MORNING GLORIES STAY UP LATE

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Who ever heard of morning glories blooming at 6 PM?

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Still going strong at 7 PM after sunset!

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Here’s one curling up to go to bed (upper right) and another ready to pop open tomorrow (lower left). Last year I started getting up at 4 AM to try to find out when they opened. Guess it’s time to check when they open again! Is it the sun or the changing season that alters their pattern? Do they stay open same length of time each day or longer now that it is cooler? Please send your observations and sign up to be notified about my nature blog!

GARDEN SPIDER MOVES IN!

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Meet our Garden spider! We have been watching her for 5 days.

 

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From below, you can see a reddish-brown spot. That is the spinneret (where the silk is produced) by the Garden Spider. I’ll try to get a picture in better focus… She pulls the silk out with her hind leg and attaches it to create her orb-style web.

She is also known as the Zipper spider. We’re going to follow her adventures for as long as she stays here. The question is, what is the zipper for? Please send your thoughts!!!

 

FROG DISCOVERS TEXTILE ART

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Visiting friend wearing fabulous French scarf meets visiting frog!

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Frog thoroughly examines scarf texture and design. Not something he is used to seeing! But he is comfortable on French scarf because his legs are too skinny to be featured on a French restaurant’s menu.

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It was such an overwhelming adventure he had to sit and think for awhile!

Please don’t tell him I asked, but have  you ever eaten frog legs?

DRAGONFLY SHOWS HIS AGE!

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This is an elderly male Widow Skimmer. Note the worn, torn wing edges from weeks of flying and constant encounters with branches,thorns and maybe even birds. The white marks on the abdomen and shoulders of thorax were once black. He’s obviously doing fine because he is eating a tiny green beetle!

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Compare to a young male Common Whitetail. Undamaged wing edges. Thorax and abdomen unmarred. Notice the different colors and patterns on the different dragons!

Have you seen many dragonflies this summer? We think there are a lot this year!

DO WE THANK BEES FOR FLOWERS OR FLOWERS FOR BEES?

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Or do we thank sunlight for color?

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Climbing through a Chinese fir they create Christmas in September!

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I love leaves too!

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Jumping spiders don’t need webs!

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The pink spots remained when morning raindrops dried!

I am thankful for bees and flowers and raindrops and for your thoughts!