As I sit here at the dining room table enjoying the way the wind has somehow blown all the humidity away... and wondering what I should be doing in the fifteen or twenty minutes I have before it's time to get ready for soccer (I've felt a little like a chicken with my head cut off all day)... I realize that today Elaine is hosting the Loveliness of Seashores Fair. (Gotta love that Harry Connick, Jr. song she's got on her site, too.) And this gives me the opportunity to put off doing whatever it is that I probably ought to be doing in these last fifteen or twenty minutes!
I also have a few nature photos backlogged on my computer that I think I am going to post now, mostly because I have about five (or more) posts in various stages of construction, and I can't decide which of those I ought to work on either.
For starters, we can't figure out what this thing is:
We've seen two of them so far, and they are huge. A couple of inches long.
Here's a moth Gareth found... its underside is bright yellow. We haven't identified it yet either, mainly because the guide to butterflies and moths has gone "missing". (That's code for "it got sucked into the black hole in Katydid's room.")
And we have our pair of ruby-throated hummingbirds back this year. The other day I saw both the male and female hovering over the driveway together, but I wasn't quick enough to get my camera. I do have these shots of the male feeding from the sage in the front yard, though:
And now my fifteen minutes are up, and the quiet afternoon has been overtaken by the sound of children doing afternoon chores -- in other words, squabbling.
Oh well. The peace was nice while it lasted.