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.
Alcohol inks and gel pens on photo paper 8×10 inches
Flowers peek through morning mist
Seek the sun’s first ray
Secret smiles upon their faces
Anticipate the day
alcohol ink on yupo paper
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Alcohol ink number 2
5 x 7 inches on yupo paperj
Where the Wildflowers Grow
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
The creative Toni has awakened! Spring maybe? After a dormant winter I have discovered a medium I’m very excited about. It’s alcohol inks. They are not new on the market. My friend Bettye found them years ago and she made beautiful art with them. I resisted then. Now I’m finding the brilliant colors and soft flow fascinating. It’s like control without control. YouTube has endless tutorials and I highly recommend that you buy a few bottles and just play!
Rounding the Many Circles of Life
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Some very dear friends recently lost a daughter. I cannot imagine what they are going through. They asked that we light a candle for her. Every light in the world helps. It may seem like a small gesture in a vast universe but you would be surprised at the outcome if everyone in the world shared more of their light.
Candles are lit
People trying to make sense of it.
Old or young
It matters not
This current life is all you’ve got
To cry and grieve
Loved ones gone and more to leave
Life is gifted
Bad and good
Maybe you shouldn’t maybe you should
Take each day
Like a power shot
Live in the moment it’s all you’ve got!
After another great day of hiking and photographing we headed to Bell Rock for sundown. We hiked up and had a powerful meditation. I played my new flute that I bought at High Spirits Flutes in Patagonia. The vortex there is very powerful!
We went to dinner with a glass of wine and waited for dark. It is so beautiful and soooo dark. I have been trying to get a star photo forever. The photographer at Rollie’s Camera in Sedona gave me some tips and told me a good location. Lynn is the best friend ever as she patiently waited in the cold while I played. I was so happy with my results. What a fabulous way to spend the last night!
Yes Carl Sagan you are correct, billions and billions of stars! Isn’t the cosmos grand?