The morning was cool and fresh with a breeze blowing from the east, which means into my face, as I headed downhill towards Meetinghouse Creek. There were no gnats swarming around my head, a big plus in summer, and some new blooms to admire: New Jersey Tea bushes are covered in lacy white flowers today, more than I ever remember seeing, and there are still some Coreopsis spotted throughout the pipeline grasses and leaves. Best of all, I noticed the delicate blooms of Clematis Viorna dangling from low growing vines along the forest edge.
On the way downhill I found some interesting mushrooms, one patch an intense orangey-yellow ones, and a white one still in button stage, also found a dead Luna Moth lying flat on the path. It had obviously been there through some rains as it was still whole, but its pale green wings were already partially disintegrated, where nature doing her job of breaking the moth down and turning it back into earth.
It was fun observing the activity around the slow-moving creek. Bees, beetles, ants, as well as dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies buzzed, hummed and clicked all around me. The most beautiful of all was the male Black-winged Damselfly that flitted about and landed right in front of me. I think he just wanted to show off to somebody. His body was a most shocking turquoise not often found in nature. When he rested on a leaf I could see that he also had a patch of turquoise on his head.
Spent a couple hours messing around and drawing by the creek, then back to the house to begin packing for our vacation. If the house has internet I will post journal entries from the SC lowcountry during the week. Otherwise, check back next Monday!