Archive for December, 2015

Nature’s Artistry

I come from an artistic family and tend to look at things differently than a non-artist does.

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I spent a lot of time this summer watching the large milkweed bugs mature.

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Now that the plant’s all dried and dispersing its seeds, it’s taken on a totally different appearance. Even the angles of the four stems add an artistic element to the design.

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The remaining fluff creates a pattern with their arrangement.

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 Then there’s the intricate design of each seed.

These pictures would look different if they were taken at different times of the day, with different angles of the sun and in different weathers.

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I won’t be posting as many blogs for a while, because I’m now in the beginning stage of shingles.

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Assassin Bugs

I went out in the middle of November to look for lichens to photograph and found this young bug on the bark of an oak tree.

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 It was a half-inch long at most. My first thought was an assassin bug because of its long beak.

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I started through my files of insect pictures and found this picture. It too has the long beak.

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Wheel bugs are an assassin bug too.

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They use their long beak to inject their prey with venom.

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I still have no definitive answer as to the species of assassin bug in the first picture.

The mystery continues.

We Had FOG!

We woke to dense fog and the temperature below freezing.

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My first thought was to get my camera and get pictures of the fog. Somehow fog becomes orbs in the pictures.

I went outside later when I saw ice on the branches of the hackberry tree by our house.

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The fog had frozen and crystallized on small surfaces like this spider web.

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It was all to small to show just how the ice had formed from teeny beads of ice.

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The drop remaining on the twig and the hanging strand were both frozen.

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This picture absolutely blew my mind. I can’t explain how this “happened” unless there were dry sections in the strand of spider silk.

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The ice’s existence all looked impossible …

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 and to stay suspended like that. If you look close in the two pictures above, you can see the spider’s silk.

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This one measured a half-inch long at the most.

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The fluff on a dried milkweed plant … well, it’s holding a lot of ice. Notice the larger ice ball on the lower right. It shows how water reverses the reflections … the sky is along the bottom.

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I took this last picture at noon to show how much fog still remained.

Staying Close to Home

Only one groundhog has been in our yard for over a month.

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It looked like it was greeting the sun on this morning.

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Now that the weather’s cooled off considerably, the groundhog spends more time basking in the afternoon sun.

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It ventures out only to eat.

My husband said this one is a female. They’re much smaller than the males.

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Here are two pictures that were taken several years ago.

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 The tangled-vine area still exists and probably remains a good food source.

Water Reflections

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Water, its reflections and shadows always amaze me.

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Could be I’m easily entertained, or that I look at things differently … more from of an artistic standpoint?

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The bending of the surface tension creates contorted line reflections

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and line shadows.

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A slight breeze animates the hodgepodge of lines and sky reflections.

These pictures were taken of my small, overgrown water garden.