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...


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

a day in the garden with some new perennials and insect visitors


European paper wasp~
possibly gathering wood for it's paper nest 


Bee on yarrow~ Mining bee, Andrena


bee on yarrow~

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Asian Beetle~they pose so nicely

and they read spanish! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wolf Spider~5mm, but they grow to be VERY LARGE

Most wolf spiders live on the ground and hunt for prey at night. Their dark mottled colors help camouflage them among the leaves. Except for one genus, wolf spiders do not spin webs. Some dig burrows in the ground, others make holes under rocks, and many have no retreat at all. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

more micro lens practice~jumping spider, and very cooperative!

Harry, my new spider friend, but 
yes he now lives outside...
he is 6mm (body length)
very tiny

but what big eyes you have! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dr. Zach Loughman

Reptiles and Amphibians...

...and the Good Zoo bird feeder!
but first, my pussy willow is blooming! 

Red Bellied wood pecker coming to 
check out the disturbance
(fresh bird seed in the feeder)

Male cardinal~but a youth, 
giving me "the eye"

mama cardinal

chickadee~carolina or black capped
only they know for sure!

Dr. Loughman~excellent 
teacher and person


please read...

Colored fabric and yarn for nesting birds;

 In my Master Naturalist program,we talked about making colorful things available for birds to use for nesting,and learned, since birds see color,colorful yarns and fabrics make their nests easier to spot by predators,

so PLEASE  think about that when you offer nesting materials...try to make them more neutral and natural in color so the babies stay safe !

thank you so much for loving birds and making their lives easier!