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One-Word Wednesday

A dragonfly blends in with the scenery at Imperial Park.

A dragonfly blends in with the scenery at Imperial Park.

Green!

Trash makes a nice resting place apparently.

Trash makes a nice resting place apparently.

 

Welcome Back!

A new cutie

A new cutie

Apparently our butterfly bush isn’t attractive to just monarch caterpillars.

Yesterday when I looked at the plant from the front door, I was surprised to see a little dragonfly hanging on for dear life amid the wind gusts. Of course, that meant I had to grab my Nikon dSLR and snap a bunch of photos before it flew off.

Love the big red eyes and blue nose!

Love the big red eyes and blue nose!

It’s been a couple years since we’ve had any dragonflies in the front yard, and I’ve really missed them. I hope this means that I’ll see them more often. Especially now that the butterfly bush’s leaves have been stripped bare once again.

The “welcome” sign has been turned on!

An Arachnid Comes A-Calling

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

I imagine that when most people see an itsy bitsy spider crawling on their computer monitor, they knock it off.

But as you well know, I’m not like anyone else. When I spied this little guy, my first reaction (after being relieved at its small size) was to grab my Nikon dSLR and start shooting.

What’s it looking for?

Safari and Chrome are to the left.

I guess traversing my iMac is one way to find the web!

What’s Wooly Waldo?

It looks so fluffy.

Do you know what this is?

When I glanced out my front door’s windows yesterday afternoon, something scooching up the wall caught my eye. You know me . . . first, I grabbed my Nikon dSLR. Then I opened the door and started snapping away.

Bizarre!

My first guess was that this was a fuzzy caterpillar. It was tempting to touch it . . . but ewwwwww! No way was I going near this wooly worm-like creature (glad I wielded a 105mm lens). I had never seen anything like it before.

Are those eyelashes it’s batting at me?

Good thing my fear of creepy, crawly critters made me keep my distance. A Google search identified my visitor as a puss moth caterpillar, also known as an asp. It’s one of the most-toxic caterpillars in North America. Yes, the entire flippin’ continent!

That cute, furry look with the long eyelashes? Just a disguise for a savage, tiny beast that can cause a sting with its brown spine that could have you scurrying for the emergency room.

Holy guacamole!

Nature’s Freeloaders

A monarch looks for the perfect horsemint to land on.

During my latest photowalk last Sunday, I made a discovery:

A bee poses.

It’s not just bees and butterflies that like wildflowers as much as I do.

Can you “spot” the bugs (one is hiding)?

Bugs enjoy the flower-power scene, too.

Are you bugging me?

It’s a treat when I lean in close with my Nikon 105mm macro lens to see something looking back at me, especially if it doesn’t have a stinger attached.

Wonder what these guys are.

I guess they’re just nature lovers, too!

This Bugs Me

A big bug stares at me.

Last week as I was walking to the back door, I noticed this large, green bug that looked like a leaf with legs hanging on a window. You know me, right? I ran into the house to grab my Nikon dSLR and a couple long lens choices. I wanted to get close but not too close . . . just in case it decided to attack me.

If a bug looks like a leaf, should it attack? Or just “leaf” me alone. (Sorry. I know I should’ve resisted.)

As I took a minute to observe the bug’s temporary (hopefully!) habitat, I wondered if it regretted its landing spot on our very dirty back window.

Sorry!

I guess so!

Blue-Purple Beesness

A bee hones in on a bluebonnet in Victoria.

The scariest part of shooting wildflowers is sharing space with bees and wasps.

There he goes!

I know that the bees are essential for pollination and making honey. Yeah, I get that.

Bees love bluebonnets, too.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t scare the bee-jeesus out of me when they move towards me if I zoom in too closely. Don’t they like the beesarazzi?

Bee-less purple daisies (actually, blue-eyed grass)!

These pretty purple flowers were growing close to the bluebonnets. Know why I liked them? One reason, of course, was their beauty. But the other?

No bees!

Creepy, Crawly Caterpillar

I spy a fly!

While looking at our paltry back landscaping with Nikon D700 and Nikon 105mm macro lens in hand, I spied a fly on a shrub’s leaf. Pretty ho-hum except for the emerald -green coloring.

The fuzzy express

But then, hello! Something fuzzy was hiding within the shrub.

Small but mighty

It was a cute, little caterpillar!

Moving right along

I love looking at and photographing butterflies. Of course, I know they’re caterpillars first, but I don’t think I’ve ever snapped pix of the fuzzy larva before.

The caterpillar hangs around.

Now I have! Wonder how it will look when it’s a butterfly . . . er, moth. Will I be able to take its photo, too? Will I even know which one it is?

Where are name tags when you need them!

Update: Super butterfly-identifier Brant thinks this is a webworm caterpillar; these change into moths.

Marion, Ohio, Flora—Not Much to See

An orange flower teems with bees.

This is how you know that your partner of 22 years really understands you:

When the Mister (and our #2 son) picked up our #1 son and myself from the Columbus, Ohio, airport recently, he wanted to do one thing first: Drive to Delaware State Park (yes, it’s actually in Ohio) and show me some wildflowers to photograph. Good thing I had my Nikon D300 and Nikon 105mm macro lens at the ready!

A lily blooms in front of the Warren G. Harding Memorial.

As regular readers know, shooting photos at a disc golf tournament, like the Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, involves so much more than just capturing action for me. I sometimes enjoy snapping the flowers and insects more, especially the ones that don’t move!

The top view of a bee

Speaking of bugs, there weren’t many willing to sit and pose for me. Particularly not butterflies, unfortunately.

A bug rests on a black-eyed Susan (no relation).

And there really weren’t a lot of wildflowers to photograph. Kind of disappointing considering some of the disc golf play was in state parks, which I thought would be overflowing with flora.

An ant checks out a purply wildflower.

Texas definitely has more wildflowers everywhere you go. Perhaps it has to do with the climate.

Purply flowers starting to de-purple.

This wildflower was my favorite among the few I saw. It starts out purple . . .

Fluff city!

. . . and ends up all fluffy! Ready to dance in the wind and settle in new locations around Ohio. Maybe they’ll even swoop down south, pick up some wildflower seeds from Texas during their travels, and give the locals more variety to look at!