Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Red Apples

Red apples accented in B/W photo.
Owens family farm - Jeffersonville, Ohio

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Could this be a mushroom version of a "crop circle"?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Luna Moth

Luna moths are one of the most unusual and beautiful of the North American moths. Their night flying habit and adult life span of about a week make them a rare find. This one was pretty tattered and couldn't fly which accounts for his appearance during the daytime. Adult luna moths don't eat, in fact, they don't even have a mouth. Their only purpose is to mate.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Chinese Fringe Flower

It is easy to see how the Loropetalum
received the common name - Chinese fringe flower.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Whirling Butterflies

The Gaura Lindheimeri has wispy flowering stems and bright white butterfly-shaped flowers. In a breeze they appear to be whirling butterflies, which explains the common name.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pileated Woodpecker

Some interesting trivia about the pileated woodpecker:
  • one of the largest woodpeckers in North America
  • favorite food item is the Carpenter Ant
  • was the inspiration for the cartoon character - Woody Woodpecker
  • not currently listed as a threatened or endangered species, although it is a protected species
  • is an "ecosystem engineer" Other birds as well as mammals depend on the tree cavities made by the Pileated Woodpecker for survival.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hurricane Roller Coaster

Height - 105 feet
Length - 3693 feet
Max speed - 55 mph
Turns - 14
G-Force - 3 Gs
Duration - 2 minutes
Last ride - Sept. 30 at 8 pm

This is the last summer for the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. I decided to ride the Hurricane roller coaster one last time and record a video. As the cars climbed the big hill for initial drop I had second thoughts, but it was too late. The first drop started what seemed like an endless series of bumps and shakes that seem to last longer than two minutes.
3 Gs, no wonder my camera work was a little shaky.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Unplayable Lie?

My brother-in-law, John, suggests you might want
to pull out a "tree wood" to play this ball.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Monday, August 14, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Hentzia Spider

The Hentzia spider belongs to the family of spiders commonly called jumping spiders which are characterized by a flat-faced, big-eyed appearance. They have several pairs of eyes with one pair being very large. They also have a unique, herky-jerky way of moving.

Bumblebee Moth Video

Friday, August 11, 2006

Looks Like a Flower

Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (male)
This species is quite small and have a short abdomen
relative to the very broad wings.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Leaf-footed Bug

The Leaf-footed bug is distinguished by the tibia of it's hind legs which are enlarged and flattened to look like a little leaf.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Green on Green

An Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly blends in with the holly leaves.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Friday, August 04, 2006

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

One of the group of daytime flying moths. Flight action is similar to that of a Hummingbird in that they have the ability to hover and while feeding extend their proboscis to gather nectar.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Spider du jour

Orchard Orbweavers (Leucauge venusta) are numerous in our azaelas right now. They are small (less than 1/4" body length) and have a neon iridescence that make them easier to spot in the web.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Predator Becomes the Prey

The tiny long-legged fly is a predator of thrips and aphids but also can become the prey.

Caught in the web of an Orchard Orbweaver.

Caught by an Assassin bug.