. Although they must be around. Looked them up, there is quite a large variety.

    Beautiful surprise etsy earrings!! You sure know how to tempt us fans :)) xoxoxo

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    1. I bet you have them Priscilla and they are not tiny, they are seriously large, they look computer generated when they fly.

      Thank you for the earring love.

      xoxo

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  10. Now I know the name of the moth that comes to our garden in summer--the Hawk Moth! They are indeed beautiful, as are your lovely earrings :-)

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  11. Thank you Dawn, yes, I'd like that pomegranate too :)

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