When I woke up this morning, it had just rained, and there was a foggy overcast feel to the morning. Greg says to me “It’s a nice fall morning, don’t you think?”. Now, how in the world can it feel like fall when the temperatures are still around 90 degrees for the high and 71 for the low, with high humidity? I am still unsure, but it does feel like a nice fall morning. Maybe it was the rain, or the fact that we live across the street from an elementary school. There is a slight breeze in the air, moving around the few leaves that have turned color and are dropping from the trees. Or just maybe it is the shadows the light is casting, as the sun seems to be be not as high in the sky, as it was a month ago. Whatever it is, it seems fall is coming, even in 90 degree weather. So Weird!
Good Morning. A few days ago I remembered I had a hummingbird feeder in the RV, so I ran out to get it and promptly put it out on the front porch. Very soon we had three different hummingbirds come to stake it’s claim. So for the past few mornings we have enjoyed watching the hummers swarm around the feeder. There is one that is pretty aggressive trying to keep the other two away….or so we thought. It appears one of them is a female and the other two are males (or so we think anyway, we are not experts). The one male has been successful in keeping the other one way. We watched as the dominate male became aggressive with the female and I was sure they were having a hummingbird fight, until Greg informed me they were mating! He has since taken to calling the feeder the “Hummingbird pick up bar”.
Hows that for learning about the birds and the bees? Today we are off to run errands in town, so I am off to it, then later torching. Have a great day!
Recently I wrote that we planted lantana flowers, and that I didn’t know it at the time, but they are butterfly attracting plants. Let me just tell you, that boy oh boy are they! It seems everyday this week I have gone out to check on my plants, there has been a swallowtail butterfly out there, just taking in those lantana like there is no tomorrow. I am not exactly sure which one it is, a giant I think Greg (hubby) said.
I know almost as much about butterflies as I do flowers, which is almost nothing. However, Greg is quite knowledgeable. Growing up in Tahoe, he, his brother, and his dad used to collect and raise them. Personally, I find the notion of collecting butterflies a bit disgraceful to collect these beautiful creatures, however Greg has a great love and respect of these creatures. So I forgive him. Plus I know he wouldn’t do that now.
Instead, he has been on a mission this week to create butterflies in glass. So far he has made three different kinds of butterfly murrini. The first one he did was a swallowtail. If you don’t know what murrini is, it is a cane of glass pulled down so you can slice off pieces, just like fimo clay, and use them in beads or marbles. Although some people just collect murrini slices also. Making murrini takes a lot of skill and patience. I have made two in my glass career to date, one with the help of Greg at my side the whole time and the other one with out. Both came out fairly nice, but then I do have a master (at least I think so) at my beck and call. There is so much detail in a butterfly murrini, I am not sure I even have the guts to try and tackle it. So let just say, I am rather impressed. Here is a marble on ebay with the new swallowtail butterfly murrini. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.