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Seasonal Complaints

A few haiku and tanka that I was working on while watching Monday’s snow and ice. I prefer cool weather, but even I’m tired of winter at this point!

Snowflakes plop, ice tings.
The disgruntled molting of
a sullen season.

snow falls like feathers
dances like cherry blossoms
and coldly mocks spring

Inky sky, bright moon,
the luminous fields of snow-
ice on black branches.
Light and dark hold winter fast,
spring brings shades and is welcome

rain taps in Morse code
trees shiver and robins fluff
green willow whispers
the crocus pokes through dead leaves,
saffron anthers sniff for spring

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It looks like this one is called a paper kite, so one identified.

 

 

Anybody know the species of this brightly colored butterfly?

Anybody know the species of this brightly colored butterfly?

I had a slightly early Spring/ really late is Winter over yet celebration with friends this weekend and went to a butterfly conservatory. It was a beautiful place, and totally distracting, somewhere between a photographer’s dream and nightmare.

 

I’m still trying to identify these species so if you know what they are please give a shout! I’d like to know names beside those fast little suckers, the bright ones that like to pose and the I looked up species common to conservatories and found a few names but not all.

 

At least this one sat still for the photos. Butterfly cameo I made from upcycled paper then wire wrapped.

At least this one sat still for the photos. Butterfly cameo I made from upcycled paper then wire wrapped.

Since it’s the first day of Spring (well, night already now) it seemed worth mentioning what the Vernal Equinox is. (Other than the day we tentatively take our scrapers out of the car and put them in the trunk as we hope to start the progressions towards more sun and less shoveling in the Northern Hemisphere.)

 

Haven't figured the identity of this one either.

Haven’t figured the identity of this one either.

 

The word equinox comes from the Latin for equal and night, so we tend to say it’s the date where day and night are the same length. The way our atmosphere bends light makes the day appear a little longer than the sun is over the horizon.

 

My photos of the Blue Morphos turned out terribly. They close their wings when feeding, and while the brown eyespots are fascinating they have nothing on the brilliant labradorite sheen of their open wings. So have a morpho blue colored labradorite until I can go back for more photos!

An equinox is when the Earth’s equator faces the sun directly, rather than at an angle. So speaking of equality, it’s also the only time when the North and South Hemispheres get equal amounts of light. Makes sense when you think about it, the Earth is facing the Sun head on.

 

I’ll point you over to EarthSky for more in depth information and explanation!

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