Back to The Holler expecting hum-drum….but no, The Holler hates hum-drum, so look who chaired the welcoming committee!
Isn’t he a beaut! He’s been hanging around here. His wingspan clocks in at almost exactly 5 inches.
He’s a Ceanothus Silk Moth. His larvae feeds on the wild lilacs (ceanothus) that grow all over Hollerdom.
The adults fly at The Holler in January and do not feed. This is the first one I have ever seen.
If you’re feeling winter weary, here’s a couple of clicks of the tropics to warm you up!
This traditional Polynesian Canoe House is built to catch the tropical breezes and is amazingly cool even on morbidly hot tropical days. Remember Frost saying, if the world ended in fire or ice, he’d “go with those who favor fire?” He is one of my favorite poets, but he must not have spent much time in the tropics. The heat and humidity can get to you, just like the ice and cold.
This big guy is aptly named a unicorn fish. He can grow up to two feet in length and seemed curious and unafraid.
Flying away from paradise. Check out the surf on the fringing reef!
Cheers to you (and stay warm) from the rarely ho-hum Holler~
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Incredible captures! I have enjoyed my journey but I am happy you will be getting a break from the humidity and heat.
Thanks much! I wouldn’t actually want to live in the tropics, but it certainly is worth a long visit!
Love that fabulous butterfly, but not sure about that unicorn fish. Eek!
It’s a face only a mother could love! 😉
Klasse Fotos. Wolfgang
Vielen danke Wolfgang!!! <3
Lovely picture as usual and I do like a fish with its hat on. 🙂
Well, you do like hats Graham! 😉
LOL. I hadn’t thought of that. I wonder what gave it away. 🙂
Love there moth! All the photos are beautiful!
Awwww, thank you Timothy!
Robert Frost spent quite a bit of his adult life in NH. Being in NH today, I think I’d choose fire too!
Oh yes, and beautiful pictures as usual!
Yes, he did. My parents lived there. Severe cold is downright scary, but fire scares me more!
You are a gifted photographer, Cindy, you must have spent hours to perfect your craft, congratulation, Cindy. The photographs are beautiful.
You have become a dear friend Ranu. Cheers to you!
These are stunning shots! Beautiful photography x
I love bloggers! Thank you very much~
Always a pleasure my lovely friend x
Stunning photos! I’m missing the South Pacific as I view your photos. Unicorn tangs are just beautiful fish! After the blizzard we’ve had, these photos are chicken soup for the weary!
I was hoping it would warm up the frozen! And yes, Unicorn Fish are closely related to Tangs and Surgeon Fish~
I used to import saltwater fish and live coral from Jakarta and juvenile unicorns would occassionally show up. Unlike yellow tangs and other small tangs, these would grow too large for most aquariums. After a while, I stopped importing altogether and started a captive program for corals. I figured it was best to leave these beautiful creatures in the natural home.
Love that first photograph–it’s so sharp. I can see the”fur” on the moth’s wings, can see every frill on its antenna.
The details of insects fascinate me. Thank you for noticing~
It seems I have missed incredible natural beauty in your recent posts dear Cindy.
Love the blues in your last Atoll photo ! Cheers to you too,have a splendid time 🙂 <3
Wonderful to hear from you and you are right, The Pacific surely is The Big Blue!
What an interesting fish! I have never seen one before. Thank you once again for transporting me to another place, a place that look full of peaceful energy and relaxing days. Lucky lucky💖
Thank you more for the kind appreciation!
Boy, life is rough! 😉
Well it is actually, sooner or later, for everyone, but it helps a lot to catch the beauty while you can. Cheers to you my friend~
True…what an interesting response.
That unicorn fish is wild! 🙂
I was like? What in the world is this? Thank God for google! 😉
I love nature. It can be really cool at times. 😊
Stunning captures, just beautiful, particularly that Unicorn Fish who was SO cool! Safe travels home – may you and your luggage be on the same flights 🙂
Oh yes indeed! One needs the baggage…..on a trip at least! 😉
The butterflies are exquisite, Cindy, gorgeous photos 🙂
Moths are interesting. I never thought I would see one like this at The Holler! More like what one would expect in the exotic tropics. But nope, it’s a Holler Loc!
I was convinced it was a butterfly, but then something made me double check and sure as eggs, it’s a moth – splendid – never seen one like this before 🙂
He sure is…just amazing! entirely gorgeous …Im so envious! Enjoy 🙂
I would not want to live permanently in the tropics. The humidity is a challenge. Wounds don’t heal, everything is just so fecund!
