Date: August 3rd, 2013 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, Birds, Design, Elements, Garden, Insects, Moths and Butterflies, Oregon, Series, Trees, Unusual Interest, USA.

Sweetgum Log, rotting center produced these shapes Sweetgum tree log, shapes produced by central rot Sweetgum tree log, shapes produced by central rot

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Earlier this year, just before the leaves came out on the eighty foot high Sweetgum tree in our yard, my husband cut it down. Any doubts we may have had about removing it as an ornamental disappeared when we saw how easily the branches snapped, and how the tree was starting to rot from the inside out. Setting the logs aside as I helped to lower them, I noticed these shapes produced by the dying core.

 

Date: November 5th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, Garden, Moths and Butterflies, orange, pink, Seasonal, Texas, USA.

Monarch butterfly on Cosmos, Lewisville, TX

 

Date: November 4th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, Garden, Insects, Moths and Butterflies, red, Seasonal, Texas, USA, yellow.

Ladybug, Lewisville, TX garden

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Butterfly seasonBeetle on sunflower

 

Date: October 8th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, California, Elements, Insects, Landscape, Moths and Butterflies, Shadows, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA.

Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees, Santa Cruz, CABlue Gum Eucalyptus trees, Santa Cruz, CA, and 2 thumbnails below: Yosemite National Park smoke from local forest fire – and – smoldering forest, Sequoia National Park, California

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Yosemite National Park smoke from local forest fireStill smoldering, Sequoia National Park, California

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Butterfly, Yosemite National Park, California

 

Date: September 22nd, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, Garden, Insects, Moths and Butterflies, Seasonal, Summer, Texas.

CamouflageWhile tidying the garden today I picked this up, and for a split second I wondered how a dead leaf could be so soft and powdery…and fluttering! If my camera would cooperate I could have taken a great macro because the moth let me get as close as I wanted. So pretty!

My old Canon AE1 would snap pictures no matter how close I got to something, but even on ‘manual’ the Canon EOS 20D will only allow me to get about 4 inches away before the shutter refuses to close. I miss my old fashioned (1980) Canon sometimes, and even the new Canon AE1s cannot compare to it. I don’t miss developing though, and the other restrictions.

 

Date: July 1st, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, Canada, Landscape, Moths and Butterflies, Seasonal, Shadows, Summer, Sunset, Travel, travel Canada, Trees, Urban and Provincial Parks, Vancouver Island.

Salt Spring Island, BC
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Arbutus, Salt Spring Island, BC, CanadaFluted Swallowtail on Salt Spring Island, BCDeodar Cedar cones look like Easter eggs, North Saanich, BC
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Arbutus trees, first thumbnail, only grow in the Pacific Northwest, here on Salt Spring Island, B.C. and in parts of China, nowhere else in the world. They are popular carve-your-name-in-the-trunk trees because the bark heals into a soft well-defined scar. A few trees on the island have been abused like this. Still, they couldn’t take the beautiful away! Groups of three and four Fluted Swallowtails spiraled in and out of the sunlight as I walked down the mountain road on Salt Spring Island. Fortunately one briefly settled on a fir tree.

 

Date: June 5th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, Garden, Heart Shapes In Nature series, heartshaped, Insects, Moths and Butterflies, Seasonal, Series, Summer, Texas, USA.

Large brown moth on Iris leaves

 

Date: May 20th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Flowers, Heart Shapes In Nature series, heartshaped, Insects, Moths and Butterflies, purple, Seasonal, Spring, Texas, Urban and State Parks, USA, wildflowers.

Swallowtail, Coppel, TXLepidoptera Papilioninae – In Andrew Brown Park, Coppell, Texas there were 20-30 Swallowtails fluttering in a small patch of wild vetch. The butterflies were nowhere else in the park except this one spot. I was mesmerized watching the flashes of black and metallic blue against the green and violet plants.

 


 

 
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