The Emotional Life of Lizards

Here in the Houston area, we have these little anole lizards everywhere, basking on fence posts, leaping through rose bushes, surveying their lizardly kingdoms from tree trunks.   I have lived here for almost… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Host and Guests – Showy Primrose

Who is out and about in the Showy Primrose flowers? Another great nymph photo on BugGuide.net. This beetle is named for the Stillingia plant it is often found on. More information about it… Continue reading

I See Where You Get Your Good Looks

The other day I spotted these ornate caterpillars while I was weeding the garden. I was able to find out that they are the larvae of the Common Buckeye, which seems apt, because… Continue reading

Questions and Answers

Biodiversity Walk April 2016

Early in each month, I take a walk and see how many different species I can spy in an hour or two.  Here are some of the ones who held still for the… Continue reading

A Target-Rich Environment

Walking down by the creek today, I hardly knew where to turn my camera. All kinds of creatures were buzzing and fluttering around, and the light was perfect.

Bowl-and-Doily Spider

While I was researching the Nursery Web Spider, I came across information on the Bowl-and-Doily Spider, a name which is sure to catch the attention of a textile aficionado such as myself!  From… Continue reading

The Joys of Out-dated Reference Books

The other day, I was walking in the woods and noticed this spider in the top of a young pine tree.  I couldn’t tell whether it had caught and eaten something, or it… Continue reading

Dragonfly in Profile

These large dragonflies usually zoom back and forth across the pasture in continuous motion.  The other day, one stopped for a minute and perched on a T-post long enough for me to get… Continue reading