Super Moon, Night Two

I had so much fun photographing in the dark on Monday night, that I went back out last night. First of all, I noticed two fish, stationary in the shallows of our pond. … Continue reading

While Waiting for the Super Moon…

…I noticed insects utilizing the dog fennel plants. Dog fennel, also known as Yankee weed, looks lovely and feathery in the summer, like asparagus fern.  But this time of year it looks blowsy… Continue reading

Hill Country Butterflies and Friends

Over the weekend, we went to a friend’s wedding, which was held in a grove of oak trees on a ranch near Austin.  The location was phenomenal, the weather cooperated, and it was… Continue reading

Bird Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz on out-dated bird names, as found in a 1988 US government report. 1 — burrion goes with picture E, the House Finch.  (This is a female.) … Continue reading

So You Think You Know Your Bird Names

I love complicated and ridiculous bird names — Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, and Flammulated Owl are a few of my favorites. But when I am reading very old bird books, I sometimes come… Continue reading

Rare Reflections

Nightly Forest Report

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles, in May of 2014.  When I started this blog about nature, I thought it fit better here.  I have… Continue reading

Upset But Not Alone

   

Caterpillars and Moths

We are having a warm fall, and I found two caterpillars late in October. I was excited to find this caterpillar munching on one of our invasive trees, the Chinese tallow.  If I… Continue reading

If I Could Translate Grasshopper into English

  Of course I did release this grasshopper as soon as I had some good pictures.  She was ID’d for me at BugGuide.net as an American Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca americana, part of the… Continue reading