Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Show and Tell

When I was a young girl, a song hit the charts written by Herb Newman called "The Birds and The Bees".  The lyrics ran (in part)

Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees
And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above
And a thing called "Love"...

The tune is quite catchy, and before long we were all singing the chorus on the playground at school despite the fact our relative youth meant we had little real idea of what it was we were singing about.

Lately that song has been running nonstop through my head whenever I am out and about.

Does that ever happen to you?  Do you have ever have a soundtrack superimposed over your days?  It happens to me all the time.  I see beauty around me and the music is simply and suddenly there as well.

Today, rather than sing the song (you can thank me later) I thought I'd illustrate it for you. So, without further ado:
This young Eastern Screech Owl roosted temporarily on our front bench 
Ongoing stand off between competing male hummingbirds
Bees often get blown into the pool.  The lucky ones I fish out and they fly off apparently unharmed 
Polygonia interrogationis Question Mark Butterfly
Eumorpha vitis - Vine Sphinx moth
Garlic chive blooms dancing in August's heat over the Verbena
Oak leaf galls - the jewel tones are surprisingly pretty
July's second full moon for 2012

I love to watch the sky reflected on the water.  I think of this as the China cloud.
Here's hoping you and yours are having a lovely Labor Day Weekend.  


Tina said...

TexasDeb, I love these photos. I especially like the little Screech Owl. I heard my first Screech Owl trills in several months the other evening-yay!

TexasDeb said...

Thanks Tina. I'm with you - I really like having these little owls as occasional companions. I'm glad the mockingbirds and jays didn't attack it this go-round. So inhospitable!

ESP said...

I love those question mark butterflies! So mysterious with their wing icons!
Great pictures TD.

TexasDeb said...

Thanks ESP. That means a lot coming from you- I'm always in awe of your amazing close up photos over at the Patch. The question mark butterflies are so different when viewed from the side as opposed to above. Mysterious indeed.

Thanks very much for stopping by.