What a thrill to find two Luna moths today at the Marshall Butterfly Pavillion in Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix AZ. Four of us visited the Garden this morning, and as always discovered new and beautiful and amazing forms of life. The Luna moths were spectacular. Stunning. Breathtaking. And what a short life span they have. Adults have vestigial mouthparts and do not feed. Therefore, they are short-lived. You can find some beautiful photos at this site. And lots of scientific information here. Wikipedia has a combination of information and excellent graphics.
I just couldn't resist taking time from editing, playing with the cats, and killing weeds to edit a few more pictures from my visit to Desert Botanical Garden earlier this week. I'm thrilled that one of my visitors has decided to pay the garden a visit as a result of seeing my photos. The Chihuly exhibit is truly amazing, at many levels. First picture shows long-time friend Ev Bell, from Bellingham, who was looking up at some marvelous Chihuly work overhead, followed by orange glass balloons and some magnificent glass colors and shapes arranged in a rowboat.
Martha Retallick & I visited Desert Botanical Garden today. This time I focused more on using my telephoto lens. Here are several pictures, including two of Chihuly glass, and one of a ground squirrel.
This morning, Janet Crook and I were chauffeured by my brother, David Crook, to the Arizona Center for Disability Law, located at the Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona, Janet and I met with Peri Jude Radecic, Kris Stocking, Elaine Timmins, and Gretchen Jacobs. We had a productive meeting and a tour of the new offices, then headed for home. David picked us up after having spent a couple of hours at Desert Botanical Garden. Below are several photos he took. When I saw the snake heads, I couldn't help but say, "Telephoto lens?" "Always," he said. Whew.