Posts Tagged ‘leaves’

A Miniature Redbird

Buffy accompanied me out in the backyard, to walk around and see what we could see.

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I must say I’ve never seen a red bird such as this one. It’s actually made of leaves, and is perched high in the pine tree in my backyard. I can’t imagine the chances of leaves “making a bird,” especially one with an eye, white eye ring, both beaks and a long tongue. Now I need a name for it. Obviously, it has to be a new species.

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  I couldn’t see the details in this picture from a distance, and I didn’t see them until I got the picture in the blog.

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 Now I need a name for it … because it must be a new species.

 

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A Katydid

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The small size of the wings indicated this was a young katydid. The body was about an inch long.

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  It’s also known as a long-horned grasshopper because of the length of its antennae.

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 Its diet consists of  leaves, flowers, bark and seeds.

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  The length of its antennae also distinguishes it from a grasshopper.

It was so nice of it to pose for me.

Shadowy Trees

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I’ve debated with myself on whether to post pictures of trees with light and shadow patterns on their trunks. The wind and/or breezes blow the leaves and branches back and forth, adding movement to the shadow designs.

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The changing positions of the sun change the shadows. For some reason the wind moving the shadows fascinates me.  I wonder if the wind is sometimes involved. There could be a request for slight movements or different degrees of active. Their positions are on the trunks on the east side in the morning and the west in the afternoon. They are so varied and become mesmerizing.

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I wonder if anything can be “read” into the shadow designs? Is it a secret language? Maybe the earth made a request from the sun for some reason. Or it could be a kind of writing, and then the tree does what it’s meant to do.

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The messages could travel inside the trunk,

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and either down into the earth, or up and out into the sky.

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  This would then transfer the energies to where they’re requested.

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… Then there’s the huge oak across the highway. It definitely has a position of distinction. It could be transferring the energies and/or messages to where they’re requested.

 The highway department recently cut of several long limbs so they wouldn’t fall on the highway. That upset me. It’s such a huge majestic tree.

My husband stepped it off, and the crown spread of the tree is 35 yards.

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 The base of the oak grows at the top of a little slope, only feet from the highway. It must receive messages for itself  and then send them to where they’re requested.

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The oak grows directly across the highway from our kitchen. I’m definitely attached to it after living across from it for 40 years.

 This makes me curious about the spirit world and their possible activities.

… and I will continue to watch the shadows on the tree trunks.

Tiny Reflections

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I’ve had a fascination with reflections on water for a long time.

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Even the smallest beads of water have reflections, designs and distortion.

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It’s the leaves surrounding it and the sky that reflect on this drop of water.

 

Aphids and More Aphids

I don’t remember exactly when this all started. I started a drive through the country one morning. I turned into the sunlight. My windshield was a mess. I turned on the window washer … no fluid. It only smeared the “mess.” I poured some of my green tea on it. No luck. I poured some on a glove and no luck there either.

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Then I started seeing the sticky gunk on several surfaces. The sap was falling from the three large hackberry trees in our backyard.

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The shifting of these iris leaves shows the results of the sap.

Obviously, I started researching the problem.

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Well, it turns out that woolly aphids feed on the sap in the hackberry leaves.

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The sap goes through them and out. Guess you could call the sticky mess “secondhand sap.”

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Everything under the trees becomes sticky.

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Then dust, anything falling sticks to the sap. Luckily, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this happen.

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Then while all the above was going on, the leaves turned splotchy and yellow on the hackberry beside the barn.

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Lace bugs (which I’ve never heard of) apparently are sap-feeding bugs.

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They pierce the under side of the leaf with their sucking mouth parts Their feeding causes the bleached appearance.

What a year for the hackberry trees!

Three Trilliums

Trilliums all share the same characteristics.

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They have three leaves,

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and three sepals that protect the flower while it’s still in the bud.

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Nodding white trillium (Trillium flexipes) has six stamens (with the pollen) with the pistil in the center.

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Purple trillium (Trillium recurvatum)

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Yellow trillium (Trillium luteum). This one was a gift from a friend a few years ago. I’ve never seen them growing naturally in southern Illinois.

Bloodroot

I photographed these bloodroot flowers on April 1, with plans of taking more pictures later. It rained for three days.  I’d completely forgotten about them until it was too late, and all that were going to bloom had already done it.

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) blooms March into April here in southern Illinois. Each flower is 1 1/2 inches wide and lasts for only one day.

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Not every plant blooms. The leaves can grow to eight inches across and will remain until the middle of the summer.