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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!