Sunday, 27 June 2010

For moth lovers...

You know who you are...
Yesterday afternoon as we were getting ready to go out I took a walk round the garden and  to see what bumblebees I could see when I spotted what a I thought was a dead leaf caught up in the valerian and knautia. A quick scramble for the camera and the moth book quickly identified a pair of eyed hawk moths. They were huge and perfectly still. They will flash their pink 'eye' on the lower wing if disturbed but this pair were unmoved. I didn't want to hustle them too much. Here are a couple more pictures.





They're dedicated to Lesley of PRINTED MATERIAL, a lover of moths and all things beautiful.
The wings are amazing and although I have seen these moths before, I haven't had such a  good view. I love the way they look like a dried and twisted leaf or flaking bark, it is hard to believe your eyes and that their wings are smooth and flat. I definitely feel a bit of art coming on. 

As you can tell my mood has lifted, thanks for your kind words. I spent the afternoon mixing up lots of Brusho powder colours and then layering paper in different colours. I then laid it out on the lawn to dry. It was even too hot to sit in the shade out-side. (Well, for me it was)
 Could there be some moth wings in there?

I shall be busy for a couple of days so time to mull over a few ideas and the end of the month is drawing closer, so another journal page is also calling. I will leave you with this photograph, which my dearly beloved was not amused by, but I was...


(watching England beat the Aussies at cricket)

13 comments:

harmony and rosie said...

Thank goodness England won something!! It's a lovely, very distinguished photo of Mr T I think. And what a great spot seeing those moths, great pics.

Hope all is well with you today x

Carol Q said...

ooh hawk moths, how lovely. reminds me of my brother collecting all manner of hawk moths when we were kids.

marigold jam said...

How amazing. Mr T looks eminent indeed! As Harmony and Rosie says good job England are good at something!!Look forward to seeing your art later.

Jane

Menopausal musing said...

Fantastic moth photos. So sharp and clear! The photo of Mr T made me smile. So glad to hear you are still creating....

Printed Material said...

Jill,
What wonderful photos. Thank you for the dedication. You know me too well! We never get Eyed Hawk moths here in our garden and you must have been eagle eyed to spot them during the day- especially two of them. Those purple/bronzy coloured pages do indeed shout 'moths' to me but I've no doubt you'll create something special no matter what theme you choose. Glad you had a good weekend. Lesley x

Sandra Hall said...

Those moth photos are amazing Jill and I love the humorous one of Mr T too!

AeFondKis said...

Thanks Jill for making me take a closer look at moths, although I adore butterflies moths don't quite have the same allure....crispy bits of leaves indeed. Love the new layout of your blog it's smashing to view and read!
Linda

Jane said...

Mr T looks as if he's posing for a silhouette - can imagine someone else snipping away with sharp scissors as he watches cricket oblivious. Glad you're feeling more inspired.

Heloise said...

Amazing photographs. Lovely papers. Great drying weather for painted papers, I spent time doing just that yesterday.

Chrissie said...

Marvellous photos, as always, specially the one of an unsuspecting Mr. T! Looking forward to seeing what becomes of those painted papers - love the colours.

Lorraine said...

wow fantastic photos

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi Jill

I'm not usually all that keen on moths and butterflies but your photos are absolutely exquisite, very beautiful indeed and also very inspiring. I love your painted papers too, and I can see moth wings in there. I can't wait to see what happens next

Have a good week
Carolyn

thekathrynwheel said...

Fabulous photos. Those moths are amazing - we had one in our garden last year and we were fascinated by it. Thanks for the reminder that another calendar page is due .....