Saturday, July 30, 2005
I find these Nodding Onions on my walks in the mountains, often in the shade of pine trees. Mueller State park had tons of them in full bloom.
If you see them in the sunshine, they are a light pink or purple. A cheerful color actually. When shadowed their color seems almost mournful. They're so delicate and somber. This seemed like an appropriate entry for the Photo Friday "Somber" theme.
We had a great mini-camping trip. The boys were well-behaved, ensuring that I'll take them out again. We didn't have nearly enough time for lots of pictures, but enough time to realize that the task wasn't as daunting as I first thought. We camped in Mueller State Park, near Florissant Fossil National Park, which is about 8400 ft (2560 m) above sea level. One of the nice things about the mountains, besides escaping the heat, is that wildflowers that are fading at lower elevations are just coming into full bloom up here.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
But please, don't fret. You'll find a few extra posts to get you through. There will be NO INSECT IMAGE SHORTAGE. Please don't hoard; there is no need.
Hopefully we'll come back with new bug tales.
I believe this bush is a Buddleia davidii. They popped up all over my yard last year and wow, what a popular plant with the butterflies and bumblebees. I read that these native Chinese bushes are considered invasive in Connecticut. I guess they are here too, but they sure attract pleasant company.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I've been reading my Shaw book Closeups in Nature and trying out various techniques he suggests.
The left photo is in full daylight with no modifications, the right uses a crumpled then flattened piece of aluminum foil to reflect the sunlight. No flash was used for either.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Here's the same walking stick up-close. Again I wished I'd had more time to take zillions of photos, but alas... In any case, this marks my first wild walking stick encounter and photo. Woohooo!
And your trivia bit for the day: Walking Sticks are part of the group Phasmida, Latin for apparition or spector.
Rowan spotted this crab spider in a rolled up fuzzy leaf. He's become an excellent spider and insect finder -- my number one partner studying arthropods.
I think this is my first green crab spider. Brown and yellow are the main crab spider colors that I've found so far.
If you want to see the bug-hunter in action, click here
Saturday, July 23, 2005
This little moth got my attention, but at first I wasn't sure what it was. It had funny thick antennae, a tail shaped like a lobster's, and wings that almost looked like a bee or fly -- until I got up close and saw the wings were shaped like a butterfly's.
I think this is in the family Sesiidae, but I have yet to match a picture on the web; I've only found similar characteristics.
It amazed me just how clear a clearwing's wings were which is why I think this photo was my favorite aesthetically. If anyone is interested, I have a few more pictures that captured the whole anatomy. Unfortunately, they looked like mugshots to me. Since some in this family of moths are woodboring pests, maybe there's more to the mugshot that just an opinion.