18. July 2018 · Comments Off on Hike Your Own Hike · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

We’re all out there on out own journey, large and small. Thanks to this beetle that paused its passage to pose for me.

20. June 2018 · Comments Off on Semaphoric · Categories: Places · Tags:

Just one in the middle of a vast forest that I saw. What is a signal that isn’t received?

19. June 2018 · Comments Off on The Dancing Moth · Categories: Places · Tags:

No photos for this one. If it returns I’ll put one in here.

In the morning I typically go check the water I leave out for my neighbors. Often the little stock tank is down a few inches, likely from elk coming by at night to get a drink. There was rain here recently, so the birdbath wasn’t as depleted as usual, but there were a few moths and other flying things swamped in the water.

One of the foundered this morning was an awkward sort of moth, narrow and long with an extended narrow head and drooped nose like a Concorde jet, an off-white so it stood out as it lay there on the water like an aviation disaster with its wings sprawled awkwardly.

I took one of the flat pieces of rock I have for such occasions and swept it up and out of the water, then attended to the other refugees before refilling the birdbath and topping off the stock tank. As I brought the hose over, I noticed the the awkward moth was already up and about. It has amazed me in the past how long a tiny moth can survive without dying from hypothermia in that cold water: I’ve come to think that there’s some undiscovered trick involved.

I dumped the birdbath and started refilling it, as I did the awkward moth leapt from the edge of the deck, danced and twirled across my feet, lingering on one briefly for warmth, then took off at a steep vertical angle like an exuberant fluttering arrow towards the sun.

I often feel that I am largely inconsequential. But I’m one dancing moth further from that this morning.

14. June 2018 · Comments Off on Regular · Categories: Places · Tags:

Water is important out here. This one comes by for a drink even when I’m out on the porch, if I stay still.

13. May 2018 · Comments Off on Altitude Adjustment · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

In the 6000’s, which is close enough. And back off the grid. The auxiliary reflection hut with its lovely interior sculpting was constructed from cob.

The scarlet flowers are blooming from prickly mounds among the pinons and junipers.

08. April 2018 · Comments Off on End of the Day · Categories: Places · Tags:
21. March 2018 · Comments Off on Elden Textures · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,

This place is driving me to abstraction.