Over the past six months, Christopher and I have focused very heavily on farming and beginning the slow process of making improvements to the land so that we can continue to increase cultivation. While we have maintained our day jobs. So we’re pretty busy. I sometimes get very caught up in weeding, harvesting, or mowing and don’t stop to notice all the critters and the scenery that made us fall in love with the land in the first place. This week Mother Nature decided to remind us of the beauty around us by placing some hard-to-ignore creatures right in our paths. We had dinner out on the porch one evening and noticed the beautiful creature below on the porch. Luckily, my friend and entomologist Doug Taron identified it as a virgin tiger moth shortly after I posted the photo on facebook.
Later in the week I was picking okra for a mid-week okra delivery when I came across what I have now dubbed the “okra frog”. Hanging out high up on the main stem of our 10 foot tall okra plants was this beautiful green treefrog. This species has been expanding its range out of the coastal plain for years and apparently has made it to our farm in the Piedmont now. Although I’m not a big fan of global warming, I do love these beautiful frogs, so I’m excited that it’s now part of our farm biodiversity.
This week was definitely a reminder that both of us need to take breaks to appreciate the things we love about the farm. Living in the moment is an especially rewarding concept here in Hurdle Mills and I plan on doing more of that in the future. Luckily, two lovely creatures reminded me to take a break, breathe, and appreciate what’s around us.