The New Sunflower Moon is tonight, 19th hour, 3rd minute EDT, to be precise. My sunflower garden is growing tall. I expect blooms in a couple of weeks. The bird planted sunflowers have been blooming all summer.
People talk about what they do. I take pictures. I do birds and butterflies, flora and fauna. I am outside as much as possible. I walk. I look at the sky. I am a moon gazer.
I talk about light and depth of field. I talk about birds and butterflies. I talk about clouds, the moon and the stars. I talk about the weather.
It is so very hot I cannot be outside very long. I know it is the middle of August, in the Mid-west. I know every August is hot and humid. I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about tomatoes and vacation. Yet it is the heat I keep referring to. It is the heat that I am seem to be doing.
The Perseid Meteor Shower will peek tomorrow night August 12, 2007. It will be the New Sunflower Moon so the skies will be dark. Some shooting stars will be visible tonight if you can find a dark sky away from light pollution.
I was blog hopping. I was having my popcorn treat. I looked out the office window. One, two, three Tigers! I grabbed the camera and went outside. No shoes. Too hot on the sidewalk! I sat down. They flew all around me. I was in Tiger bliss. That was exciting!
I have to stay in the shade today. I have to drink lots of water.
I am in and out, refilling bird baths and checking the butterflies. All seems fine. It is me that is too hot. It is me that has to go back inside to cool down. The heat wave continues. Forecast is for triple digits into next week.
I fixed a bowl of popcorn. I can watch the birds and the butterflies from the office window.
It was too hot for me to be outside today. By 4pm I needed to be with the butterflies. Too hot or not! I went outside. I walked around the house. I did not see any butterflies. I sat on the front porch and read the mail. I was disappointed. I wanted butterfly time. As I gathered my things in flew the Tiger Swallowtail. He feed in the zinnias that are growing in the front peony bed.
These are the seeds I planted in June. The bed is almost in full shade. I planted the seeds on a whim. Zinnias like full sun. Butterflies like sun. Tiger nectared for ten minutes.
Once again I gathered my things. Before I went inside I looked at these zinnias. Giant Swallowtail had flown in. He sampled each flower.
I walked out into the front yard and looked at these amazing flowers. I felt so grateful to them and to the Swallowtails. In flew Monarch.
Sixteen zinnias, three butterflies, one very happy lady.
I will save these zinnia seed. I will mark them "zinnias that grow in the shade".