One of the greatest gifts our gardens have to offer is to see who shows up. Right? Does it not cheer you immensely when a different kind of bird is spotted in a backyard tree, building a nest? Or the delight in finding ladybugs helping out with aphids that are invading your roses? Who is not thrilled with finding a butterfly never seen before among our blossoms? And it is even more exciting when we are able to catch the visitor on our cameras and to share on social media! These are some of my favorite moments in the garden and I love sharing those discoveries with all of you here on this blog, on FB and Twitter. (I am just now sorting out Instagram, and can be found at TheKathrynHall, if you would like to follow.)
And so it was very exciting the afternoon a creature I’d never seen before, ever, anywhere, came flitting through the largest of the butterfly bushes in the back garden. It seemed to be a hummingbird, but I knew it was not. Then what was it?? And whoosh, in a few seconds it was gone, and I’d scarcely gotten a view. I did a bit of research and realized it was apparently a hummingbird moth! I’d never even heard of a hummingbird moth before. Have you? In speaking with people it doesn’t seem they are so common, though they do not appear to be endangered I’m happy to report.
And so I wished deeply another would visit, and one afternoon, weeks later, I got my wish fulfilled, as, above the tallest branches of the butterfly bush, among purple blossoms, was the fast moving creature–and, luckily, and I happened to have my iPhone in hand, set to video! I’ve learned in photographing butterflies, how precious these moments are, and I quickly set the video in motion, capturing this dance of this little hummingbird moth. Inspired I used Flipagram to add music, and above you may have already viewed the result!
It captures the moment and allows me to share with all of you to pique your interest. They surely are one of the sweetest visitors to my garden, and I hope for more.
What are some of the unexpected visitors to your garden that brighten your day?
Love and garden blessings,
Book News: A new review of Plant Whatever Brings You Joy has just appeared in Readers’ Favorite Book Review. And an excerpt from my book will appear in the winter issue of GreenPrints Magazine. I want to extend a sincere thank you to all who have taken the time to post reviews of my book on Amazon. Each one is a treasure and it makes such a difference in letting others know of your love for the book. Thank you! xoxo
Posted on October 2nd, 2016 by Kathryn
Filed under: Animals