Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We ended up taking a drive out there, but did not make it to any of the activities, we drove the 29 mile bike route through the country and fields of cranberry. When we finally got out of the car to look at them closer I have to admit, I was just a little disappointed. I had imagined them being much more bigger blooms and much more colorful field; as it was you could barely see the blooms. However, I got super excited when I saw the double winged dragonfly right next to the field we stopped at. Seems most of these cranberry fields have water canal surrounding them....they were full of dragonflies, lily pads some were even in bloom, Sand Hill Cranes and even Blue Heroins. Here are just a few pictures along the way....
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Well He's Back...maybe he got sick and decided not to come back around for a while, but I felt so sorry for him that when he came back later in the evening, when it was just getting dark, I let him stay and eat. And eat he did for over an hour, notice the feeder is full, this morning when I went out, it was empty down to the last flower. Sparky was actually pre-occupied with a stuffed bone and did not even notice him out there. I probably make more problems by doing this, but he really is cute look at this little face as he took a break from eating the sunflower seeds and came to drink some water...then went right back to the seeds.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And as usual while I was out taking pictures of the berries, I saw this flower
then I saw this beetle. The neon color really caught my eye...
I also saw a frog that I almost stepped on; a pretty nice sized mushroom, a round fuzzy thing attached to a tree limb, two beetles with the longest feelers I've ever seen mating and I also saw a few other things, but it is muggy and buggy today, the flies, mosquitoes and bees or whatever buzzes you right around your ears were really bugging me.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
It was during this time I noticed the RED of the scarlet tanager land on the tree above. Quickly I changed my focus and while I didn't get the shots I had hoped for, you know perfectly focused and lighting just right, I did manage to get this which is a little grainy and a touch out of focus but still ok I think to post.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Before we got the railroad ties moved from the front to the back yard, I was playing ball with Sparky. I went out to the yard to pick up his tennis ball and found that there was a slug on it. I thought, wow a slug, wouldn't that be interesting to photograph. So I did....
Then we moved the railroad ties, and Clayton saw this caterpillar on the fence and commented about how colorful it was with the blue spots and the orange...well we'd just moved two of the railroad ties and I needed to rest...so I rested by running in and grabbing the camera to take its picture.
Then while we were digging the dirt for our garden bin, Clayton noticed this inch worm. He was sort of spazzing out and the top part of his entire body would lift off the leaf and swing far to the right then back to the left...it did that several times, but I liked this shot of him straight on...
Then this moth I think it is, seems a little fuzzy for a butterfly, well it landed and just stayed the entire time we dug...so I had to take it's picture too...interesting look with the thin brown stripe going through the wing.
So after we finished with digging the dirt, Clayton went to the store to buy the pete-moss and the veggies to plant. While he went shopping, I went back out for another little nature walk and came across a few other critters....This spider below, name unknown and hopefully not poisonous or deadly, because they are everywhere, was just sitting here on the leave. To the right of this one was two others and we've seen them everywhere, accept for in the house...so far that is.
Then I saw a little red spot on a green leave, and at a closer look turned out to be this little cute lady bug, at least i think it's a lady bug and not some other type of ladybug looking beetle. This guys head is so amazing, seems a little different than what I'd think a lady bug head would look like, and his eyes, this little bugs got the buggiest of eyes...and they are slightly blue or a light grey...so pretty....but I also think we get infested with these guys...
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
So last night Sparky acted up again while we were watching TV, he went crazy and moaned and whined and shook, he did it all. He wanted out so bad he could hardly stand it. So I decided to put his leash on and put him in a down stay in my reclining chair which is positioned where he cannot see out the sliding glass door. I on the other hand sat on the floor in front of the window and waited...watching and waiting till I saw it for sure! It is a Raccoon! The cutest darn thing you've even seen. Sparky was being a good boy and stayed where I had put him so the raccoon decided I was not a threat and climbed up the post to my feeder.
Well I've been battling with the squirrels too since I put that feeder up, and so I only put a days worth of bird seed in it and I knew there wasn't that much left...so I let the raccoon scoop what he could get and eat away till there was none.....
OK, so this evening, it's not even dark outside, the sun was barely even starting to set, and I'm looking out the front window. I'm known to see animals all the time usually while we are hiking that actually turn out to be stumps or rocks in the end. So I said to Clayton, have you ever noticed on that tree at the end of the nub it sort of looks like a Raccoon. He replied, yeah I've noticed that too. I kept looking and I swore it was the tree, but something made me grab the binoculars and look a bit more closely. Oh my god! it was the raccoon, not just an design in the tree that looked like one. I grabbed my camera and stepped out the front door and snapped away. Check this series of shots out! We've got ourselves a little raccoon living in our tree. I've also decided to start taking in the bird feeders now; as we don't really want to encourage a yummy smorgasbord for this guy on a nightly basis.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Also Dad brought a large beak full of worms and such and shared with the mom; after that swamping of food, they both stayed and fed each of the babies.