PURPOSE

TO~further the knowledge of nature, and encourage protection, and conservation of it.

Thank you to all who inspired me, taught me, and appreciated the sharing of my photos and information. My passion for God's creation has grown immensely and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and to continue to grow...

PHOTOS


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

I am honored to be included in this website

Mississippi University's Entomological Museum's website

Moth Photographer's group

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9314 – Alypia octomaculata 
Eight-spotted Forester Moth



9781 – Basilodes pepita 
Gold Moth

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15~ and no wildlife photos! the winter is heavily upon us....

I did however, find this tiny little sprite the other day, and asked her if I could photograph her for my nature blog, she was happy to oblige.
Her name is Olivia, she is one of Santa's helpers, she helps in the candy dept. She is cute no? just love the little hair ribbon...


Unfortunately she had to rush off, so the chat came to a hault. I hope to see her again one day... she was very sweet...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Good December 8 th morning~click to view

No new wild life photos, but was able to capture a sunset that took my breath away~ not a touch of photoshop anywhere on this photo! It is presently in the running on Birds and Blooms website hoping for many views and reviews...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING~

I am thankful for God, and all He has created for us, and that on occasion I can capture it.

CECROPIA or ROBIN MOTH

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DAD getting in the act...can you see the moth on the tree?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THE WHEEL BUG~

Investigating the Assassins

INSECTS~
 insects have 6 jointed legs, two antennae, and an exoskeleton made of chitin the same thing our hair and nails are made up of. They have a  three-part body consisting of a head (with the mouthparts, eyes, and antennae), thorax (where the legs and wings  attach), and the abdomen (with the reproductive, and most digestive organs). 

The wheel bugs belong to the Assassin family, and were seen by me for the first time this past summer, are very beneficial for our gardens and yards as they keep the pesty insect population at bay.
Their bite can be very severe so don't play around with them! It can take up to six months for the 
painful bite to heal.
I just love these bugs, they are slow moving, great posers for my nikon and great color as they change from brilliant orange/red, to a deep gun metal gray.

here a wheel bug nymph in spring RED


adult wheel bug~check out that beak! 


adult wheel bug, see the wheel on top of it's back (looks
more like a gear to me)


Wheel bugs mating... summer love!
they are around 1 1/2 in to 2 in in length, not a 
bug that you can miss! 

NOVEMBER 22~two days before Thanksgiving

and I am happy to share I am thankful most every day...
Lately I have been uninspired to create dolls, though I do have a mermaid 
in my brain who is halfway out and flapping her fin to be completed.
I will work on her full time today as the family is awaiting her appearance for the upcoming
Christmas holiday.
Here are some of my favorite flower photos, and yes weeds, living and dead...
Some of the most interesting and prettiest flowers are found on weeds. So I will share; 
FANTASTIC?  maybe not, but cool looking to me... 

white cleome, or spider flower, they are interesting, attract hummers, butterflies and miriads of bees and bugs
 they just grow taller and taller all summer long


cleome in purple


not sure yet, will hope to learn it over the next year




not sure but I think iron weed? maybe not


stem of grass.. with dew


lady fingers?


wild sunflower




jewel weed


crab apple berries




poke berries


forget me nots~ yep remembered THESE


white clover


dried up burdock~I understand the roots are great eating


snap dragon


wild sunflower


such pretty tiny flowers, another weed



teasel


white clover also

Monday, November 21, 2011

SPIDERS~ are by far my most favorite thing to observe, photograph and learn about, so far at least


the first of my 'really good' photos of a spider
all the whilst I was learning how to take photos.

Then there are the Argiopes, a large 
group of orb weavers within themselves...high on my list
of favorite arachnids.

Black and Yellow Argiope with cicada
so you can see how large and spectacular these
arachnids are.



also called the banana spider


The Banded Argiope are also wonderful
there appear to be two species, I still need to learn
how to tell the difference...


check out his EYES, all of them




spinners at work


and weaving her web to catch a meal.. so meticulous 
and careful...like a slow dance ...


~WOLF SPIDER~
amazing, freaky and oh so large, here seen 
with her egg sac in the weeds...