What Do You Mean, Common?

Now that we have lived on the farm almost seven years, I am familiar with a lot of the plants, insects, reptiles, and birds that I see regularly.  But almost every day, I… Continue reading

Ornate Box Turtle

Our dog Harper found a box turtle in the hay pasture this week, which was a very exciting find.  While we have dozens of pond turtles, (tons of Red-eared Sliders, and a few,… Continue reading

Golden-Winged Skimmer

Isn’t that a beautiful name? This is a new dragonfly for me, the 19th species I have been able to identify here.  I am always amazed at the tiny differences that denote different… Continue reading

Curiosity Caught the Skink

During warm weather, I usually see a few skinks on my daily walk.  Mostly I just see a blur of motion, as something about the size and color of an earthworm whisks itself… Continue reading

The Return of the Red-tail

The Red-tailed Hawk was back today, and while I did not get nice sharp pictures like I did the last time it visited, I got some of it taking flight. Hawks show so… Continue reading

Snakes So Far This Year

When my dog, Harper, was younger, she barked indiscriminately at every animal she found.  Then she figured out that if it was a snake, I would make her come away from it, and… Continue reading

Biodiversity Walk May 2016

Wildlife everywhere!  But too busy to stay still for my camera.  Here are some of the creatures I spotted during a 3-hour walk. Now I’m going to cheat a little bit — I… Continue reading

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