I was walking the beach this morning and a larger shell caught my eye. I walked over to it and you can imagine my surprise when I got close. I have heard of message in a bottle but never seen message in a shell. I made a photo and left it there for the next person to read. I always wonder where things come from, where they have been, and why I happen upon them when I do. Interesting!
I haven’t been working in my art journal as much as I thought I would. The artist happy cards are a quick art fix. Thursday I glued some shells in my journal and added some doodles. It’s a happy beach page.
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
High above the land
Tiny ants in the sand
No interaction, only observation.
Where do they come from
Where will they go
I don’t know
Make no assumptions, only observation.
He did this, she does that
THEY made me….
Don’t take it personally, only observation.
High above the land, ants in the sand.
Wears Valley, Tennessee
Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains
Sunlight through the trees
Warm gentle breeze
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
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