Friday, 26 July 2013

Sphinx on phlox, not in sox

I find it hard to let go and worry that I have not done something today. But, then, getting up and out in the dawn has led to some amazing sights. Two days ago it was something that looked like a long, black mink or weasel. Buster was busy defending his property against a calico cat that appeared on our back deck. You know that cat howl in the dark!
I'm glad he didn't go after it, whatever it was.
White-lined sphinx on phlox

You take the opportunities.
I do adore getting up in the night, having had a date with Mr. Insomnia, and going outside to take a photo in the dark. I now see insomnia as an opportunity, rather than a burden. I have no alarm clock that controls my life. I can be sick and read or watch TV all day, should I wish. Theoretically, guilt-free.

They couldn't fathom Buster, in the dark,
on the cement steps rolling around,
while they were kept indoors.
I slept in until 9:30 this morning. Very strange. Hubby tiptoed about in the kitchen. I've just begun processing my photos of last night's shoot. With the cold and dark, the mosquitoes were few and far between, and the deerflies prefer the hot sun. The daytime dragonflies were sleeping.

An elusive moth I've been trying to capture, a large White-lined sphinx, has been appearing in the night. Not really elusive, but too fast for these eyes framed in graduated lenses. They are tricky when trying to see the critter through the view finder. With many clients who have developed glaucoma, I do not complain. Each life passage is an adjustment, mostly to my prescriptions!

This spider was eating dinner on the
living room window.
I've been trying to photograph the sphinx on my phlox. There has to be a poem there! (I'll work on that!)

Sphinx on phlox, not in sox
Slippers sure, cold feet cure
Lens in hand, please please land
Cats they peer, eyes of fear
Mum does what? she's a nut
Cold night quest, much success!

Like the Underwing family, there are colours hidden
when they sit with folded wing

You can see its proboscus

Wee little legs!

They flit, buzz, hover, like hummingbirds. Buster took a whack at one but, thankfully, missed.

White-lined sphinx on phlox

Sphinx moth in the dark from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
A sphinx moth, difficult to photograph, sucking up the nectar. Buster was nearby, rolling on the cool cement steps. Kittens were supportive in the window!
Last year I managed a photo of other sphinx. They are the size of hummers!
Sphinx chersis
Great ash sphinx

Sphinx chersis
Great ash sphinx
Xylophanes tersa Tersa Sphinx

Paonias excaecata
Blinded sphinx


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
No doubt about it, your my kinda lady! Insomnia, I have decided, is my friend. It's the only way to deal with it. It's amazing how creative one can be in the wee small hours. Congrats on obtaining some good shots of the flittery one! YAM xx

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, gorgeous, Jenn!
I understand that guilty feeling. Mine has never gone away, and I've been sick for 20 years. Long story. But I have someone coming to help in a few minutes, so I should get out of my nightie and into some clothes.

Red said...

You had better have more insomnia because you got some great pictures at night.

Kay said...

Wow! I'm really impressed with these photos! They are so very interesting.

Judy said...

While those of us not blessed with insomnia seldom realize there are moths of that size flying about in the night...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've been retired for about a million years and still feel a little guilty on the rare occasions when I sleep late like that...usually after a date with that same guy. Did you know he'd been two-timing you?