No place like home. Enjoyed your island get away.
So glad you did and cheers to you!
Amazing Cindy! Thanks for the heat 😀
Very glad to provide a little warmth on a cold, cold day!
aren’t butterflies great! I can’t wait for spring when they play in the air again.
They are! I can’t wait for spring when they come out in force at The Holler!
Cindy, I watch nature documentaries avidly, and yet your photographs keep introducing me to things I’ve never heard of or seen in any book or on any program. Thank you for keeping wonder in my world. Thank you for “the unicorn fish”!
Awwwwww, so kind. People like you are why I blog my friend. Cheers to you and I watch those documentaries too!
Wonderful photos, and what incredible moths!
Two times in my life I have found incredible moths where I live. Both different species and the first time I wasn’t taking photos. The first one shouldn’t have been in this area. It was native to Central America. Maybe it hopped on a ship or something. I wish I got his photo~
I’m falling in love with the Big Blue through your beautiful posts! Ooooh the butterfly, I’m speechless. Thank you for bringing nature beauty to us, Cindy!
Visa versa 2 U X 2 Amy! <3
Cindy, it is nice to get away, but nothing like home, sweet home. Wishing you a nice week! Hugs! Veraiconica
Thank you Veraiconica, I am glad to be home! Hugz back 2 U!
I love all the pics especially the moth. And yes your tropical pics were perfectly timed. I just came in from snowshoeing in 8 deg F weather along the lake where it felt much colder and found this beauty and warmth waiting for me. Thanks.
Yes, that is nippy! I bet it was beautiful though, and so glad to send you a bit of tropical heat! Cheers to you Colleen~
I’d never heard of a Unicorn fish, and that moth is stunning! Glad you’re back home, safe and sound. I know what you mean about the heat and humidity, having lived in the south for several years; but, oh, I do miss sparkling sandy beaches and SUNSHINE, ha!
Yes “sparkling beaches and sunshine” are pretty hard to beat. I haven’t spent enough time in the south. I’ve only been to New Orleans, but I get the idea of the steamy humidity. My husband lived in Chapel Hill and he used to run daily in it~
Beautiful silk moth – they are so amazing both in form and in flying – “what is that thing coming toward me?” And your last pics of paradise. Do you miss it? As beautiful as it is, I really don’t enjoy extreme heat or humidity, so that helps me feel less jealous! 😉
Yes, don’t feel jealous, I just don’t tend to focus on negatives, but our first week was somewhat challenging really, in that the accomodations were difficult. Some young blogger told me once, “Oh I wish I had your life.” No you don’t, I told her, I’m twice as old as you and I don’t focus on hard stuff, doesn’t mean it isn’t there…….She knew it was true!
SubhanAllah & Beautiful !
Awwww, so pleased! Thank you~
That is just what the doctor ordered. You had a good long stay there. Are you sure you want to come home?
Yes, glad to be home! Paradise is never really paradise after all, it’s just more a change of scenery! 😉
It was so beautiful there. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds like it was a great trip, and also great to be home. Love that welcoming committee! 🙂
And lovely photos, as always….
Thanks Jet, wonder where you are going next! Can’t wait to see~
The silk moth was certainly nice way to get a welcome home. Your unicorn fish looks like a painting….beautiful!
Both of them were super happy suprises to me. I had no idea what they were. It’s fun to see new creatures, great and small. Thank you google!
I’m on the committee with the silk moth. Happy homecoming!
Thanks Resa! I trust you will keep me informed about your nomination. I really think you deserve to WIN!!!
Wow… what stunning detail. Amazing. Hugs!
Very happy you enjoyed my friend and cheers to you~
Very beautiful place and pictures. 🙂
Very thoughtful & most appreciated!
That’s a nice welcoming gift. Thanks for the tropical burst; it bitter cold here on the East Coast and windy to make things even more uncomfortable. BUT we have sunshine.
Yay for the sun! That wind chill is wicked and I have seen photos of the snowfall. Incredible. Stay warm & safe~
What a gorgeous moth! I’m with you with regards to heat and humidity and I think it would be much nicer to die in a freezer than an oven.
Absolutely! Plus in the end stages of hypothermia you feel hot anyway and take off your clothes. Death by fire, no thanks!
Awwww, so pleased you enjoyed!
The fish photo is unbelievable…. pure brilliance
He is a fascinating critter isn’t he! Glad you enjoyed my friend~
Now that’s a fish!
