Saturday, March 01, 2008

eye wonder...

It's the first day of March...and here are a few wondrous things I happened upon.

won . drous adj. Remarkable or extraordinary, wonderful

This is the Glass wing butterfly. Isn't it amazing? No I didn't find it in my backyard, but I wish I had.
Greta oto is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the clearwing clade; its wings are transparent. Its most common English name is glasswing, and its Spanish name is espejitos, which means "little mirrors." Indeed, the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass. It is one of the more abundant clearwing species in its home range, which extends throughout Central America and into Mexico. The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown sometimes tinted with red or orange, and its body is dark in color. Its wingspan is between 5.5 and 6 cm. They also exhibit some pretty interesting behaviors like lekking among males.

What's this? It's a fabulous flower under water...
While visiting a friend for a cup of tea the other day...I was offered a cup of Art Tea. It begins as a flower pod and when you pour boiling water over it...it blossoms into a flower right before your eyes.

It doesn't taste very good...but it sure is wondrous to watch...
And then passing by a window facing south the other day, the sun was was drawing on my walls with the most amazing palette of primary colors...I am still having my affair with shadows and cannot deny they speak to me in the most dramatic way...

So with Spring tentatively creeping into the calender...I return from my moments of wonder to get back to the reality of the computer and a pile on my desk. sigh...

A pretty cool site to check out so you can learn important things about yourself is this one: Things like my Native American Zodiac sign is a Bear and my age is the equivalent of a dog that is 7.93033268101761 years old. You know...things you really want to know about yourself.

I shall return...

6 comments:

Garden Painter Art said...

That butterfly is absolutely stunning. Have you ever seen one in real life?

I also loved reading about the flower opening in boiling water. That's quite interesting.

Just to let you know, I'm having a little contest on my blog for a free print of one of my collage/watercolor pieces. It's a 4" x 6" called "Dancing Fiona". If you get a chance, come on over and have a look. I love giving art away, simply with the hopes that it will give someone a little smile.

Kim
Garden Painter Art
www.gardenpainter4.etsy.com/

margo said...

Oh, love that butterfly!

Love that astrological site too. My Native American sign is a snake and I'm 7.90371819960861 in dog years. I have Native American ancestors so thanks for posting that Angela. I also found out I was conceived on a Sunday and born on a Sunday. :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful butterfly! I have never seen or heard of such a one!

I will have to watch for the flowering tea. It sounds like a great gift idea. I'm throwing a baby shower next month with my daughter, and the flowering tea would make great place settings or door prizes. Thanks Angela!
pattisl

Captainsnaps said...

AC,

I think the best tea is PG Tips. Does your family drink that tea?

ND

ann h said...

Hi Angela, The picture of the butterfly is beautiful.I love watching them on my patio.The art tea is very interesting.I'm just sorry it doesn't taste good.Well at least the flower opening is lovely to watch.

ac said...

PG Tips is the best British tea...that is what we drink...
Typhoo runs a close second.