Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

Historic Homes of Southport

These homes were originally built from 1800 to 1894 in a forest of live oak trees.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Daytrip to Southport

The city of Southport, NC overlooks the Cape Fear River at its mouth to the Atlantic Ocean.

Live oak trees are everywhere.

A casual lunch at the Provision Co. overlooking the Southport Yacht Basin.

Tomorrow I will post a slideshow of some the historic homes in Southport.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Peace and Tranquility

A morning walk over the salt marshes.
Vereen Memorial Park. Little River, SC.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Two of a Kind

A pair of Red-banded Hairstreaks on Shasta daisies.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

An Emu for You

at the Waccatee Zoo

I have read that the emu is a survivor of prehistoric times and I can believe it.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Daisy Visitor

A Red-banded Hairstreak visits the first Shasta daisy bloom.

using its proboscis to probe for nectar

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets are small, white herons that are distinguished from the Great Egret by their smaller size, black legs and yellow feet.

Lunch time

Watching for the next meal

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I really don't like alligators and the last football and basketball seasons have not helped my feelings about them.

Freshwater Lagoon
Huntington Beach State Park

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Painted Buntings

These Painted Buntings were spotted at a feeder at Huntington Beach State Park. The male is multi-colored and the female is all green.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Least Tern

A Least Tern at the freshwater lagoon at Huntington Beach State Park.

Video clip of a Least Tern diving into the water for a fish.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Coastal Birding

This week I attended a coastal birding program at Huntington Beach State Park. Local birder, Phil Turner, did a great job educating the dozen participants from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana. Some of the birds we saw included: Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Wood Stork, Osprey, Painted Bunting and Least Tern.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Gaura Lindheimeri

Commonly known as "whirling butterflies" because their blossoms of four petals resemble a butterfly.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What is It?

I sent this photo to for help in identification. Within an hour I had a response and found out that it was a ladybug larva. This is one of stages in the life of a ladybug. Here is a chart on the life cycle of a ladybug that I found at

Monday, June 04, 2007


A few petals coming out the top of a purple coneflower bloom.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Yarrow has a long history as a powerful 'healing herb' used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from mythical Greek character, Achilles , who reportedly carried it with his army to treat battle wounds.