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.
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!
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.
I guess traversing my iMac is one way to find the web!
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.
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.
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.
During my latest photowalk last Sunday, I made a discovery:
It’s not just bees and butterflies that like wildflowers as much as I do.
Bugs enjoy the flower-power scene, too.
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.
I guess they’re just nature lovers, too!
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.
I guess so!
The scariest part of shooting wildflowers is sharing space with bees and wasps.
I know that the bees are essential for pollination and making honey. Yeah, I get that.
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?
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?