Posts Tagged ‘iris’

Me and My Shadow

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Here’s an Indian pink flower (spigelia marilandica) with a shadow of itself.

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The position of the sun determines the angle and the size of the flower’s shadow.

The combination of the flower stalks and the dark shadows mirroring it makes an interesting composition.

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Morning Explorations

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I initially went outside to take a few poppy pictures.

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This iris is a family heirloom from my grandmother. Several of them attracted ants.

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The immature male white-tailed skimmer (Libellula lydia) flew out occasionally hawking insects.

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 I first thought it was an eastern-tailed blue butterfly and soon realized it was a spring azure (Celastrina argiolus ladon).

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A red-eared slider was crossing our front yard, heading toward the highway.

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It posed for pictures. Friday traffic was too heavy for me to carry it across the highway. I didn’t see which direction it ended up heading.

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Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) is a perennial that grows in low moist woods, ravines or stream banks.

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Spiderwort (Trandescantia sp.) is a wildflower too.

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This iris was bent over and hidden under an area with dense growth.

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Grandfather’s rose is a family heirloom. It was given to my grandmother when my mother was born in 1929.

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A “whoop” practically echoed over the yard when I found the first cluster of catalpa hornworm eggs. The immature stages of the caterpillars, plus all the predators they attract, make for interesting caterpillar watching.

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This dragonfly did cooperate for pictures. I think it’s a juvenile blue dasher.

An hour sure can pass quickly when I’m having fun.

Gone too Soon

Some flowers don’t bloom as long as I’d like them to.

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This iris is a family heirloom.

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