Saturday, October 7, 2017,
These pics were taken back in August. I just never got around to posting them till today. I was strolling the grounds of Sweetbriar Nature Center when I saw this Butterfly Bush that was covered with butterflies, mostly Monarchs and Black Swallowtails. But, as you can see in the photo above, there were a few Skippers around as well. JK
Wednesday, September 27, 2017,
Dear reader, after two flowery posts of, well, flowers, I felt we needed something a bit grittier. Something to keep us all grounded. I never promised anyone a rose garden, or all Asters either. Beauty comes in all shapes, even gruesome ones. I came across this scene in one of the fields at Avalon Park and Preserve. I had just seen a mother Goldfinch feeding one of her fledglings and I was thinking that was a cool thing to see when Mother Nature presented me with another treat.
This spider and her prey put me in mind of Shelob, the spider from the Lord of the Rings story. For those of you who didn’t read the books or see the movies, Shelob is a monstrous spider that pretty much captures and eats anyone or anything that comes her way. She captures Frodo, one of the heroes of the story and then she…. She tells you to read the book ’cause it’s a great tale.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017,
Monday, September 11, 2017,
Sunday, September 10, 2017,
Nothing pretty here, just a bunch of aphids sucking the life out of a flower. Gross and cool at the same time. JK