(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)
–E. E. Cummings
The past week in the Texas hill country was one of noticing new life in progress: two pairs of scissortail flycatchers flying in front of me as they pursued their nesting activities; a glimpse of their cousin, the brilliant vermilion flycatcher intent on his own breeding rituals; a tiger swallowtail butterfly casing the garden before a late season cold front chased him back into shelter.
I spied new leaves unfurling on this gregg’s mistflower.
Soon it will attract groups of butterflies as it did these queens last year:
Other hopeful signs of butterflies to come are the blooms of this tropical milkweed I put into a planter a few weeks ago:
In the pastures and along the roadways, native antelope horn milkweed is showing off its unique orange-size blooms:
(Monarch butterflies rely on milkweeds as both a food source for caterpillars and a nectar source for the adult butterfly. Monarchs need all the help they can receive these days, so I try to do my part. Check out this wonderful site for lots of info about monarchs: www.texasbutterflyranch.com. I’m planning to head to an IMAX theater soon to see the film Flight of the Butterflies, which shows the incredible beauty of these creatures as they migrate and overwinter in Mexico.)
Yesterday morning I watched a brand new white tail fawn nursing, his momma gently encouraging him with little bumps to his behind with her nose. He’ll soon be old enough to be left in a protected spot while momma grazes elsewhere, telling him to stay put, like the fawn pictured at the top of the page.
Today bees worked the culinary sage, quietly going about the business of their lives and making sure other life goes on as well.
So many kinds of yes.
Complete the following: Such a ____________ and such a _____________ I never knew.
What new life in progress is going on outside your door?