We were greeted at our campsite in the afternoon by this very friendly squirrel. He was not shy at all. I gave him some grapes which he devoured. I offered him a strawberry and he turned his nose up and just sat looking at me. I offered him a grape tomato and still nothing. I found he had a taste for Asiago flatbread chips! These he loved. I watched as he turned the chip around munching on the edge. He seemed to be smiling with delight. He’s by far the fattest and most friendly we have. Heather said he reminded her of the smiling Buddha so that’s his name. He’s come to visit every afternoon usually around three. He’s never come in the morning. I don’t know if he’s sleeping late or just making his rounds.
Oh I forgot to mention that he’s very neat! After each grape or chip he cleaned his mouth. Maybe he was just cleansing his pallet between flavors!
And flies fly,
Why can’t I?
Alcohol ink and mixed media on yupo paper
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
We went into Gatlinburg to see our timeshare at Laurel Point. Our building was destroyed in the fire. Robin and Robbie waited outside while we went in to the office. We couldn’t have been inside more than 10 minutes. When we came out Robin had captured this photo while a bear leisurely strolled past the pavilion! Later that night I made a night sky photo. If you look closely in the upper middle of the photo you can see the Big Dipper, also known as Ursa Major, the big bear.
Note: Dan and I are now in Myrtle Beach. The bear sighting happened last week in Smoky Mountains. Slow internet or slow blogger?
We went to Circle E ranch for a family weekend over Memorial Day. It was a great time for all. On Monday morning this beautiful Luna Moth had landed right outside the cabin door. I have never seen one. They are beautiful and delicate creatures. I found the info below and thought I would share this rare opportunity. Look closely at the delicate antennae of this lovely, short lived creature.
A luna moth emerges from its cocoon with not long for this earth. The average lifespan is a week, during which time they have no means to eat (no mouths). Their week (and life) goal is simple: to reproduce. To make love, the strongest of human emotions.
Many observers believe this to be a reminder of the importance of ceasing the day. Live and love to the fullest and enjoy every experience that gets thrown your way. That’s as the luna moth does.
Luna moths are a beautiful member of the animal kingdom, with the unique patterns across their wings marvelled by enthusiasts worldwide.
Encounters with luna moths are rare, so any time they bless us with their presence is not only a thrill, but a time for reflection.
With such a short livespan, many believe the luna moth appears to individuals to remind them to remove themselves from life’s petty problems. Your lifetime is only short – forget about what is stressing and concerning you and focus on being loving to others.
A Symbol of Protection and Success
The striking patterns of the luna moth are directly related to its symbolism. These patterns across the wingspan provide protection to luna moths against common predators, including owls and bats. This protection against a formidable foe serves as an opportunistic time to challenge anything you’re struggling to overcome.
As sightings are rare, the protection symbolism is seen as being sporadic. This is something we should aim to capitalise on, with the sighting of the enigmatic moth believed to bring success against foes.
We would like to introduce you to Brigid the bison. She joined us at Wall Drug in Walk South Dakota. She took her first plane ride to Nashville from Rapid City SD. This is her first official Thelma & Louise adventure.
She really enjoyed looking out the Southwest plane window
Today she went to the gem and mineral show and then we took at drive up to Mt. Lemmon and Sabino Canyon. It was beautiful. It’s about 20 miles out of Tucson. Brigid has quite a thrilling day. Look for more photos!
Friday we drove back over Teton Pass to the park. There is still a bit of snow up there.
Coulter Bay on Jackson Lake was gorgeous. Above is Lynn looking for rocks. Imagine that!
On the way back there was a traffic jam which usually means an animal sighting. This time it was down an embankment, a mom grizzly and two cubs! Lynn stopped the car and I jumped out to join the crowd. I caught a glimpse of them through the trees. If you look closely you can barely see the dark fur.
We stopped in Jackson for a bite to eat at the Merry Piglets, then back for a fire and wait for it to get dark to see the stars. By the way it doesn’t get really dark until 10:00.
We left Gardiner and took a leisurely drive to Victor,ID. We have a great house there. Below is the view from our back yard. Those peaks in the distance are the Grand Tetons.
We took off to Jackson and Grand Teton Park where a floating raft ride was waiting. There was snow on the mountains and it was beautiful. Unfortunately photos I made were on the Canon so I can’t wifi upload, sorry. It was a cloudy day but still the mountains were breath taking.
We took a 10 mile raft float down the Snake River. Quite an
experience. It was a first for me. Weather was a little chilly but we were prepared. We saw, elk, a moose, a bald eagle and various beavers. Lynn is becoming quite the videographer. You will see her work later.
In these photos you can see the bald eagle, the elk and the moose hiding in the grass. I now know it’s not easy to make photos from a moving raft!
It’s another gorgeous day in Victor and we are off the Tetons again. It’s 54 degrees at the house, perfect for hiking in the mountains. Ansel Adams and her crew are off again.