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.
Blooms of yellow and gold
Days of spring unfold
Alcohol ink and pen on yupo paper 5 x 7 inches
copyright 2018 Toni Hooper
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
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!
Stagnant pond, ethereal blue
What secrets can we learn from you?
Are you a silent portal to worlds below?
Or will the sun shine down, and ever so slow
Gently take you back to heaven?
Copyright Toni Hooper 2017
Zentoni five changed color again! I used the brown fine point Sharpie on this one. Notice this piece has a border. I started with that thought in mind. Confine the piece. Put all the squiggles and lines INSIDE the rectangle. Keep it contained. Is that what we tend to do to ourselves sometimes? We confine ourselves, limit ourselves to our so called comfort zone. We suddenly find that thoughts inside our bubble become crowded and chaotic. It’s hard to make any sense out of it. Today, try expanding beyond those limited thoughts and beliefs. Get out of your box! See what magic there is beyond those borders.
Vacation: a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation.
I am on vacation with my husband! The Florida beach is not crowded this time of year. It’s quiet and there’s not a lot to do. That’s what we like. Sometimes you just have to take a break from the world and create your own private, quiet, make believe world. I think that’s healthy. Great for the mind, body and soul. Connect with Mother Earth and connect with your higher self.
Fascinating, elegant, and mysterious to watch in the water, take a jellyfish out of the water, and it becomes a much less fascinating blob. This is because jellyfish are about 95 percent water.
Lacking brains, blood, or even hearts, jellyfish are pretty simple critters. They are composed of three layers: an outer layer, called the epidermis; a middle layer made of a thick, elastic, jelly-like substance called mesoglea; and an inner layer, called the gastrodermis. An elementary nervous system, or nerve net, allows jellyfish to smell, detect light, and respond to other stimuli. The simple digestive cavity of a jellyfish acts as both its stomach and intestine, with one opening for both the mouth and the anus.