August 1, 2013

on a summer evening walk

hummingbird moth photograph
hummingbird moth
Some summer evenings we go for walks in our neighborhood. On any given evening, we might see a sunset, lightning in the distance, a rainbow, a bat flying, quail, and usually plenty of wild bunnies (and a few airplanes). The kids have taken to keeping a bunny count each time. I don't usually take a camera with me, but sometimes wished I had.

Last night, we didn't even make it out of our own front yard without having to go back in and get my good camera. We had noticed an interesting large insect at one of our flowering plants, then another, and another. Hummingbird moths! (We looked them up later; specifically White-Lined Sphinx Moths.) We stood and watched them for many minutes. They are super cool bugs! We found if we approached the plants slowly and then stood still, they would fly very close. I think my boys wish they could be pets. One said they were awesome. When we came back from our walk we noticed many more around our front yard, at least a dozen. After being creeped out by huge beetles, a couple scorpions, and fire ants this summer, it was nice to see a bug like this. Maybe other people have seen them a hundred times, but we had never seen any and were totally excited about them! I think we're going to sound like tourists in our town for some time to come, with everything so new and different to us.

white-lined sphinx month photograph by Jennifer Kistler copyright 2013 Prescott Arizona
thankful that someone planted so many of these perennial flowers in our yard

hummingbird moth photo, another view
such a cool bug!

wild bunny photograph by Jennifer Kistler copyright 2013 Prescott Arizona
wild bunny in the late evening sun

evening rainbow in Prescott Arizona
rainbow over a neighbor's house

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