“That’s Just Not Blight!”

by ESP on October 1, 2012 · 6 comments

Disturbing forest Ents,

unconventional attire, the smell of kettle corn and turkey legs, the sound of distant doodle-sacs, it could mean only one thing.

We had arrived after driving our trusty steed down the dusty “old potato” road at the Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival


In the middle of Texas!

Guinevere wasted no time finding the hair braiding tent,

while Arthur (and Excalibur) held session at the round table.

But the stars of the day were so little you could barely see them,

ladies and gentlemen I give you the…

 …Pignut Flea Circus!

Imaginations ran wild watching these highly trained Irish fleas performing acrobatics, trapeze and walking the high wire.

Oh and should you need a break for a while…

I intend to integrate a couple of these into my hardscaping.

Back in the Patch:

The harvest moon rose over more unsettled weather this week,

and another couple of inches of well needed rain.

This was the view from my computer table before the rain.

Note the Mex. bush sage in the foreground.

There is no hiding their legginess now!  This had me laughing all the way to my truck.

Toadstools emerged overnight,

and nearly all of the blooms on this yucca were beaten off the stalk,

lodging in tight at the base of the crown…oh that’s just great.

Well I am not going in there.

Salvia is currently in fine form, and this Barbados cherry,

Malpighia emarginata


 is filling up the entire back garden with its cherry/honey fragrance.

The rain has greened up the muhly in my Hell-strip,

and pushed datura into a flowering frenzy.

This next insect looked like it needed some of the nectar.

This is a Rustic Sphinx, and it is one very large moth in the Sphinginae family.

Manduca rustica


They are very fond of desert willow, moonflowers and petunia. I found this one crawling around on my front doormat, looking decidedly unwell.

The next character was very shy and required some coaxing which in turn made it difficult to get a steady shot.

What I need is a camera with a retractable fake finger adaptation, though that would surely get me into trouble.

Myrmeleontidae – Antlions


Although they resemble dragonflies or damselflies they are not related.


Finally some grossness:

Captain it appears that this sand cherry is under attack?


Stay Tuned for:

“Notre Dame it’s got Cold”


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1 katina October 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Okay, okay, the Mexican Bush sage was leggy.

2 ESP October 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I told you :-)

3 Heike October 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

Your blog is one of my favorites. You always make me smile and lift the day. I love your refreshing, zany humor and your unbelievable photography. You provide images of things we usually don’t look at in that way…. into another world. Very cool. Where did you learn to take such amazing images? Thanks for doing what you do.

Your words lifted my day Heike. Thanks for all your kind words and it makes me happy that the Patch makes you happy.>

4 Gail October 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Well said Heike!


5 Heather/xericstyle October 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

Hey there – I really enjoy your blog and wanted to tell you that your “looks like…” tab ROCKS! I especially love y’alls backyard – I have been working on planning mine and I always go back to your blog for inspiration. Have you seen “Know your mushrooms” yet? I can tell by your blog y’all would find it fascinating. Here is a link…from my page…. Check it out if you haven’t already – it is a great little documentary. http://xericstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/cactus-meets-mushroom-weird/ Cheers y’all, and again, thanks for the inspiration!

Hi Heather.
The “looks like” page is now getting rather large, which one is your favorite?
I have not seen “Know your mushrooms” but will most certainly pop over and take a look, I always really struggle identifying toadstools.
Thanks for dropping in and your compliments.

6 Bob Pool October 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Wow, that tree face kind of creeps me out. If I seen that while going to my deer stand before day light, there might be a problem.

Haha…Hi Bob, yes imagine it at night with the moon glinting off those meandering blue eyes, twitching mustache as the wind hits it, etc. Brrr

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