“Orion’s Belt”

by ESP on August 24, 2012 · 7 comments

The light quality has changed this week, a sure sign that fall / Autumn is looming around the corner.

Yuccas are giving birth at an alarming rate and the native Patch Naboo tribe

are flying fritillary kites high to celebrate the seasonal change.

This pampas grass is ruffling its sharp feathers in readiness to bloom some plumes.

As is this…


…Mexican Firebush

Hamelia patens


This one is planted in semi shade and is a great plant for attracting butterflies.

Polygonia interrogationis



These butterflies are better known as question mark and anglewing butterflies.

Resembling a leaf, the underside of this butterfly is a nondescript light brown with the exception of a distinctive silver-white question mark in the center of its hindwing.  Polygonia, is derived from the Greek word for “many angles” and refers to the outlines of the wings.



The “dot” of the “question mark” is occasionally reduced or absent, this one was a fine specimen, though I think there may be a little more to that icon than meets the eye“?”

And while I have all the conspiracy theorists attention…just what is going on in the Baltic Sea?

Calm down Alex!

The flamboyantly colored topside of this butterfly is quite the smoldering contrast to the underside.

Moving back down to earth:

Good news on the satsuma front, the recent rains have dramatically decreased fruit drop and the tree has greened up once again. It should pull through with a great fall harvest.

I get the sense that the poor dragonflies are beginning to feel the aches and pains of age. They appear much less concerned with the camera lens as the year pushes into the fall. Many people believe these insects live only for a day but an adult dragon will survive as long as six months if the weather remains warm and dry.

Inspirational Images of the week:

Interesting idea for a pathway or patio.

Mexican beach pebbles that you can jump on! 

Having had the unfortunate experience of shoveling these pebbles on numerous occasions I could not live with these pebble-pillows in my house, fun idea though.

How about this:

Texas architect Jim Poteet http://www.poteetarchitects.com from San Antonio has transformed a 40′ shipping container into a gorgeous backyard retreat, complete with a living green roof, composting toilet, rainwater collection and eco friendly finishes. The studio retreat also features floor-to-ceiling windows cut out of the container, blown-in insulation, and bamboo floors and walls. 

















Very creative.


Happy 5th birthday, birthday boy.

Stay Tuned for:

“Mind your Dual Language!”


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1 Roberta August 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Your dragonfly looks as if he’s about to make an announcement to a large audience, “Aahemm…testing..testing, 1, 2, 3, 4”
And who doesn’t love a great big Mexican beach pebble?

2 ESP August 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hi Roberta.
Haha..it appears he is starting his gig?…Great observation!

A great big Mexican beach pebble?
I will have nightmares about this tonight, thanks :-)

3 Les August 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Great ideas for the shipping container. Being a port in a country that accepts more than it sends out, we have stacks of these lying around the city. They are fairly cheap and people buy them for storage sheds, workshops and impromptu stores, but I think green studio space and backyard retreats would be a better option.

You may have to snag me one Les;-)

I wonder if it has A/C?
It seems like this could be a potential Darwin award should you find yourself locked in…in the summer…in your fabulous but deadly container.

Great idea and I want one.

4 Greggo August 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

Always love your posts. The tree rounds look cool. I just happen to have a 30″ x 30′ Juniperus virginiana tree log that needs to find a home. My neighbors cut it down and were going to burn it.

Hi Greggo…Glad you like them.
It sounds to me like you may have a project in front of you.

5 Desert Dweller / David C. August 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Some wild goings on in and out of the Patch, and I’m glad for your recent dosage of rain. The question mark butterfly is really wild – that doesn’t look easy to notice, unless you get close or one lands on you. Hilarious that you worked in Alex Jones after MIB, and that shot almost has his gargling voice shouting, “It’s a police state control grid, arrgh, arrgh!” I almost rolled off my chair in laughter.

The crate container idea really works, and it reminds me of all the things that Darmuid Gavin in the UK does, though his are more like spacecraft…..

The truth is out there.

Hi David.
Yes, lots of strange things happening…especially the rain in August, now that is truly unbelievable and out of this world!

The butterfly was a first for me though mine definitely looked more like Venus and a crescent moon than a question mark.

It was an Alex’s debut in the Patch, and I don’t believe we have seen the last of him and his gargling rants.

It does look like a toned down Darmuid structure.

6 Bob Pool August 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Wow, the Patch sure is green and looking good.

Thanks for the video on the under water space ship. I’m a believer.

The wooden walkway looks good. Meredith and her husband made one a lot like it out of cedar logs and it came out nice.

The shipping containers are being used all over south and west Texas for hunting cabins but with smaller windows. It’s the only way to keep the undocumented democrats from stealing all their stuff on their way to a better life.

Can you leave the credits up longer on your next movie. Even they are funny and worth reading on ESP. You know it’s not long and that boy will be driving in Austin traffic. It looked like he had the skills neede already.

7 ESP August 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Bob.
The truth is out there!

The wooden walkway does look good, I just wonder how long something like this would last before rotting? Especially in Texas.

I want that shipping retreat as a garden shed at the bottom of the Patch, it would be perfect (in a Patch-lime-green naturally).

I will see what I can do on the rolling credit front, for some reason they seem to come out either painfully slow or at the speed of light? I have a new Cannon camera that I am messing about with (thanks PP) so the next video should have a different feel…perhaps I may even loose the incessant shaking that my movies have a gained a reputation for.

Between go-carts and golf-carts I think he should be well prepared :-)

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