He definitely got my attention! 😉
I’m seeing the fish on a small phone screen.. The moth was impressive too:)
Blow that fishy up! He’s better in detail! 😉
Everywhere you go, whether to a faraway paradise on back to the Holler – the adventure follows you!
I was pretty grateful for this exotic moth gift! It is so much fun to google descriptions of critters I do not know and follow the pics to find out what they are. Now google will search for similar images for you which really makes it too easy. I used this once for a “Where in the World is This” photo and felt like I was cheating! 😉
Awww, mil grazi~
The silk moth IS beautiful!!
He was on the screen on the window when we walked in. I couldn’t fathom at first what it was. We get a lot of really odd insects at The Holler. Then he just hung out, let me get quite close as long as I moved super slowly. I thought he was gorgeous too~
That moth is amazing! I love it’s feathery antennas (atennai?)
And thanks for the beautiful tropical pics. Yummmmm.
Wonder where you two are now, probably still in Somoa. Love traveling along with you both and for once I am actually home!
We’re in Australia – been here since Dec 15 in Canberra, my Aussie hometown, having endless family adventures. Today we leave on a road trip south to the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles. Yay!
wow, had no idea you were from canberra. i haven’t seen the 12 apostles. i want to go back! are you going to see the three sisters over in the blue mountains? i miss the aussie birds! you must be having a total blast! enjoy and be well~
Grew up in Canberra and still have lots of family here. I’ve lived in Canada for 30 yrs. We went to the 3 sisters on a previous trip. And we are totally loving the birds. I’ve been posting pics on my FB page (galahs, brolgas, kangaroos) but they’ll all show up on the blog eventually.
Must be lovely for you to be back at the Holler. Enjoy!
I loved the tropics in your gorgeous photos, but the greeter for your arrival home was quite an amazing moth, Cindy! Welcome back and yes, it will seem a little ‘dull’ or humdrum, as you said!
Hum drum is good for awhile. My next trip will be a second self drive in South Africa. I need to rest up for this one!! 😉 😉
Love the unicorn fish 🙂
Yes! And people told us that unicorns were mythical creatures. Bah, I can joyfully state they are real and I have the pics to prove it! 😉 So glad you like the big guy!
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Thank you Cindy! I love the way you find beauty everywhere and share it with all of us!
Living most of my life in the subtropical climate, I have often thought that it’s easier to keep warm than to get cool but it all depends on how cold or hot. My theory is that more trees, less concrete makes any climate easier to work with. Earth sheltered houses in cold climates and designs like the Polynesian canoe house here help keep the comfort level despite the climate. I’m amazed at the myriad adaptations and designs that work WITH the local conditions to create comfort. I’m looking forward to seeing the new rennaissance in architecture as we shift to more realistic power use. I imagine we will see wildly creative versions of Tolkien’s Elven cities adapted to local conditions all over the world; -)
Oh I love your reference to Tolkien’s Elven Cities. They are like the Green & Greene house in Carmel California. They seem to grow up magically from the ground and blend fully into the natural landscape. Creative masterpieces! You are a wonk my dear & I appreciate your brain! <3
Great contrast from Polynesia to the Holler, Cindy, although that gorgeous silk moth looks like he’s dressed for the Luau. After living so many years in the sub tropics, I thought I could handle anything;I thought India would not get to me, but the heat and humidity was too much. Our timing was off by a few weeks. How long was this trip and how many islands did you go to?
my daughter went to india in grad school to look at medical/mental health tx progams. toured a lot of public clinics and hospitals. sounded like quite an experience. i was just talking to a couple who rent a villa every year in india for a month. i am not feeling the need to return to polynesia. this was our third trip, so it’s ticked off. i can just imagine the heat and humidity in india. they are not my good friends either, but i bet in the final analysis you are glad you went. everything is a learning experience, the good and the not so good and india must be fascinating…..
What a beautiful place, Cindy! where is it, and do you go there often or live there? And how do you know that butterfly is a ‘he’? Did you turn her/him over and check?
laughing…. good question! i randomly assign gender to mysterious critters based on whether they “seem” male or female to me. totally inaccurate. i have no idea the gender. i don’t know if the unicorn fish is male either, he just seemed so, kinda like beatrice potter did with her garden critters, completely anthropomorphize them! i live in the holler which is in rural southern california. this was our third trip to polynesia and there are pics from both places which i knew would be confusing…….
Hah! Thanks for explaining it all.
What do they call this, verisimilitude (sp?) embellishing? 😉 😉
Great macro shots! I also love the picture of the fish!
