Monday, September 29, 2008

Autumn Sun ..Join the Open House too!!

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Mourning Doves enjoying the sun

Mantis likes THIS tasty sort of butterfly.

Can you see the butterfly wing just about in the shade?? It's not a fresh one.. but Mantis had just eaten off his soft head when I snapped this picture. I reached down and Mantis snapped at ME!! I'm soft & fleshy too..EEEK

Another shot..see the wing above???
A Walking Stick ..hubby took these pics

Ctenomorpha chronus
Scientific classification
PhasmatodeaJacobson & Bianchi, 1902
The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States of America), phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The ordinal name is derived from the Greek "phasma" meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot. A few species (for example those in the genus Anisomorpha) are capable of secreting a substance from glands on the metathorax that can cause an intense burning irritation of the eyes (and in some cases temporary blindness) and mouth of potential predators on contact.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Welcome Autumn

I noticed the leaves have just started to change colors, oh I love Autumn

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mantis & His Shadow

Last evening the sun was going down & so bright I saw this Praying Mantis on our screen. I love how the shadow shows up. He looks like he's ready to enter the Boxing Ring.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Close Encounter

Me before chemo..Cancer SUCKS~~~

 A sweet little Nuthatch hit the window and fell into a pot of 
plants today. I went out to rescue him.  He was SO scared when
I first picked him up, but as I soothed him and talked to him,
he started looking at me ..and seemed he was listening..
Just after hubby snapped this picture, my sweet bird friend
flew off to a nearby Hickory Tree.  PLEASE pardon my appearance, 
this is my post chemotherapy look..LOL
I promise I "clean up nice"

We had rain for days, this guy just rested on our house above the deck.

The raindrops visible on the wood.

The hummers were out today ..Sunday ..after the rain subsided..the daylight was
slipping away and the pictures aren't sharp.. He kept buzzing by my head.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Nature Walk

On Sunday, when I didn't have my camera..35 turkeys crossed the road where I found this turkey feather today.

Goldenrod at the roadside

A lovely butterfly

I stole an apple on the way back home, it was juicy and crisp. I hope I don't steal one every day.


Friday, September 05, 2008

A Bit of Trumpet Vine

on the fence, for my sweet hummingbirds.