Thursday, August 2, 2012
Flora & Fauna 2012
I thought you might enjoy some of the Nature display we get to enjoy on an ongoing basis! These are photos you have missed if you are not following us on Facebook. To follow us on Facebook, just click this link to our Facebook page and "like" us. That way you can see our photo updates week to week.
During Spring Cleaning we uncovered lots of fine specimens. We had never seen this Spotted Salamander before, and I gather from research, it is somewhat elusive. Lucky us!
The Phoebes made their annual appearance in our makeshift nesting boxes. Here is a photo of the babies right before they fledged.
Walking Sticks are very common on our porch but we have never seen one like this. The red and turquoise stripes made this one a real stand out from the regular solid green or brown variety. He was much larger as well.
This year our wrens gave us a treat by laying their eggs in a nest snuggled down in a potted plant on the front porch by the porch swing. They are used to us and put on quite a show. It was fun getting to watch the eggs appearing (one a day for five days) and then watching them hatch. The chicks were hard to photograph as they would dart back in the recesses of the nest when we grew too close.
We have a Moon Flower plant we started from seeds we brought with us from Dallas. It is finally getting mature enough to put on more than one blossom per night. This picture was taken on the night we had six flowers open all at once...beautiful and fragrant!
My favorite photos of the year have to be these three of a cicada emerging from its shell. We just happen to be out picking figs and this was happening right in front of us. It didn't take much time and Mike wished afterwards that we had shot video instead.
I know some of you are never going to get on Facebook so maybe we can have an annual show-and-tell here for you. Enjoy!
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