Fascinating critters aren’t they! Always something new to see.
Welcome back Cindy! I’ve seen the Ceanothus Silk Moth in my area of California as well but never up close! Thanks again for the many beautiful close-up photos you’ve shared. Love the vibrant warm hues and texture on that moth! And that unicorn fish. Feels like I can just reach out and touch him! 🙂
So happy you have seen the moth before. I hadn’t so he was quite a surprise. I think, if you were there, that fish would have let you touch him. He didn’t seem afraid at all, neither did the moth come to think of it~
I love the welcome committee chair and his velvety “fur”, gorgeous! Great pics!
He seems like a fuzzy wuzzy bear moth moth doesn’t he! The hidden things my camera sees, always surprise me! Cheers my friend & happy Wednesday~
Thank you. The moth certainly made it more so!
That is one big, beautiful moth. I have never seen a unicorn fish before and what pretty markings.
What a remarkable world we live in. There are always new things to learn and see! Cheers my friend~
Once again I realize that no color is better than that found in nature.
I agree! Mother Nature is the best artist ever~
Fantastic pictures. I want to pet the fish. Just beautiful.
I loved the fish too. He seemed to follow me. He must have been fed before but I had no bread to give him…..
Heavenly! What’s the function of the unicorn?
Good question. Biologists don’t know the function of the horn. It is not used for defense. The fish has spines in his tail that he uses for defense. It certainly does not seem functional for this algae eating fish.
Beautiful pictures.. the moth is spectacular. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you more for appreciating!
Your holler is never hum drum seen through all the beautiful photos you share…have enjoyed your amazing Polynesian series of photographs – thanks.
I love blogging and it is because I get to meet people like you! <3
WHAT a moth! 🙂 🙂
He’s spectacular isn’t he, and so big!
Wunderschöne Fotos mir den Schmetterlingen wünsche einen guten Donnerstag lieber Gruß Gislinde
Glücklich Donnerstag, Sie lieben Gislinde! Wir danken Ihnen fur Ihre freundlichen Worte . <3 <3
What a wonderful welcome home. The detail you captured on the moth is amazing. How are your hawks? Are they still flying over the Holler?
Thank you Ann for asking about the hawks. They are contesting for territory right now. There is an established pair that nest each year in the same oak tree and a newer pair, and they have been sparring in the air with talons lowered, strifing each other like military jets. I have been clicking away! Cheers to you my friend~
Ah, so we can expect some hawk posts anytime now.
Beautiful bright red colouring! Adds richness and vibrancy to life in this cold wintry season of ice and snow!
I know it has been a hard winter. Wolfie probably loves it though. Hope all is well with you both!
Wolfie loved it – and it snowed today! First of the year!
He’s made for the snow!! I would love to see it~
Liebe Cindy Traumhafte Schmetterlinge und ein ganz eigenartiger Fisch sowas hab ich noch nie gesehen super Aufnahme einfach nur wunderbar toll danke dir einen schönen Donnerstag mit ganz lieben Grüßen in Freundschaft Klaus
Ich bin so glucklich Sie den Fisch Klaus gefallt! Ich auch. Er war groß und sehr freundlich. Vielen Dank fur die netten Worte mein Freund. <3 <3
Welcome home Cindy. A wonderful butterfly shot, the colors and patterns are awesome.
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
Amazing photos from paradise, Cindy. Happy homecoming. 🙂
Well, you after all KNOW paradise! 😉
I also know how wonderful it is to get back home again. 🙂
Absolutely stunning dear Cindy!~ All my best wishes to you. Aquileana 😀
Visa versa 2 U X 2!
If you have to leave Polynesia behind, at least a gorgeous moth should welcome you home! What pleasure – I guess it’s a reminder that home isn’t so bad after all…
Exactly! Beauty is everywhere is you take the time to see as you know perfectly well my friend~
such interesting subjects you captured! Love the unicorn fish and all the moths! And for that matter, ALL the pics!!
I was just at your blog and enjoying myself immensely. Retirement rocks doesn’t it!! I have no idea why some people are so afraid of it.
Liked those shots of paradise…since we have more snow and ice at the moment.
Luckily it didn’t start until after we got home. 😉
Oh, I love your butterfly too! Those antenna are too cute.
Thanks much Jules. Glad your safe at home after your not so fun jury duty summons, but your hotel stay did sound kinda fun!
That moth is amazing Cindy and I certainly agree the heat and especially the humidity can get to you and saps all my energy. At least in the cold you can put more layers on and I feel more energetic in cooler weather.
