Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dallas Star Daylily

This photograph was taken 2 days ago. This is my last daylily hurrah for the year.
I bought this one in 2009. The book says "Masses of star-shaped lavender pink blooms". For this to be a very divided plant this is great, specially late in the year like this. I can't wait to see this one as the plant gets larger. It is suppose to be a mid-season bloomer, but oh well, who is complaining about beautiful daylilies in September? Not me.
It is a beautiful day outside and I have less than 2 weeks until I start working dayshift instead of evening shift....think I will go outside and enjoy God's gorgeous world.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Red Spotted Purple

I don't know why I can't ever photograph the Red Spotted Purple on a flower. They are a gorgeous butterfly.
but they are always on the ugliest backgrounds.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Variegated Fritillary and bees

Just a beautiful Variegated Fritillary Butterfly on a "beautiful flower" as Mason says as he snaps that bloom off and gives it to me.
Mason does love to pick his Granny's flowers,
but on this day the butterfly was allowed to enjoy the bloom by itself.
That is until the bee came along.
And then a second bee came along, and the butterfly was gone.
Notice the pollen sac on the 2nd bee.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Five Spotted Hawkmoth

This was a chance meeting. My driveway washed out due some heavy rains. While I was working my husband came home (works out of town) to straighten out the driveway. He called me and said we had something unusual at the 4 o'clocks. I am trying to tell him over the phone how to use my D-SLR. Which was fairly comical in itself, since he doesn't use a camera at all.Well, he was not successful. Neither was I the first night I was there at dusk.
For some reason my 4 o'clocks don't open at 4PM, but at dusk. And that is when this moth shows up. Every night apparently....at dusk.
The very worse time for photographing anything that won't stay still longer than a second.

But I did capture enough photographs to send off to Hap for his advise. I told Hap I thought it was a Carolina Sphinx. I was close in appearance, but wrong. And once Hap said it is a Five Spotted Hawkmoth I see the differences.
I don't know if this moth just comes out at night, or if it just wants the 4 o'clocks and doesn't like any of the other flowers that I have. But I have not seen it at any other time. There we were at dusk, sitting in the lawn chairs waiting on the 4 o'clocks to open. They open and less than 2 minutes later the moth shows up. What internal clocks they must have. Or kind of like when the bird feeder is empty and you fill it and instantly you have a backyard full of birds.
It was a wonderful experience and one of those times for the memory bank.
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Me at the Grove Park Inn

The Gallery of the Mountains inside the Grove Park Inn has a blog post (or two) about my greeting cards and fingerless gloves that they are now selling.
The most recent blog post is HERE.

Earlier they posted just about my greeting cards HERE.

I was surprised about the most recent post because it had not been that long since they posted about my cards. The Gallery of the Mountains is a very nice gift shop that only sells high end crafts. The Gallery is located in the Grove Park Inn, Asheville North Carolina. If you are in the Asheville area just a visit to the Grove Park Inn is worth a stop by.
I would greatly appreciate comments on their blog
from those of you that have seen my cards in person.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Clearwing Moth

This Clearwing Moth is a Snowberry. I would love to see the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth,
because it has more color than the Snowberry.
The Snowberry was in my flowerbeds for 4 or 5 days.

The one below the wings can't be seen at all,
guess that is where it got it's name.
But against the sidewalk background the wings can be seen.

If you only click on one to enlarge, it needs to be the one below.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Coneflowers and a skipper

This photograph (taken in June) makes me realize how few Skippers I have seen this year. I usually have lots of different skippers. Other than the Silver Spotted Skippers I think this is the one skipper I have seen. Very unusual around my zinnias.
Love the dew on this one.
Or maybe from the looks of this, it was rain instead of dew.
You know me, I just have to get closer and closer.

And I do have a few white Coneflowers.

Working on my card order, which makes me go through photos and decided to take a pause and post these.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fluttering Buckeyes

We have had more Buckeye butterflies at our house this year than in previous years. Since I really like the Buckeye butterflies, I have really enjoyed the additional visits.

The next one is such an unusual capture, I just had to include it here.

The Buckeye on the pale pink zinnia is so different looking.

I also posted one at my Photography By Leedra blog back on July 29.
Not many people follow me there anymore, but the Buckeye on a different color looks so different. I have been lucky enough to capture them on different flowers, including the butterfly bush in the last photo.

Notice the difference in the eyespots on this last one.

It is getting real hectic at work with all the changes going on. I am still on evenings at this time, but doing prep work for going to days. Looks like it will be the end of October before I actually go to days. I decided to go ahead and post my butterfly pictures while they are fresh, and I will visit as I get a chance.
Tuesday evening I heard from the Gallery of the Mountains (Grove Park Inn, Asheville North Carolina). They are reordering cards from me. I checked their blog and one of my cards is on their blog, posted this past Sunday.
Oh, and some more good news is, the fawn was seen on Sunday afternoon. When spooked she goes straight for the woods behind the house, and not in the direction of the highway. So maybe she will survive.
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