I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, October 5, 2018

Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Hi, everyone! This morning was still, and sunny, and hot, a late summery day.  When I looked out at the ocean to see what the dredgers were up to, and to check my flowers for migrating monarch butterflies, I was thrilled to again have a visit from the hummingbird who has discovered my zinnias. She came and went, mostly stayed for quite a long time, as I stood frozen, not wanting to scare her away. I am saying ''she'' because I didn't see the red throat feathers that the male Ruby Throated Hummingbird displays. [Tho of course it could be a different blue and green species, migrating by  the ocean edge.] Later she visited again, as I was inside cooking and Mo was sunning on the deck. What a thrill.

The past few weeks have been filled with also migrating Monarch butterflies. They seem to love the flowers when the inner section bursts into a tiny yellow crown of flowers. [so deadheading is limited.] They aren't shy and allowed photos!

Monarch butterflies migrate  each fall, just like birds. They travel to either Mexico and/ or S. California. HERE

Fall is also when the dahlias come into full beautiful bloom. These are third year supermarket 2 for 5.oo bulbs, finally growing big and producing many blooms. I save the bulbs each Fall, replant in May. This dahlia was originally deep red, it has reverted to smaller but pretty plum-red and white .


Mo and I  have been peeking at the beach. He likes to get a drink from the public foot shower at the beach entry. I taught him this summer, he learned fast. It's by his bench he loves.

I got a new phone. It's wonderful, the camera is much better, so pictures here should be improving. But it has taken so much time all week to reload and update apps and contact lists; relocate or redo passwords etc. Not done at all, sigh.  I did not sew at all, I don't think. I do miss my sweet and pretty old iPhone 5, but it was dying. Onward with the new.

have a good weekend!

Mo visiting the
 Montauk or Shasta daisies that bloom in fall.



gone to the beach...

This was a fair on the beach last week. To get there was too circuitous, so Mo and I just peeked over the fence. It looks so fun, I adore fairs and rides, though too chicken to  go on most. I bet the view from the ferris wheel was amazing.