With cars, sometimes the parts are as beautiful as the whole. (shots from the archives)
The steel mesh of the fencing mask and the scarred guard of the sabre seemed to have all the ingredients for a photographic duet.
A sampling of interesting posts from this week’s challenge are below.
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April’s full moon is known as the “Pink Moon,” according to the Farmers Almanac. It’s named for the wild phlox whose blooms add brilliant magenta notes to the spring green.
The moon appeared to live up to its name as it set on Holy Saturday, just as the first pink and orange rays of the sun lit up the haze.
“Journey” is a perfect theme for Easter weekend. It’s a time of hope. It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of another for catechumens and candidates entering the Catholic church. For those celebrating Passover, it’s a journey celebrating deliverance.
There were many journeys on the mountain this week. Flocks of birds whirled in great sweeps from tree to tree. Hummingbirds returned from their central American winter sojourn. On a smaller scale, carpenter bees, bumblebees, butterflies and moths buzzed and fluttered from flower to flower. All of it a great reminder of the renewal of life from the dead of winter.
Be sure to check out the other intriguing,beautiful and challenging interpretations of “journey” at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-journey/.
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Winter gave way to spring and Lent is giving way to Easter.
Here on the mountain, a little birdie told us it’s time for another seasonal change, from Christmas to, well, now.
For each of the last three seasons, ruby throated hummingbirds have jetted, dog-fought (is this the past tense of dog-fight?) and hovered around our deck to enjoy homemade nectar. Wednesday night, one of the hummingbirds reappeared, having returned from his winter home nearer the equator. We spotted him checking each of the red bulbs on the strings of Christmas lights draped around the deck, probably thinking at each stop that the next one would be a refreshing floral Slurpee. It seemed a terrible (and unintentional) trick to play on the poor little guy. It was time to take the lights down and put the feeder up.
There is something even more ambitious on our seasons-change agenda, something in honor of Easter: taking down the Christmas tree. The Leland Cypress we bought the week after Thanksgiving has, amazingly, remained green and supple. We will hate to see it go, but it will serve as additional cover for our wild neighbors down the mountain slope.
So, what does all have to do with the spiders below? They are the new seasonal deck decor in the absence of Christmas lights.
Don’t know what this fellow is, but he is eye-catching! Will update the post if we get an ID on him. We found him walking around on some landscape fabric on the way to get closer to the coachwhip from an earlier post.
UPDATE: Thanks to U of Arkansas entomologist Kelly Loftin for identifying this fellow as an eyed click beetle.
Random shots from recent road trips.
More of our local reptiles showed themselves on April Fool’s Day. The long coachwhip stuck his head, and a few inches, out from under the porch and a big fence lizard made himself at home on the deck.
It’s been warm here in Arkansas. National Weather Service records show that during February 2012 there were only four days where the temps fell to freezing or below and there were two days in February that hit 80 or higher. In January, there were only 13 days that saw lows at freezing or below and three days hit 70 or above.
The warm air and warm soil temperatures accelerated this year’s flower show.