Monday, July 31, 2006

Most Common Skipper

Fiery Skipper - characterized by short antennae, small black spots on the hindwings and the golden color. One of the most common and active skippers found in gardens.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Dolichopodidae (Long-Legged Fly)

Dolichopodids are small slender flies, which are usually brilliantly colored with metallic hues. They are characterized by 2 long wings and long slender legs. They are a beneficial garden insect and are a predator of mites, thrips, aphids and insect larvae.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher is a large, skulking bird of thickets and hedgerows and has one of the largest song repertoires of any North American bird. It is a relative of the Northern Mockingbird.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Two Tigers

Two Tiger Swallowtails at the butterfly bush.
The one on the right has had a rough summer.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Pair of Garden Spiders

The male garden spider is smaller than the female and builds a smaller web nearby the female's web.

Friday, July 21, 2006

What's a Dewlap?

A dewlap is a large pink fan of skin on the neck of green anoles. Male anoles will bob their heads and extend their dewlap as a territorial defense to warn an intruder or in courtship.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Pearl Crescent

The Pearl Crescent is a fairly small butterfly and one of the most common meadow butterflies.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


This wasp was identified as a Scolia nobilitata
by the folks at

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Catch of the Day

A fly caught in the web and wrapped in silk.

A two-lined spittlebug all wrapped up,

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Black-eyed Susan

A partly cloudy sky adds a nice backdrop
to this Black-eyed Susan.

Friday, July 14, 2006


Garden spiders go through several molts (shedding their exoskeleton) before they are fully grown.
Black and yellow garden spider and the shed exoskeleton.
With each molting their color becomes more pronounced.
See previous photo posted on June 24th.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pink Crape

The pink crape myrtle is blooming, it must be July.
Native to Asia, the crape myrtle is very common in the southern US,
having been introduced over 150 years ago.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Color Accent

I was testing out an interesting feature on the camera that allows you to select one color and the rest of photo is black and white. I like the effect and need to experiment with it some more.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Children and Nature

Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods, brings together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development - physical, emotional and spiritual.

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder ... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
from Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder

As a grandfather I feel an obligation to encourage my four grandchildren to explore nature and to know God's creation.

Grandpa and William explore a spider web.

Monday, July 03, 2006