Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's The Little Things . . .

I walked through the garden center yesterday
which sits aside my go to grocery place. 
As I stepped inside, a garden center attendant, a young man,
was standing over a bed of fragrant flowers
and asked me, do you know what this is?
Immediately I said,
"It's a Hummingbird,"
and he exclaimed,
"I don't think so."
The wings were fluttering just like my hummers do at home.
There was a bit of a different look though
and I noticed there wasn't the usual
long bill the hummer uses to get its nectar. 
We pondered together a bit over what it was
and I took off inside to do my massive grocery shopping
for the family gathering tomorrow.
I exited back out through the garden center,
(my usual entrance/exit) 
and there was the attendant again.
Such a pleasant person and excited he was to tell me,
"I found out what it was."
He pulled out his cell phone to show me
he had looked up some info and then said,
"come here, I will show you where he is."
Lo and Behold
after many, many tries for
a Hummingbird photo
in a big box garden center
I took a photo of a
Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Not as pretty as my hummers
but I was excited over my first look at a humming moth.
Plus, I totally enjoyed this serendipitous moment 
with this very nice young college age kid. 
its the little things that make me exclaim
What A Wonderful World
Hummingbird Hawk Moth


eileeninmd said...

They are cool looking moths. Great sighting, Lynne! Have a happy day!

Sarah Huizenga said...

I am very impressed with the guy, that he was so interested that he actually looked it up. There needs to be more young men like that! I

barb said...

Cool moment. Great kid. Have a fun weekend Lynne.

Margaret Adamson said...

Well spotted,I would never have seen it.

Nancy said...

A nice interaction you had with that young man -- and a very cool moth!

TexWisGirl said...

they are huge! very cool!

Lynn said...

I’m sure that chance encounter lifted your spirits, Lynne. What an enchanting young man. Enjoy your long weekend with your family.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I've heard of those, and you know, I wonder if they are around here, or else we have some pretty big bugs flying around.


Jojo said...

Who knew? And what a great discovery!

Thank you for your Iceland comment. I have over a thousand photos from that trip and I love going back to look at the dozens pictures of waterfalls, glaciers, ocean, rock formations, etc. The country is amazing. For some reason I've had the little hotel I posted about on my mind.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I showed this post to my husband. I had never heard of such a creature. How exciting. He would have been exactly like that young man. During high school and college he worked at Frank's Nursery. His love of plants and creating things continues.

Perfectly Printed said...

It's always fun to discover new creatures.... A sweet young man to take the time to identify what was unknown.

Gail said...

I see those and think how beautiful they are.

Bonnie said...

Lynne, I love such encounters. They renew my faith in life. We have hummingbird moths. The first time I saw them I, too, thought they were hummingbirds. They love my summer phlox. Have a wonderful Sunday! Hugs! Bonnie

MarmePurl said...

how wonderful that the college aged boy remembered and took the time to show you the find. Little things indeed are the best.

missy said...

Thanks so much Lynne..They are all over the place here and I knew that at one time , I knew what they were..I haven't been able to come up with their name over the past several weeks..Thanks for solving my dilemma..

Anonymous said...

I loe them. We had some at our last house that would hang out on our butterfly bush. We are at a little higher elevation at our current home and have not seen any of these yet this year. Fun to watch them. Only one of three hovering critters. The hummingbird, the bat and this moth. xox

Pondside said...

That was a sweet story, Lynne. Like you, I'd have been happy for the discovery and for the connection with the young attendant. A wonderful world, indeed!