. . . on my front porch,
Yep, I made some coffee and went and sat on my front porch all day long.
ALL day, I'm not kidding you!
I listened to the mockingbirds sing, and argue a little with one another.
I watched a little mouse, scavenge for acorns that fell from my Oak tree.
I brought out my Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillar and watched him eat Fennel.
I did bring my camera, of course, and took some pictures . . .
. . . but mostly I just relaxed.
And this is my little swallowtail caterpillar. He surely doesn't like to be bothered though. I'm excited to watch this one grow as he will look nothing like this before he pupates.
I have some African Daisies I haven't planted yet, so I brought them to the front porch for a little photo shoot . . . this was the evening light and it was just so gorgeous!
As you know, I really love a shallow depth of field, sometimes to where the subject is barely in focus. The above and below photos have no textures, just cropped.
On this one I used KimKlassenlove texture and one from Nancy at a Rural Journal NC_L131, both ever so subtly.
I guess I just needed a day, or maybe I need a week....to just chill after my boy has gone back to school full time and we're not running to the doctor several times a week. He is doing really well, but trying to catch up with a months worth of work when you are in High School is no easy feat for sure. And trying to get back in shape (read muscles) for Spring ball (football), (serenity now!). His inflammation markers are all continuing to trend downwards, I just hope that once we cut back on med's that his body will sustain back to normal inflammation markers or we will have to make decisions on a whole new class of drugs I'm not thrilled about....AT ALL!
If you follow me on instagram you know I'm now what my son calls a "Monarch Farmer", oh yes, I currently have 18 caterpillars, and 2 chrysalis, and have had 4 butterflies already eclose. I'm constantly on the run to the nursery for more milkweed...I'm going to go broke, haha! Check back soon, as I am going to start a series on this incredible adventure, I just have sooo many photos to go through and some videos to figure out...and a little relaxing still to do! ;) In my defense though, I did clean some toilets yesterday!
Until then, Happy Tuesday my friends!