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What a Storm!!

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Heavy rain fell in sheets.

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I took pictures from the picture window near the computer. I never could figure out what was in this picture besides bricks.

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The colors and designs kept me spell-bound in this one.

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Then I solved the mystery by rotating the picture above. Then it all made sense with the tree was standing upright, instead of reflecting.

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Unusual Weather

We had an odd combination of weather a few days ago, with large snow flakes and light rain falling in the morning for an hour or so.

My life is in the process of changing … so …  my creativity will probably change to a certain extent too.

Now is a sad time for me. I’m adjusting from just finding out I have Alzheimers. I will be 67 years old on May 15th.

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My mother has Alzheimers and lives at home with a rotation of three care givers.

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My father passed away from Alzheimers  in 2003. He was the electrical engineer for a local coal mine. His mother passed away from Alzheimers when I was in high school. They lived across from the high school, and I used to eat lunch with her.

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My grandfather on my mother’s side was a physics professor for the Rolla School of Mines in Missouri. His Alzheimers was slow.

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I so enjoy being outside and blogging. I plan to continue. My style might change somewhat. My grammar may not always be the best. Either way — I will enjoy, and I hope you enjoy my finds too …  so the subjects that find me won’t feel left out.

Brilliant Sunrise

I laid on the couch early one morning. It gave me a view out the front of the house where a storm was slowly approaching from the west. It was dark enough I didn’t think about it being morning yet.

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Then it dawned on me that the sun would rise behind the house at an earlier time.

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Obviously, I was glad the approaching storm woke me early.

Effects of Sunlight

The angle the sunlight enhanced the appearance of this question mark butterfly.

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Yard Residents

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The tiny frog jumped when I picked up a sandstone rock from a pile I was moving. It froze in place, confident in its camouflage. The dirt on it hid any markings it had.

I think it’s a chorus frog. My mind said “chorus frogs” when I’d hear frogs calling earlier this summer after dark.

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I first saw this kingsnake when I almost stepped on it.

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It continued on to the shrub border where it could disappear into the thick of things.

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Then yesterday, I walked toward the house and a frog jumped from the grass in front of me. It’s the same kind as the one above. The odd thing is that I don’t remember seeing these in the yard before. They were maybe an inch or so long.

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I was again moving rocks and this leopard frog jumped near me. Their call sounds like its laughing/chuckling.

Unusual Leaf Miner

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More typical leaf miner “trails” look like the ones above in a catalpa leaf.

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 Obviously, this poison ivy plant stood out with such an unusual leaf miner design.

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A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives and develops inside a leaf. This type of mine is called a “blotch mine.” Mornings it looked like it had condensation in the mine, that wasn’t there in the evenings.

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If you look close, you can see a tiny larva.

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I was actually able to easily identify it online. It’s a poison ivy leaf miner (Cameraria guttifinitella).

The cause of the dark spots or the long crease of the upper surface remain a mystery.

Growing Wings?

Now I’ve seen everything!

I was taking pictures of a beetle

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on the bark

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of the Ingram Hill Oak.

Then I looked down …

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and found wings coming out the side of the tree.

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There was no body attached or any damage to the wings.

They just looked like they were growing out the side of the tree.