Twelve Days of Christmas, National Elk Refuge Style

In March of 2013, my husband and I took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we took a tour of the National Elk Refuge.  I finally got around to editing those photos,… Continue reading

Bird Species 92

There is a bird up there somewhere. Let me zoom in for you. This is very exciting — this is the 92nd species I have documented on our farm over the last 7… Continue reading

Ant Mimics

On Thanksgiving Day, I walked off the turkey by exploring my mother-in-law’s yard for wildlife.  Deep in the brush, I saw a warbler that I could never get a good look at, I… Continue reading

Green Tree Frog

Yesterday was a cool and cloudy day with the promise of rain, so I took advantage of the weather to work in the woods.  I was down in the creek bed, pulling some… Continue reading

A Sharp Dressed Bug

I found this bug yesterday, on a very decrepit goatweed plant.  I have been reading The Practical Entomologist by Rick Imes, and learning the basic insect orders, so I recognized that this is… Continue reading

Light Painting

A month ago I took two four-four photography classes.  One simple trick I learned was light painting — you put your camera on a tripod, go out in the dark with a good… Continue reading

Dinner!

Feast issues in the animal world…  

Damselflies

We have had a very warm November.  Last night we had some rain, and then a cool clear morning, but by this afternoon it was about 75 degrees again.  As I walked near… Continue reading

Wasp Mimics, Plant Toxins, Possible Dyes, and Some Really Big Words

During the summer I take way more photos of bugs than I have time to identify.  As I edit them, I print one out, mark it with the date, and toss it in… Continue reading

Beneath My Feet

Sometimes as I walk in the woods, I see a tell-tale splash of white on bark and fallen leaves, that tells me a large bird has been roosting in the tree above.  Then… Continue reading