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What is the meaning of round? Perfection versus a pebble or a straw of dried grass…
Oh the joy of insects! Lost to the frost! Can’t imagine what I will find to photograph for my blog now that my favorite subjects are hidden away for the winter…
Those of you who don’t care for insects are welcome to celebrate. It’s difficult to imagine how you can resist those fantastic legs and feet and antennae and…
One of my favorite sunset marks is Crainy Island in the Potomac River. south of Washington, DC. On 11/14/17 the sun set behind Crainy Island, a significant mark on my horizon view. A tiny island now, it used to be about 10 acres. A farmer moved his cows out to it in pairs of canoes, two hooves in each canoe, so they could spend the summer grazing there. Must ask my friend who paints cows if she would consider recreating the concept! Hope you can find places/ways to mark the sun’s progress also.
Here’s sunset the day before, 11/13/17.
Weird black bug with a furry red square on its back/abdomen has been enlarged A LOT. It is a Lady bug larva!!!!! Really!!!!!
The Asian lady beetle (AKA Asian Lady Bug) larva resembles a small, spiny alligator with a blue-black body and two rows of small, orange to reddish spots on its back. Newly hatched, they are about 1/8 inch long and grow to about 0.5 inches.
When fully grown, the Asian lady beetle larva molts into a pupa then transforms itself into an adult beetle. The pupa is usually attached to a leaf or other substrate near an aphid colony. The pupa is orange with black spots and similar in size and shape to the adult.
Irresistable items to buy of course!
Design to enjoy!
Native wood ducks are incredible!
Beaver in autumn leaves!
Zoo plantings are wonderful!
These two pelicans are preparing for spring! There is always something exciting going on at the zoo!
Grackles gather in the afternoon, filling the treetops! Winter is coming! I call them pepper birds because they sprinkle like pepper across the sky!
In a whirr of grackle wings and calls, they are off to their next stop!