Long time no write. I looked on here today, and checked the stats, oh no! Did you guys know that if you hardly ever update your blog, people stop reading it?
Summer has been flamboyantly gorgeous on the Central Oregon Coast. It is this time of year that the sheer, undiluted luckiness of living here comes through. The rest of the time you can lose sight of that because of endless wind and rain, but the sparkling gorgeousness of the water reflecting the sky reflecting the water, results in an intenseness of blue that just keeps going and going and going.
The vivid light and color makes everything more colorful. The green leaves of the trees, the light brown stretch of sand, pieces of violet striated mussel shells dotting the shore line. It’s nice to be home.
And it isn’t too hot. While people all over the country hunker down under 90 something weather, at the coast it rarely ever reaches over a breezy 75. Now and again… occasionally; but you could probably count the hot-hot days in the last five years on your fingers.
Been traveling. *grins* We are back home and gearing up for a trip to Yellowstone National Park in the second half of August. I have never been. Kind of excited. While not a photographer, taking pictures of critters brings me a lot of ‘lose yourself’ kind of joy, so I’m hoping we see the Druid Wolf Pack on our early morning tour, and run into lots of the sort of wild things that don’t tend to eat you on our daily hikes.
We’ll see Old Faithful. We’re going to spend a couple days in Jackson Hole. Maybe I’ll see one of my old favorites, Tim Sandlin, hanging out there at the local book store.
Should be fun.
Speaking of pictures of critters…. I got another moth snap. It was such a vivid visitor. It wasn’t on the window, alas, so no mug shot, but oh well.
I took the picture after midnight, coming home from a late screen showing of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’. (Yes, Heath Ledger’s performance is as good as they say, I couldn’t even find him in the character. Eerie, disturbing, mesmerizing: If you have tolerance for twistedness, go see the film.)
The moth is a Garden Tiger Moth, a nocturnal member of the genus Arctia. Many vividly colored creatures are poisonous to predators, and the Tiger Moth communicates its toxicity with the bright orange of the under wings (not shown in picture, check link) and the vivid red color of its body.
I have never seen one of these where I live before. Although they do live in parts of North America, they are more common in Europe. This one was a beaut, quite a bit larger than what Wikipedia figured for the average.
I would have loved to see her fly.