I was surprised entirely by this moth.
First off I see it vaguely outside and ask Jim, “EEEEEW what is that?”
In typical Jim fashion he says, “I don’t know, why don’t you go and see.”
So I did, and my first thought was it stowed away in my luggage. This must be a huge tropical butterfly.
Then I googled it. Found it was native. Absolutely gorgeous.
I probably already told you about the African frog in Paris.
I planned this guts up self drive trip to Kruger. Matt, my son, came along.
We are going back really soon.
Anyway when we fly out of Johannesberg the stewardesses walk down the aisle of the plane with some sort of multi-pronged bug killer aerosal or who knows what. Dousing us all with everything killing chemicals, which surprised me.
We arrive the next morning in Paris. I’m jet lagged.
Still blown away by Africa.
We arrive at our hotel and I open my suitcase and this super huge African frog leaps out into our room.
I looked at it.
It looked at me.
I went to the French doors, opened them, and the frog happily leaped out to freedom in Paris.
Frogs have this ability to self reproduce.
Matt said, “If we hear there is a problem with African frog over population in Paris, we will know whose fault it was.”
I love travel just as much as you!
Mad dogs, an English woman, and me! <3 <3
No I hadn’t heard that story before, thank you for telling me, it is an hilarious story Cindy I can just imagine the panic if it started croaking as you walked through customs. Did you have time to get a photo? Is Africa your next trip?
It went through customs, baggage xrays, everything undetected. Kinda gives on pause about airport security. Yes Africa is next up~
I’m very surprised the xray didn’t query it!!!!
How did the frog get in your suitcase!? How funny.
I take some along with me for luck when I travel… but they are stuffed or otherwise made of material that doesn’t breath 🙂
Frogs are good luck in many cultures. I’m guessing though your froggy friend will adapt or be eaten. Hmmm aren’t some folks also known as ‘Frogs’…? So then he should be right at home. Surprised thought that they didn’t catch your stow away when your luggage went through security. Frogs do have bones.
So many things end up being where they aren’t native due to innocent travelers.
I’ll have to keep my eye (or ear) out for news of frog invasions.
Not too reassuring is it~
Oh that is rich Jules! Laughing….Exactly. I kept waiting for the news stories about the mysterious African frog invasion of Paris! 😉 😉
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Much appreciated! Thank you and be well~
You’re making the breathtaking almost routine…
This is a seriously nice thing to say! Thank you~
Your lovely pictures make for a perfect dream! Simply beautiful Cindy, have a wonderful weekend!
Great to hear from you Wendell and the same back to you my friend~
That is one humongous moth Cindy, and beautiful. Welcome home. And yes I remember my days of living in the tropics in Liberia. Heat and humidity can definitely be unpleasant. Or you can simply go to New York City in August. 🙂 –Curt
Oh please don’t remind me! The subway in New York in summer…..eeeeek! 😉 😉
Double eeeeek!, I think. 🙂
I am speechless in awe! Thank you for sharing all these beauty.
You are a dear friend Fae! <3
What a gorgeous moth…. I generally don’t like moths but I wouldn’t mind seeing him around my house… I bet those antennae pull in a lot of TV stations!
Laughing! I bet you’re right and he doesn’t even need earbuds!
I was oohing, and aahing all the way down the page, admiring your photos, and came to the unicorn fish … I have never seen one before … so thank you, especially for the introduction to him … Mother nature never ceases to amaze me, and you capture her beauty so well.
He was a happy surprise to me too and quite a big fella! So happy you enjoyed him~
Marvelous post…the 3rd shot taking me in 🙂 Stunning photos and true paradise…hope home is a happy place as well, even if the weather may not be cooperating.
Home is a happy place and the weather today is pluperfect! Cheers my friend~
Thanks for the wonderful tour!
Thank you more for appreciating it!
Cindy, this whole series has been spectacular. Thank you!
I am honored you enjoyed it my friend!
Cindy the butterflies are amazing but the unicorn fish is absolutely astounding. Clearly this is paradise.
I bet the Unicorn fish agree with you! 😉
Welcome home, traveller.
Ahhh, thank you my friend! It is good to be home~
That unicorn fish is fantastic!! I love the colorful moth too! Gorgeous!! Have a safe trip back to the Holler! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Hugz & Happy Sunday back to you both!
When I see pictures like that, it makes England in midwinter seem very dull and very cold in comparison. Thanks for warming me up with those wonderful colours.
