Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Haunted Halloween

They say, that in the midnight hour,
on the Eve of Halloween

The disembodied have the power

To wander seen, unseen

Up the wizened oaks

And across the fairy stream

They glide through still

And solemn places

With pale, cold, mournful faces
To dream...

Wishing you a happy, h a u n t e d Halloween!

Text modified from Midnight and Moonshine by William Motherwell.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dragonfly Dreams

I live in the middle of suburbia.
A land of sidewalks, paved driveways and every now and then
a teensy, tiny greenspace.

We looked long and hard to find our house
and chose it because of its12,000 square foot lot
 in a well-treed neighbourhood.

But, was I going to find dragonflies here?
Of course not...
That is, until I planted my garden
and they began to visit

Even then, a dragonfly pond?
Can you even build one just for dragonflies?

It turns out, you can :)

It took us a few years of experimenting and educating ourselves
before we recognized the Pond Dragons (dragonfly larvae)
that scuttled along the muddy bottom of the water.

This is the first year I saw them emerge...
from my pond...
my Dragonfly Pond.
I am over the moon and beyond happy.

In the first photo:
I rescued a dragonfly from the rising pond water.
Its wings had not yet hardened enough
for it to fly away.

In the second photo:
Something twinkling in my apple tree caught my eye.
It turned out to be a dragonfly drying its wings
in the sunlight.

In the final photo:
- Best of all -
I witnessed several dragonflies
laying their eggs in the moss near the water
which means...
more dragonflies will be born in
Dragonfly Pond!

Dragonfly dreams do come true :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Onward To October

October began today with a quick change of weather
plunging us instantly into Autumn.

At the end of last month,
we were equally awed and spooked
by a Blood Moon caused by the lunar eclipse
on September 27th.

Since then, we have been treated,
to glowing red skies and

with such a profound glow
that their colours seep into my windows
drawing my eyes, like a magnet,
to the sky.

Even the flowers,
long since having lost their petals
but eager to join in the celebrations 
have taken to catching the last light of day
in their seedy legs
causing all kinds of eerie patterns
for me to capture.

For now, I'm enjoying every red moment :)

And before we know it,
Halloween will be here!