Butterfly, frog, Nature, quote, Uncategorized

argghhhh

Some days I feel like I am barely hanging on.

“In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.” ~Winston Churchill ~

“If you start to take Vienna – take Vienna.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

We’ve had three black swallowtails to emerge so far.  They are from the butterfly habitat; I don’t know how many went off to pupate around the garden.  I’ve been having PC and internet problems.  I can’t see other posts and like them, so just know I still like you! Reusing some pictures because of upload problems.

 

 

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Cope’s Gray Tree Frog (aka Momma Frog)
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Transformation

“Autumn wins you best by this: its mute

Appeal to sympathy for its decay.” ~ Robert Browning ~

“The changing year’s progressive plan

Proclaims mortality to man.” ~ Horace ~

A lot of changes in autumn.  Most of the dragonflies and hummingbirds have left.  Changes for me too.  I’m sure the caterpillars are not afraid when they transform into moths and butterflies.  I can’t say the same for me.

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Call me Fluffy.
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Good camo on this tickseed plant.
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Probably my last dragonfly picture for this year. Sad.

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Start out small.

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” ~Marie Curie ~

Kind of like the time it takes for radioactive decay?  8^)

I like snails and this one likes goldenrod.  The crab spider is so little!  It likes the hummingbird mint.  Both are patient with the process of life.

There are no honeybees here this summer.  It was a bad winter for the hives.

 

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snail on goldenrod

 

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Dragonflies, dragonfly, flower, garden, insects, moth, Nature, quote, Smiles, Uncategorized

The Fog

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~Oscar Wilde~ (and The Pretenders)

It is so hot and humid that when I take my camera outside the lens fogs.  I was so glad to see the hummingbird moth that I forgot to check it before I took a picture.  It usually only visits the bee balm when I don’t have my camera with me. :^(   So this would have been a good picture with the moth and the bumble bee, but it’s foggy.  I think it has it’s own unique appeal though.  What do you think?

I did get a better picture when I cleaned the lens with my shirt.  (I be all of you real photographers are cringing right now.)

Of course the dragonflies are busy with the mosquitoes in my garden.  Thank you dragonflies!

 

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Blurry Bee!

Yes, I know the bumble bee is blurry, but the bee balm came out okay!  “Always look on the bright side of life…”    It’s stuck in your head now, isn’t it?   : )

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“Some would find fault with the morning sky, if they ever got up early enough.  The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise.”    ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

 

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After the rain

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”  ~ Demosthenes ~

 

I was glad to get out and take pictures today.  The mosquitoes are ganging up on me — huge ones I’ve not seen before.  They look like Asian Tiger mosquitoes on steroids.  Maybe a cross between a mosquito and a sparrow.  I use mosquito dunks and drain everything I can think of, yet they come.  The woods are holding lots of water puddles because of all the rain we’ve had.  I can only do so much.  I’m lucky to have dragonflies to help me out.

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got milkweed

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Bee Balm
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Prince Charming is shy.
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Pretty