Gee, it's been quite awhile since I posted!
I've been, of course, singing in the rain! And I've been reading like mad-books that I put on hold at the library only to have six come in all at once, enjoying the few days left to me of my Granddaughters summer vacation, trying, to no avail, to get a picture of the Acorn Woodpecker's baby peeking out of his nest on the underside of a long dead Ponderosa Pine branch, and planting and transplanting in my little garden while we are blessed with rain and there is humidity in the air to help plants get a start in our granite based soil.
The other day, Omegamom mentioned watching hummingbird moths close to her home. I, too, have always been enamoured of these huge moths that appear in the evening to hover, wings moving as rapidly as real hummingbirds, around the sweetest smelling flowers in the garden. I found that they are officially called Hawkmoths and I ran across this old illustration of the various types.
There have always been a few hawkmoths hovering about the flowers in my garden as the summer twilight deepens to night, but this year I have seen only one. Next year there may be none.
I found this site that tells about our most common hawkmoth and the Datura it feeds upon. Datura is in the deadly nightshade family as are tomato and potato plants. It has huge, white, night blooming flowers that fill the air with heady fragrence. Like tomato and potato plants, the Datura plant is poisonous and Datura seeds are a powerful and dangerous hallucinogen . It's also called Jimson weed in the west and I think it must have been a city fella who wrote that old Sons of the Pioneers song claiming the lonely cattle feed on the lowly Jimson weed.
Datura flowers were a favorite subject of the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Here are a couple of her paintings.
This is the last week we get to play with our girls. They are back in school the sixth and seventh of August................