We had a beautiful sunny afternoon, today. The rain is gone, the wind died out, and we had 52°F (11°C). It was comfortable enough to take a walk with a hoodie or a light jacket. Sara and her friend wanted to go to the playground, so they rode with their bikes way ahead of me. I walked slow to take all the nice Autumn beauty in, before I caught up with them. While Sara was still playing, I took the circle around the block to capture more photos. And by the time, I’ve got home, the kids were sitting on the front porch. The waxing gibbous Moon rose in the sky. And the Sun was ready to set.
Today, I’ve got more blooms for Sara’s garden. She asked me earlier, if we could get some more milkweed for her, so she might have a good chance to raise Monarch butterflies. Well, the Monarch migration to Mexico began last month. And soon we will see them flying through our neighborhood. Monarchs love to stop for a good energy boost, and the females lay eggs on the milkweed. Usually that gives us four to six weeks to raise the next generation of Monarchs, and send them on their way to Mexico, where they can overwinter and come back in Spring.
But we’ve also got some goodies for the bees and other pollinators. Sara will get some Purpletop Vervain, Blue Sage, Dill, Garlic, and Thai Basil planted in her garden. I hope, we will have some good blooming in the garden, the first frost hits usually by mid-November.
Tonight, we also have a beautiful clear sky with a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon. Since it is so nice outside, I had to capture a photo and post it. 😉
Happy Flower Garden!
Today was just one of those days, I didn’t feel like doing much. Some days are there for being lazy and do a whole bunch of nothing. But I still went outside to do my daily photography. Kevin found a young toad, when he worked on mulching the west side of the house. A Pearl Crescent butterfly enjoyed some nectar from the blooming Lantana flowers. The Texas sunset was beautiful as always. And I could capture the Moon in some clouds; a very beautiful and dramatic setting, we’ve had this evening.
Oh, I forgot to capture the Moon in it’s First Quarter phase at 5:55 am (CDT). Now, I look at the Moon. And of course it’s a sliver more than the Quarter of this morning. Therefore we are in the Waxing Gibbous phase, this evening.
This evening, we had one “Mocker” sitting so perfectly in the neighbor’s tree, that the Moon was behind the bird and the last rays of the Sun were reflecting in an orange-red shade on its feathers. The Mockingbird sang a song about Spring, warmth, sunshine, mating and probably a couple lines about the rising Moon. I just hope for him, he’s not the Bachelor, that sits in a nearby tree and sings this very same song from 2:30 – 4:00 every morning.