I don't know whether you get to see hummingbird moths during the summer but here in my garden they come during the cooler months. And what a joy it was to see one on my lantana a week ago. It was never still, so photographing it was difficult. I simply kept clicking.
Last year, there were three kinds, I mean, in three different colours. The bright green was the prettiest. The other two were in drab green and in brown, just like the one in the picture. How wonderful that blogging helps you remember the minutest details, just because of the fun you had posting the same!
Maybe I'd have got better photos... but this butterfly who lives near the lantana kept flying straight to the moth as I snapped away. Wish I'd taken a photo of the collisions but I was so bent on getting good shots of the moth that I thought about it only after the moth had flown away!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau