A Bright Spot In My Day

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She floats in on the warm breeze as I stand on the edge of my forest just enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet. Like a living stained glass window her beautiful wings are the color of a summer sunset. The light breeze gently shakes the the purple flowers spreading the sweet scent into the air. The monarch butterfly patiently explores each of the little floretas she searches for a sweet meal. The sun seems to smile with joy at the fluttering wings as she stirs up the sweet smell while is feeding. She’s only there for a moment before the breeze carries her on to her next stop. But a moment is all it takes to make a day better.

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Ironweed, Honeybees & Staying Warm In Winter

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Outside of my window a cold rain washes away the last of February’s first snow. Even though this winter has been relatively mild it’s still cold enough for a fire in the fireplace and have a cup of coffee while reviewing my archive. The image of the ironweed from early September came up and I thought it was the perfect subjec to bring a little warmth to a gray day.

When I look into the photo I can feel the balmy breeze against my skin and smell the sweetness of the ironweed bloom. The day was warm without being humid. The leaves were just showing the first sign of color. The bees were busy with gathering pollen for that last bit of honey to get them through the oncoming winter. I’m by no means an expert on honeybees but I’ve learned that that don’t actually hibernate in winter. So they have to store enough honey to feed themselves until Spring. Honeybees activity warm the hive with their metabolism so there has to be plenty of fuel for their bodies or their whole colony could die. Fortunately the ironweed is both plentiful and productive for them. The plant itself is considered to be weed and is often cut down as such but in doing so we are removing a resource from the honeybees that pollinate the flowers that produce the fruit and seed that feeds the rest of forest.

As I’m considering the connection between the ironweed and the survival of bees through winter I notice that coffee is gone, the fire is low and its time for me to do a little hibernation of my own.

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Letting Summer Out For A While

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Outside my window is cold and wet. The recent snow only lasted long enough to delay travel and make everything muddy. So I turned to the window in my hand. The one that shows the past and allows me to chose the season that wish to view. I scrolled through the days, weeks and months that were stored in the little black time machine in my hand until I found the one that made me feel warm. As I gaze into the image I can hear the buzz of tiny wings grooming each purple blossom and filling the air with a sweet aroma. Waves of heat emanate from the nearby parking lot as large soaring birds catch the thermals rising from the city. As I mentally step through the window the world around me becomes green and alive and for a few moments it’s Sumner again. The howling winds of winter are replaced with music coming from the open windows of the passing cars. I can feel the soft grass tickle my sandaled feet as approach the purple bloom in an attempt to observe the honeybee at work. She pays no attention to the giant hovering over her as she works. I carefully move the lens into place and “bottle up” the time so that on a cold winter day like today I can let Summer out to play for just a little while.

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A Light In The Darkness

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The Monarch Butterfly glides silently to where the sweet scent of the Ironweed eliminates from the shadows. Delicately, she explores the purple flowers for a sip of nectar. Together they are a bright spot in a darkened world. She playfully skips from plant to plant spreading her beautiful wings for only a moment. A moment was all that was needed to be a light in the darkness.

In the world today we have so much darkness that surrounds us. It is easy to allow it to swallow you up. But the light is there if you look for it. Sometimes we ask why the world has so much darkness in it. I think that the answer is so that the light can be better defined.

Believe it or not, you are that light in someone else’s word. It only takes a moment to share a smile and light their lives. Never forget that what you do matters in this world.

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Encounter With A Living Sunset

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The late summer brings golden rays to the Appalachian Mountains. With the passing of the dog days of summer the cooler days invite us to spend less time inside and more time enjoying God’s creation. The bright pinkish purple of the Ironweed sprinkled in with green forest signals that the seasonal changes are right around the corner. I paused a moment to enjoy some fresh air as I approached the big blue truck. It was the movement that first caught my eye as yet another monarch butterfly crossed my path. The lack of dark spots on the hind wings tells me that this one is a female. She flits and floats about from plant to plant sampling each bloom. Her colors are so rich and bright that it brings to mind the image of a sunset that has come to life. She isn’t bashful and seems to be quite at ease in the lens as she climbs around on the purple blooms trying out different poses for the benevolent giant who stands holding a camera just inches away from the delicate wings. Each pose seemed to be better than the last one and I lost track of the time as I continued to snap photo after photo. When she had had enough she made one last flip into the air and simply sailed away in a single moment. Knowing that she was on her to places where I couldn’t follow I resumed my path to the big blue truck and headed for home with a living sunset in my lens.

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Milkweed

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I come to the conclusion that weeds are just a figment of the imagination. There’s only two types of plants.

1. Those that we know how to use.

2. And those that we don’t know what to do with.

Milkweed actually touches both ends of the scale. It’sgenerally considered a weed because it’s toxic to people, pets and livestock. And while it’s no longer used for its industrial purposes it was considered to be a cash crop at one time. Prior to the development of modern life jackets a sailor’s life may have depended on this underappreciated plant. That was because the seed pods were once used to make tge fillings of life jackets.

Today we recognize the Milkweed as an important host for the Monarch Butterfly. The catipiller feeds exclusively on Milkweed. Special organs in the Monarch Butterfly store the toxins making the Monarch poison to predators. Without the Milkweed there would be no Monarch Butterflies.

Adult Monarch Butterflies feed on a variety of nectar but the catipiller eats only Milkweed.

Those beautiful butterflies that we find visiting a variety of flowers would starve to death without the Milkweed.

I remember when I was a kid how much fun it was to sew Milkweed. The seeds are similar to dandelion in that they’re spread by the wind. My brother and I would break open the pods once they were dry and pretend that they paratroopers landing on D-day. Sure enough that the next Spring new plants would pop up wherever we played. Fortnite might be fancier than the old games but you don’t get Monarchs at the end of Fortnite.

This Fall when you see those dry pods breaking open go ahead and scatter the fluffy seeds inside. Sooner or later you’ll have Monarchs as well as a few others.

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She Works Best Alone

The late summer sun beams down into an abandoned pasture. The Ironweed is tall and tipped with bright purple flowers that seem to resemble a fireworks display frozen in mid burst. The plants sway back and forth as if the breeze is shaking them but there’s no wind today. As I step closer I can hear the constant hum of thousands of tiny winged workers. The bees are too busy collecting the pollen to bother with chasing the photographer. However, I don’t to encroach to far into their workspace. I walked up to the closest flower and the huge carpenter bee doesn’t really react to lens hovering just above her head. She checks each bloom one at a time mentally keeping notes about which ones will be ready tomorrow. Unlike the honeybees she is a solitary bee. She loves her neighbors but avoids the hustle and bustle of a hive. She has only her own brood to care for and she likes it that way. As she gave the flowers one last double check she moved into the right position for me to snap the shutter. I take a few more shots so that I can choose the best ones to keep. Then it’s time to let this working girl get back to business and I take my big blue truck to the next destination.