The Gift of Snow

It’s lovely to get a light touch of winter.

Weird Science

I love to read old books written by naturalists.  When I am reading about, for example, a woman riding out on horseback to spend a long lazy afternoon watching the nesting habits of… Continue reading

Praying Mantis

Quite often while we are out doing yard work, my husband will stop what he is doing and bring me a bug.  I almost always have my camera with me and I stop… Continue reading

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge — As the Crow Considers Flying

While traveling through Nova Scotia last week, I noticed these crows having issues with directions. The only thing they could agree on was that they would be happy to be part of Cee’s… Continue reading

Robber Flies

There is something about mimic insects that I just love, the way they think they are fooling everyone. If you watch a real bee, it is always working, zipping from blossom to blossom,… Continue reading

Host and Guests – Texas Dandelion

While gathering flowers for dye, I found a lot of different insects using the Texas Dandelion as a host plant.  You can click on the images to see them larger. If you would… Continue reading

Tonight’s Performance

Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight we are honored to bring you…  (cue music from “Rocky.”)   Vultro il Magnifico!   Defying death while he perilously balances on the frailest of fallen logs… Risking wing… Continue reading

April 2017 on the Farm

We are having a lovely spring with a long period of cool weather.  We still have lots of butterflies around, the dewberries are already ripening, and a few bumble bees are showing up.… Continue reading

Smith Oaks Rookery

Six years ago I went on a birding bus trip and got to see the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island, Texas.  It was amazing to see of hundreds of giant nests stacked… Continue reading

Basking with the Butterflies

Only recently have I noticed that different species of butterflies have different travel patterns and favorite locations. Goatweed Butterflies fly like birds – quick, direct, like they have somewhere to get in a… Continue reading