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“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain”  Thoreau

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Mindo Ecuador – My friends and I walked part of their property this past week, and we noted a clematis-like vine that sprawled along a damp ditch and climbed across anything in its path. Stopping to inspect a butterfly with delicate glass-like wings, we discovered a treasure of insects we might have otherwise missed.

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How often we chase the elusive rainbow, while an equally satisfying treasurer lurks intimately nearby!

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Very limited for time, I share these photos, though the butterfly pencil studies are as elusive as that rainbow!

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This week, slow down and inspect what’s lurking nearby.  You might be rewarded with some amazing jewels!

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In another hummingbird-watching area, this precious little one seemed to be watching me!  Does anyone have any idea what species this might be?

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Is the yellow crown real or is it a dusting of pollen?

This timeout for art is posted a bit early while taking a really fast timeout for internet while in town!    Most likely I will be offline until Tuesday of next week.

(Remember to mark the equinox!)
Z

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