From Salem to Friday Harbor

Nature’s pretties come in all sizes, shapes, colors and levels of cuteness and lethalness…

They say—no idea who they might be—that luna moths are difficult to find during the day. My Piano Man and I found two while hiking in Breakheart Reservation. Lucky…

This one was in the middle of a trail. I had to poke it a little to make it fly into the bush. 

This beauty was just there on a tree looking totally stunning. 

I almost stepped on this frog, but the force of its stare froze my foot in midair. 

My Piano Man almost stepped on the slug—twice—f but the force of my screaming, “You’re going to step on a slug!” froze his foot in midair.

The itsy bitsy spider didn’t crawl up the water spout, but it did devour a bug twice its size.

This lady (or gent) was looking super classy walking around the beach in its yellow jacket ;-)

I asked this wee fellow not to pose—natural pictures are much chicer. It gave me a dark froggy look.

The first three pictures are from our trip to Massachusetts, last month. The rest I took yesterday and the day before. Friday Harbor is so alive… Wait until I take a picture of a couple of anthills. I swear they are the size of a New York City apartment. Actually, that’s a lie; they are bigger ;-)

By the way, aren’t “chicer” and “lethalness” wonderful words?

31 comments:

  1. Very beautiful pictures!!! I love the ones of the moths!! I think there have been more moths this year than I have seen in a long time <3

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    1. That might explain our running into two of them!

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  2. I like thinking of your BTW words, together: "chicer lethalness"

    hmmmm - Where, in your text, had you used "lethalness"? Were you testing your reader's attentiveness? Or, is that the promise of another story?

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    1. I've been writing some pretty bloody things, but it was the sight of that spider that did it. It just went for that huge bug, and chomp!

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  3. I've ha several run-ins with Luna moths. I even raised several Luna caterpillars to adulthood (the chrysalis of one is on one of my altars)

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    1. Sweet. I have only seen three in the wild--one at Joshua National Park and the two I showed in this picture.

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  4. Fun post, Magaly! Glad you guys didn't step on anything -- ewwww.

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    1. I know! We kept on saying things like, "It would have made is squishy sound" and stuff like...

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  5. Loved the photos of the fauna you have encountered. I'm with Eliora......lethalness is a lovely Magaly word however....where for art thou lethalness????
    Chicer however makes me itch. Oma Linda

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    1. Maybe in the lethalness of the spider and the bug??? Or the lethalness of the foot on the slug/frog??? We are a lethal species...

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    2. "where for art thou lethalness" LOL The word "chicer" is even difficult to say. I was writing it as joke, then I noticed that spell checker didn't say a thing...

      Definitely the spider, Judy ;-)

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  6. Enjoyed your post...there is so much alive around us that most hikers do not see...

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    1. The woods have so much to offer, it would be a crime to go through it and miss it all...

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  7. oow those moths are glorious!!!..."chicer" is a new one on me, is it a Magaly special? :D XXX

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    1. The moths are indeed precious. And "chicer" is new for both of us. I still don't know how to pronounce it. Whit a ck sound at the end? With a c sound? Hm...

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  8. I just love frogs. All frogs but especially teeny tiny ones. Look how cute he/she is!

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    1. There is a pond closed by and those wee frogs are everywhere. I can't get enough of them. They are sooo cute ;-)

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  9. I love these pictures!! You and your man had a beautiful adventure together, seeing all these creatures ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. We are having a blast. It must be the reason why I'm so exhausted LOL

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  10. lovely snaps of nature, Magaly! Made me smile :) Hope you and Piano Man are doing great! Blessings to you all! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

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    1. We are having a great time. Hope you and the hubby enjoy your weekend, too. Keep on smiling ;-)

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  11. You Moth Poker, you! I miss Luna moths. They used to perch on the side of our house when I lived up in the mountains. What beautiful pictures, and a frog on a rose hip...really? Come on, you had to have put him there. Who gets that lucky with a photo op? Very nice Magaly. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. We don't get many in the city (never seen one there), so I got all excited to run into two. Man! I knew you'd figure out I had to pay the frog ;-D

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  12. Such lovely photos =)

    I also gave you an award
    http://faeriebarista.blogspot.com/2013/09/one-lovely-blog.html

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    1. I think they're gorgeous, too. I love that we found two that look so different ;-D

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  14. I almost had a panic attack when I got to the picture of the yellow jacket. I'm allergic to those. No, for real. Heh. They make me run away! The other ones are perdy.

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    1. I'm allergic, too. But the Little Princess and you would get along famously. You guys can run around screaming at the sight of yellow jackets. She is terrified of them.

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  15. What beautiful moths! Great pics :)

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