the summer day

My husband spotted two Luna Moths the other day. They had just emerged and were drying out.

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I’ve only ever seen one before, despite that fact that we have cherry, willow, and persimmon trees (all of which are host plants), on our property.

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Note the grape-sized persimmon for scale. This is a BIG moth.

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They don’t have mouths and will live only one week.

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I’ve been given 54 years already: what riches. It makes me embarrassed to squander even a moment. I like how Mary Oliver said it: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


27 thoughts on “the summer day

  1. Fabulous post…provocative words…you definitely have a wonderful way with words!! Did they fly away or hang around with the persimmons? Love you! Mom

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  2. Hello Jodi! I just saw you had visited my blog and thought I’d return the call. You had me at the title – Mary Oliver being one of my favourite poets and this particular line is one I use often on paintings or cards – it is such an important thought to have isn’t it! And your Luna moths – how amazing – how wonderful – how short their lives are…….. Nature is like a mad scientist sometimes, but one with an exquisite ability with her paint palette!

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    • You know, I remember the moment I heard that line from her poem; it made me cry. Still does, apparently . . .

      I love how you admire nature’s paint palette – I’ve often thought she’s the only one who can mix green with anything (PURPLE!) and make it look good.

      I’ve seen you on Derrick’s blog and can’t believe I had never seen your blog before – we have so much in common. Thanks so much for the visit.

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