Archive for the ‘flora friendly’ Category

Petal Power: Sweet Scent   11 comments


The smell of spring wafts in the wind.    Smell that Smell: Sweet

 

Here are a few of the aromatic blossoms in our gardens.    Popping Azaleas 

 

Gentle beauty

 

Red tulips

 

 

 

 

Yellow center Tulip in Red

 

 

 

Lingering tulip blossom

 

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Flowers On A Sunny Day   14 comments


After all the much-needed rain, we have a sunny day! Brightly colored flowers are finally in bloom in our gardens.

Yellow Soft Petals   Purple Bearded Iris

 

 

 

Delicate Iris

 

 

Spy the spider?  Barely visible is a tiny spider hiding from my camera.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Time To Bug Out Photograghy: February   20 comments


Details matter. Nature’s attention to the insect world never ceases to delight.

Round Headed Boroers Larva

While chopping firewood, the strange-looking larvae start to drop from holes in the center of the hickory tree. The birds seem to relish in the special winter delicacy as if someone lifted the top off an aromatic pot of soup.

Winter housing busted for round headed borers larva

The hidden larva is from the Cerambycidae family. The Round Headed Borers larva is a new species for me to observe.

Hickory tree feeders:The Round Headed Borers larva

The orange spots add great color.

All sized Round Headed Borers larva   The various sizes do not matter to the birds. A tiny wren took flight and dropped the fatted larva food about five times before settling in to eat.

Looking through the larva tunnal

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Color Splashes: Art from Art   36 comments


The painted chair is curing rapidly with the warm weather. Surveying the area I soon start finding the accidental art created from my project.

Art by accident:In color This is one of my favorite chair project by-product! The sun came out with perfect timing to capture the shadows from the grass blades.

 

 

Nature Painted Brightly

Paint splattered fun

 

Winter leaves in color  Layers of various paints make a beautiful fallen leaf brilliantly fun!

 

Colored by Art

 

 

Tiny Art: Big Color    I really like this small art piece!

 

Grounded Art with a Nut  Art on earth makes for great photos!

 

 

Paint Flow

 

I am still finding bits of art unexpected and have painted many leaves on this sunny January day. I am not sure what I will do with them other than enjoying the experience.

 

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Bright Green Cocoon: Crab Spider   8 comments


It seems cocoons are in season.    Bright green cocoon formed by a crab spider

 

I notice a bright green cocoon on the back of a dead plumeria leaf.   Crab Spider cocoon on plumeria leaf

 

 

Crab Spider in web  In October I took the only picture I have of a crab spider. I wish the details of the spider herself were more visible.

 

Crab spider cocoon in color

 

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Japanese Persimmons: A Magical Fruit   43 comments


Yesterday I tasted my very first Japanese persimmon. ripe Japanese persimmon

This colorful fruit rules! I have never seen such large persimmons. You have to taste one of nature’s best desserts.

 

Flesh of the Japanese persimmon

 

The tree bows to the ripened persimmons.   Japanese persimmon tree laden with fruit

Plump ripe Japanese persimmon

 

The ants can have this persimmon for themselves.

 

Low hanging fruit: the Japanese persimmon

 

Thanks to our vet for sharing his bounty of yummy fruit! Dr. John you rock!  Persimmons ready to eat

 

Dr. John and his staff have a neat office pet that allows me a photo or two.

 

Our vet's office lizard pet

Lucky little lizard!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree   28 comments


Since the candy canes melted all over our tree decorations back in 1997, we haven’t bothered with a  Christmas tree. On a whim, we decided to put up our own Charlie Brown kind of tree last Thursday.

 

Our GA pine Charlie Brown Christmas tree

We cleaned out a corner of the living room and went to find the perfect tree. The perfect tree is the first one I saw. Easy! After finding a tall and wide vase and round stones to stabilize the tree, we begin to rummage around the house for the tree decor. We find cardboard and foil for the star and man in the moon and use three bits of foil to create round ornaments using paper clips to hang them with care. Large gaudy earrings make great light weight sparkle. I find sewing notions in red and gold to drape on the tree. Some saved silver ribbon gift packaging works great for tinsel. The tree skirt is an unfinished quilt piece. We also found three small ribbon and a few bits of fake holly leaves and berries to add to the tree.

 

An on the fly Charlie Brown Christmas tree

 

Otis under the Charlie brown xmas tree

 

Otis is proud of his first Christmas with us!

 

A hound dog under the xmas tree  This is our ‘dog chair’; we don’t care how it looks.

 

I decided to make some paper candy canes for our little Charlie Brown tree.

 

Alvin and our Charlie Brown xmas tree with the Tink

 

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Outside Friday   50 comments


Macon is warm for this time of year. Yesterday I found plenty of great photo ops.

Tree frogs in elephant ear plant

Cold will soon be here. While cutting back the elephant ear plants, I find a couple of tree frogs enjoying the last of the sunny weather.

 

Green tree frog

Tree frogs are common in this area. I still get excited to discover them!

 

Treefrog with yellow spots

 

After cutting back the large leaves of the elephant ear plant, I smell an unpleasant odor. Not wanting to step in poo, I scan the ground for the offending odor.

 

A Stinkhorn Mushroom

 

Instead of poo, I find a variety of a stinkhorn mushroom. The mushrooms excrete a stinkhorn slime for the attraction of flies.

 

Stinkhorn Mushroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large female praying mantis sits on a twig for a photo session.

 

Female Praying Mantis

Relax with a female praying mantis

 

Chillin' Praying Mantis

 

Sunning Praying Mantis

After harassing the poor female praying mantis, I finish my pics for the day on a sweet note.

 

Pink rose in the spotlight

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

Do Onions Make You Cry?   30 comments


Me just being me has all manner of experiments in various stages in my house and in our garden as well. Meet Mr. Onion Face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after 10 days of having my Mr. Onion Face on the counter, it was time to take farewell photos before the trip to the compost bin. Plus the gnats and smell is not very appealing.

 

 

 

The rotting tomatoes adds a little flair to the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

Time for the next phase for Mr. Onion Face. Let me introduce you to Seymour, our compost bin. Goodbye, dear friend.

 

 

 

Enjoy your day!

Carrots with Personality   39 comments


We love carrots!

In addition to the health benefits of carrots, they also dazzle me. The carrots above look to be dancing under water.

 

 

 

Purple carrots are a garden novelty and taste great.

 

Lucca is a great little helper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found another neat carrot combo.

 

 

 

We have a few more carrots in the garden. I hope they bond before I harvest.

 

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