A better showing in the Moth Trap today after a dry, still and balmy night produced about 40 Macro (larger) Moths including one new species added to the Property List*.
Likely indicating a healthy population here.
4 EAR MOTHS
All else in the trap today was this rather attractive FLY.
Sooner or later I must decide some direction for the next phase of my life, but things are all too comfortable here with little sign of anyone wanting rid of me. Perhaps if the 18:00 daily arrival of a pint of Adnams Broadside along with a bowl of Kettles Crisps, followed by dinner, which always includes 'home grown' vegetables, accompanied by a decent Burgundy, Claret or New World 'red' were to dry up then some incentive may be found!
A step in that direction was mustering those few things on my now short list of possessions, things I would find impossible to dispose of. Under that heading come a number of Native North American (Indians) trophies which have either been given or purchased during my travels to all 50 States of the USA. None are purported to be authentic 19th century relics, but all hold a story or two in the acquiring. The 'white fluffy thing' is a MANDALA, the Sanskrit word for circle, a type of Sacred Shield which introduces us to the great circle that we find in life, as well as the universe. For some this circle is sacred, for others it signifies creation and our journey, for others this Great Mandala is used for healing. The Great Mandala is found everywhere on the planet, throughout various cultures, bringing for its people a great sense of peace and understanding. Native American mandalas are no less than any other, found across the country in every tribe. More ancient than the world renowned Tibetan mandala, one such Native American mandala comes from the Shaman. Within the centre of the mandala is the healing power of the circle. Black Elk found the sacred healing within the balance of the four directional points of the circle, referring to the mandala as a Sacred Hoop. This can be seen, for instance, in the medicine wheel of the various tribal cultures. The 'sporting' Bow and Arrow was purchased from Sarah Passing Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe while staying in Rapid City on my way to
Washington, Jefferson, T Roosevelt and Lincoln.
and the CRAZY HORSE MONUMENT
Some idea of scale can be obtained by looking at the
'heavy plant' just below the chalk outline of the 'horses head'.
Some say the monument will never see completion!
Oh they of little faith.
1840 - 1877
In Lakota Tȟašúŋke Witkó in Standard Lakota Orthography
literally "His-Horse-Is-Crazy" or "His-Horse-Is-Spirited"; was a
Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.
So there would be no confusion as to the boundaries of the
'OGLALA LAKOTA' HOMELANDS