A Whole Day of Photographic Delight
On Saturday I got to spend a whole day at our place in the Texas Hill Country — with nothing to do but take pictures! What heaven!
Now since I don’t get out there much, I had to move quickly to catch all the species I could, and I didn’t have the time to set up perfect shots, but here are some ones that came out good.
It’s always nice to see the place when it’s green after a rain.
Red Satyr, Megisto rubricata.
Two Red Satyrs on a Mountain Laurel bean.
Sulphur butterfly, unknown species, on White Rock Lettuce flower.
Gray Hairstreak on Horehound.
Gray Hairstreak, Styrmon melinus, on Mealy Sage.
Robber Fly male, Efferia sp. This insect is about 2 inches (5 cm) long, about the size of a small dragonfly!
Robber Fly female, Efferia sp.
Prickly Pear cactus bloom with beetle flying off.
Close-up of the beetle. I have not been able to identify it yet.
Another Prickly Pear bloom.
Mountain Pink, Centaurium calycosum. It was windy and the front blossoms are a little blurred, but it is still a pretty flower.
Field Sparrow, Spizella pusilla.
I took this picture of a Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, through the window of the house.
I am always happy to see species that I don’t have here at home. Besides these good pictures, I got pictures of a Yellow-breasted Chat, a female Scott’s Oriole, a Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Sparrows, and a flycatcher yet to be identified. We also heard the turkeys gobbling, the quail calling “Bob White!”, and an elk bugling. It was a day to treasure.