Saturday, July 31, 2010
Mama Wren feeding her second brood of babies a nice, big
grasshopper. I took this picture the other day. As of today
the baby Wrens have left the bird box. This is the last brood
of the summer. I'll miss them :(
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
It's amazing how many different kinds of skipper moths there
are. Our garden is full of them! They love the yellow pistils on
our zinnias. I guess that's where all the nectar is.
The long, coiled tube the moth sticks into the flower is called
Here's lookin' at you!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I was in the garden the other day when this little skipper moth
landed on my hand. He sat there long enough for me to snap a
Up close and personal with a Swallowtail butterfly enjoying
one of our Zinnia flowers.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
This Praying Mantis took a fancy to the new ceiling fan on
our backporch. I love these little critters. They look like a
cross between a grasshopper and an alien.
He seemed to enjoy hanging upside down.
I got him onto a broom and took him down to sit on one
of our sunflowers.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Huge Bumble bee feasting on one of our sunflowers.
Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime,
Where the traveller's journal done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!
- William Blake, The Sunflower
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I thought these little winged creatures were moths. After
some internet research I found out that these are actully
Although Skippers appear to be moths, they are actually a
third group that is related to both butterflies and moths.
Skippers, like moths and butterflies, are found worldwide.
Skippers share characteristics with both moths and butterflies
and sometimes have the appearance of being a cross between
the two. There are, however, groups of characteristics that
allow observers to confidently identify skippers.
Skippers can be the most difficult butterfly species to identify;
their markings are maddeningly similar.
Notice the curly tongue. Too cool!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Yellow cherry tomatoes up close and personal.
The scurge of every yard and garden...the Japanese Beetle.
I really hate when these things start making an appearance!
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in
the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally
taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
One of my favorite summer flowers is the Zinnia. We planted
several rows of Zinnias in our garden this year. They're so easy
to grow and the butterflies love them, so that's an added bonus!
The Earth Laughs in Flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The name of the genus derives from the German botanist
Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–1759).
Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
~ Gerald De Nerval
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Robert Flynn Mabry was born on July 3, 1963. He was
the youngest of my siblings. Today would've been his
47th birthday. Missing you today and always!
"See you in another life, brother!"
"Missing someone gets easier every day
because even though it's one day further
from the last time you saw each other, it's
one day closer to the next time you will."