“The seeming value or dignity of an object doesn’t matter; it is the dignity of your relationship to the thing that matters. For a true contemplative, a gratuitously falling leaf will awaken awe and wonder just as much as a golden tabernacle in a cathedral.” Richard Rohr.
I’m very grateful to be able to affirm genuinely that I have this kind of relationship with Nature – always. I never tire of her wonders, which help to re-connect me to their Source.
To my Source.
And to myself.
Spending the last ten days in Brixham, Devon, enjoying seeing dolphins, seals, a plethora of birds, moths and butterflies, and incredible coastal landscapes, has been tonic for this soul that had been worn down by the wearisome stresses of work.
Nature (as well as rest and family time) is a true healer of mind and spirit – a conduit of balm from the Creator of life.
We stayed here last year as well, near the wildlife haven that is Berry Head, and delighted in the moths that came to the light trap I set up in the garden – which I wrote about in The Moths of Brixham.
This year (2021), during a very similar period – 31st July to 4th Aug (actually about a week earlier than last year), the trap turned up some of the same species as in 2020.
Like this Jersey Tiger…
…this Swallow Prominent:
…and this Ruby Tiger:
But also many new ones, like these:
Of equal delight to the nocturnal visitors have been the moths we found out and about in the daytime, around Berry Head, including Jersey Tigers (again),
these gorgeous Magpie moths…
…loads of Six-spot Burnets….
and this exquisite Carrot Seed moth:
The Carrot Seed moth (Sitochroa palealis) is one of the larger micro-moths, but still pretty tiny, as you can probably see from its relative size to the umbellifer in this picture. It’s been quite a rare species in the UK but, from what I’ve gathered, seems to have become fairly well established in the south-west in recent years.
Always so encouraging to hear of any insect species on the rise.
The following are most of the species attracted to the trap this time round (there were others unidentified):
- Bird-cherry Ermine
- Bright-line Brown-eye
- Buff Ermine
- Common Footman
- Common Rustic
- Elephant Hawk-moth
- Four-spotted Footman
- Heart and Dart
- Jersey Tiger
- July Highflyer
- Large Yellow Underwing
- Lunar Yellow Underwing
- Poplar Hawk-moth
- Riband Wave
- Ruby Tiger
- Shuttle-shaped dart
- Silver Y
- Small Emerald
- Swallow Prominent
I leave you with a final pic of a Poplar Hawk….
….and a final quote, this time from the naturalist and conservationist John Muir, by way of a reminder of our therapeutic need to engage our senses with Nature:
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”
(All photos taken by me, but not copyright – i.e. feel free to use them, with my blessing!)