Mole vs. Mole Cricket

Two subterranean and rarely seen creatures have appeared on the surface lately, one just tumbling around in the yard on a warm evening, and one in a big tub of rain water.  New… Continue reading

Pineywoods Palette — November 2015

Living in the Pineywoods of East Texas, I am surrounded by shades of green all year round.  But other beautiful colors flash through the days and catch my attention.  Here are some of… Continue reading

Leading Lines, Liberally Interpreted

This is part of Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge.  The topic this week is leading lines, and the part of Cee’s post that was most helpful to me was when she said that these… Continue reading

One Point through Time – Forest Path

On the last Friday of each month, I take pictures at the same points around the farm, facing in all four directions.  Because most of the trees are pines, we don’t see a… Continue reading

My Favorite Snake

My favorite snake showed up the other morning. I love the bright turquoise stripes on this Western Ribbonsnake, and the beautiful lines it forms as it moves. The last time I saw this… Continue reading

Early November Afternoon

A wealth of wildlife this afternoon… Besides these, there were others who didn’t stay still for a picture – Eastern Bluebirds, Pine Warblers, a Ground Skink, and two small Southern Leopard Frogs.

Wasp 1, Wolf Spider 0

This wasp was moving very quickly.  I took as many pictures as I could before she hauled her prey off into the leaves. In trying to identify her, I learned that since her… Continue reading

Nodding Ladies Tresses

This is a small wild orchid, Spiranthes cernua, that blooms in fall and again in spring.  It is about the height and delicate size of lily-of-the-valley. There are several similar species, but they… Continue reading

Favorite Nature Writers – Anna Botsford Comstock

About nine years ago, I came across The Handbook of Nature Study in a used book store.  It was a 937-page book about teaching children how to study nature.  This edition was from… Continue reading

New Snake ID

Early the other morning, my husband stuck his head out the door to survey the rain, and noticed a snake on the porch.  He alerted me and I ran for the camera. The… Continue reading