Sunday, June 21, 2015

Litha, Summer Solstice

It's looking like a day of rain for the Summer Solstice.  Somehow I don't think we will be doing any outdoor celebrating today.  Ah well, rain is an important part of life too.  Living in the woods the threat of fires in times of drought is always a worry.

Here are a few photos of the flora and fauna from the last week or so.
  
 This is the time of year for Luna Moths.  This one was tucked into a shaded corner outside my window.  They usually like to hide up in trees during daylight hours, so I was happy to see him/her where I could get a good shot.


I thought at first this was a black swallowtail, but I see now that it doesn't have any tails.  I'll have to look this one up.


The large white dahlia broke off when I was taking the plant out of the car.  I've been enjoying it next to my computer.


More dahlias.  I lost all mine last year in an early deep freeze, There are so many beauties out there that I am like a kid in a candy store!


This is a new, to me, passion flower.  I find they winter over quite well.  I consider them an investment!


I love this time of year when everything is so green and lush.  Winter is very far my thoughts these days.

Wishing a Happy and Joyful Fathers' Day to all the daddies out in the world!

As always, thanks for stopping by........*s*

14 comments:

  1. whow, a Passion Flower is beautiful. Happy solstice to you and yours!

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    1. Hi Barb....I indulged in some new passion flower plants this year!

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    1. Hi Linda....My original reply never posted. Perhaps it's their color or size or something else, but lunas do have a kind of magic about them!

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  3. LUSH indeed, June is sooooo green and awesome :)

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    1. Hi Gary......Finally I feel like I have thawed out!

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  4. You’re so lucky to have gotten that picture of a luna moth. They are hard to find during the day and they only live 24 hours so they are rare indeed.
    Your flowers are beautiful, isn’t it great when summer arrives.

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    1. Hi Lori....It was a real treat to be able to photograph the luna moth.
      It was a cool dry spring but finally things a growing and blooming!

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  5. that green moth is very pretty... passionfruit grow well in Australia though the best purple one seems to have faded out to be replaced in the shops by a less colourful one... we couldn't have a pavlova without passionfruit... there is also a purely flowering one that is scarlet...

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  6. Hi Anna....Do you have luna moths in Australia? As far as I know my passion flowers are decorative. Although it would be neat to get fruit, I don't think our season is long enough!

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  7. Just saw your post and wanted to let you know that the butterfly is a red-spotted purple. I saw those at my house in MD last year.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limenitis_arthemis

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    1. Hi Schnee....Thanks for the information and the link.

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  8. I thought that passionfruit flower looked familiar. We had to pull ours out though. It was bearing no fruit. One of the most gorgeous flowers though. I did take some close up shots.

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  9. Hi Caroline....I grow them for their flowers so I don't worry about fruiting. I several different varieties. Would love to see some of your photos!

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