It is a tradition, not long standing, but now a three year tradition. For the past three years I have gone to a pumpkin patch with my friends, the M’s. They have two adorable kids. If you follow this blog you see lots of photos of Jackson and now he has a baby sister. This year also the F family joined in the fun. The day was windy, dry and dusty. Not the prettiest but the photos are really some of my favorites, conjuring up images from the early twentieth century.
Did you know that the Spider Lily is not a member of the Lily family? It is actually a member of the Amaryllidaceae family, also known as the Amaryllis family. The Spider Lily is more directly related to Daffodils than Lilies. This lovely plant resides in my neighbor’s yard. I have been watching it for a few weeks and the other morning the light was just right to get up close and personal with this lovely.
From this past week at sunrise a cold front blew through complete with thunder, rain and falling leaves. Beautiful light over the lake!
A collective set of photos taken the past week or so…
This morning I witnessed Nibbles the cat catch in his mouth a flying being. When I saw this poor winged thing on the door step I thought, “did you bring me a hummingbird moth?” It was not a moth or butterfly but an actual hummingbird. I couldn’t believe it! I was a bit distraught because the poor thing was in shock, breathing heavy. From having experienced this type of cat present before and getting knowledge from Walden’s Puddle, a local wildlife rescue, I located a little box. Then I gathered some newspaper and scooped up the little bird and put her/him in a quiet, cat free place in the box. About 30 minutes later I went to check on the bird and when I touched him he turned his head back toward my finger. I knew he would be okay. Got out my camera and took some photos and with a little assistance the little bugger made a shriek and flew away to a tree. Probably won’ t leave the tree for awhile. Anyway here he is just before he left his temporary nest. Never before have I been this close to a hummingbird. He is absolutely beautiful. His body is maybe two inches long with a wing span of about five inches. Such a soft, sweet little miracle. Thank you Nibbles and thank you for not really harming him.
Related to the Morning Glory, this beauty blooms when the moon comes out and stays open until the sun is too bright. Each blossom opens only once to a spectacular star shaped, soft, white, pillowy flower. In the beginning it starts as a sculptural bud with the look of the staircase at the Vatican Museum. Once it blooms it falls upon itself turning brown and falling off the stem with stamen still in tact. If you are lucky you will see the Sphinx Moth, aka the Hummingbird Moth, pollinating this sweet smelling, gorgeous vine. One night at dusk I saw at least twenty of these workers making magic. Sadly, I was without camera and when I went back the next night only one showed up briefly. I will not give up!
Wedding celebrations are few and far between for me. This just makes those few that I accept so much more special. Months ago Anna’s sister, Wendy, wrote me and asked if I was interested in shooting Anna’s wedding in September. You see three years ago I photographed Wendy and Will’s wedding and this year they have been blessed with an adorable child. I really enjoy this family and their friends. The majority of the guests were from across the pond. Their closest friends camping in really nice RV’s on the family farm. So many super cool details thanks to the work of Elizabeth James, Nashville’s premier wedding and event planner.