Well, I can understand that feeling. I will be in London in the spring and I am going to capture your ethereal spring flowers and other gorgeous sights. Spring is coming~ <3 <3
I’m sure your captures of our spring flowers on camera will be quite beautiful, as are all of your pictures 🙂
Sometimes the locale offers an unfair advantage. Canada is this way pretty much always, and England in the spring and summer is too~
The moth pics are spectacular. Loved the tropical architecture but I think FL is as far south as I would choose to live. The real tropics are, as you say, humid and hot. I like warm a lot but can’t manage hot, so would rather not live where it’s hot…and humid too ! Hugz !
I think you have to live there for awhile to adjust, but I am with you, the tropics are fun to visit, but not where I want to live. To each his/her own~
OMC this made us certainly warm. Paradise indeed 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂 <3
Back 2 U guys X 2! <3
So sad to see your posts will not be tropical anymore. I feel as if my vacation is over, too. LOL
And I love the photos of your snow and the beautiful winter wonderland!
I have to let beauty find me. I can’t go in search of it now. 🙂
Trust me you find it many, many times every day!
You always say the right things. What a power you have.
Except of course, when I say the wrong thing and then it is always a most embarrassing gaffe!
I can’t imagine you doing that, but I suppose we all do sometimes. LOL
It really does look like paradise! And the pictures were beautiful!
How kind of you to say! Thanks much & cheers~
The colors are gorgeous in paradise!
Lucky Paradisians get to live there! 😉
Well my dear, your life is about as far from ho-hum as one can be. How many countries have you traveled to in the last 6 months? That fish is wild, I’ve never seen such a thing.
Cindy – You continually provide a feast for my heart and soul. Thank you.
We all need the these bright spots in our lives and they are always there, as you well know. Cheers to you Sheri! <3
Yes, Cindy, I do know. When I ‘come home to the Holler as you say,’ I know my soul will refuel a bit before it jets off to yet another unknown location. Please be safe and enjoy your piece of heaven while you are there. I know you already do.
I currently have my eyes on what Viking River Cruises calls their Grand European Tour and Belgium. Tom has looked at the longboat as a possibility and he has family in Belgium. That gives me a possibility of enjoying the entire adventure with a resting place for Tom. I’m still exploring all the possibilities. I’ve already been to all the places listed but I’m not opposed to returning and have always wanted to go back to several places where I once lived for a brief time.
Yes we are looking at Vikiing too. Small world, no? We are looking at their new fleet of small ships that do ocean cruises, specifically the 10 dayer from Venice to Dubrovnik, Kotor, Kudasi, et. al., ending in Istanbul. They also have an eight day river cruise that goes from Nuremberg, through Regensburg, Passau, Melk, ending in Budapest. We’ve never done this, so my attitude is, why not try (almost) anything at least once!! 😉 I hope you do go. You know I have been hoping that you have a vacation and this sounds ideal for both of you! Keep me posted~
I liked visiting the Paradise with you 🙂
I loved having you along! <3
Look at that Unicorn fish! Thank you for this captivating photos and for always dropping by my blog, thank you Cindy!
Visa versa 2 U X 2!
I didn’t realize unicorn fish could get so big. Cool!
But for big and truly spectacular, all you had to do was come home to the Holler! That moth is absolutely magnificent. A splendid specimen of a beautiful species, and to top it all off, it’s named for what is definitely among my top 5 favorite plants ever, anywhere. I am a huge fan of Ceanothus and its hardihood, its beauty, its variety, its bee-loved flowers, its brilliant colors. What a glorious post! Dessert on your arrival home.
Wheeeeeeee! Thank you.
If you love ceonothus, you would love The Holler. The hills are covered with it and all the streets are named after it. It is so lovely when the mountains turn purple with these awesome scented flowers. the moth was an incredible sight and he stayed around for several days. Thank you so much for this lovely and motivating commentary!
oooh, I like the unicorn fish – he is so pretty!!!
Well I am surprised cuz he is quite unusual looking and sometimes you are not too keen about odd critters. I think your getting used to them cuz you’re friends with such an odd blogger!!! 😉 😉
How absolutely stunning…both the moth and those island shots. I really appreciate the high level of detail in the moth particularly its antennae. Quite breathtaking!
I was surprised by him because I have never seen one before and didn’t know what it was, despite it being quite common out here. Glad you liked him too~
Wow Cindy, what a paradise!!! I like den Schmetterling, den passenden Text und deine Bilder sehr. Vielen Dank und einen lieben Gruss Ernst 🙂
Danke Ernst und haben eine wunderbare Woche mein Freund!