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Sunday, November 9, 2008

MTM; Louisiana in Autumn & Bird News

Photos from in & around our yard the other day.

Honeybee on asters.

Unfortunately most of the fall colors in our area come from the highly invasive Chinese tallow trees.

A variegated fritillary.

More Chinese tallow trees.

Potter wasp on asters. (Thanks to Nina & Marvin for the wasp ID!)

Purple asters & goldenrod.

Little wood satyr butterfly.

I dreamt last night that the chipping sparrows (Winter visitors to our area,) were back in force. Ironically, this morning I saw my first one (this year,) at our feeders.

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41 comments:

Tide Turn said...

Nice to see some summer flowers. Really like the way you've framed the shots with the insects - find that tricky.

Travis said...

The creatures and plant life that surrounds you are always fascinating. Sometimes a bit scary, but always interesting.

Dave Coulter said...

I love the combination of asters and goldenrods! :)

Chrissy said...

Great photographs and very pretty butterflies. Ours are gone now, together with most of the flowers. we have had frost!

Doson said...

Chinese Tallow Trees.. Butterflies... Honey Bees...
They are beautiful..

Looking all these photos makes me homesick. I can recollect my childhood days. :(

Tom said...

Nice nature pics, Lana- These reminded me of what it was like here a month ago. We are almost leafless now. And our chipping sparrows have left and have come to visit you. Ironically, I saw my first Junco today, one of our winter visitors here in Ohio.

Tom

debra said...

Lovely photos, as always, Lana. The goldfinches were here yesterday. I'll see if they're here tomorrow since we're expecting snow. I know you're ready for them.

Rick said...

Someday, sometime, Lana, you'll have to share with us your early days as a photographer and artist. Have you always seen such beauty in the world?

ChrisEldin said...

THe mystery wasp looks an awful lot like these mystery bugs that keep hanging out around our porch. THey'r a deep deep violet color, and shaped like that. We thought they were flying ants?
We're new to the country, so they could've been flying worms also..

Mary said...

Such wonderful scenes you have captured! Thanks for sharing.

Tabib said...

I that Mystery wasp on asters.
Very good macro work.
The other pictures are pretty too.

Erik Donald France said...

Wow, gorgeous.

By contrast, Detroit got a little blast of snow last night and tonight ;->

nina said...

That mystery wasp looks like a potter wasp?
I had their neat tiny pot-shaped nests in the yard this summer.

It's nice to see you're still so warm and buggy!

PhoenixBlogger said...

Wonderful Photo shots. Great eye and observation. Nice colors, brightness and style.

Keep it up.

Phoenix2life

Speedcat Hollydale said...

Wow ... these photos jump right out at you. Very nice !!!

Marvin said...

Your yard is much more active than ours -- and you've done a wonderful job of capturing it's activity. We've still got a few scraggly wildflowers and sluggish insects, but the Ozarks are well on their way into a winter's nap.

I agree with Nina about the wasp being a potter or mason wasp -- probably a female, but I can't tell for certain. See what you think about Eumenes fraternus.

Sidney said...

Great pics all around! Love the butterfly on the rock.

Travis Erwin said...

Great shots. I spent some time out innthe woods yesterday myself. Yes. I was stalking meat for the freezer and while i failed at that I did enjoy nature at its finest.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Interesting how a plant that can be beautiful in ones and two, takes on a different feeling when it takes over a landscape.

David Cranmer said...

These are some beautiful shots. I have been working in your state for a few months now and my wife and I have, in particular, enjoyed the nature. There's a park close by where we walk the trail almost daily.

Jenny Jill said...

Our insects have gone. The goldfinches have changed their yellow summer coats for olive green. The snow is falling and I cannot see the other side of the lake.
But I remember Fall!
Thanks for those! (I looked up your state on the map. No wonder you still have beautiful bugs!)

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Lana, great photos and post!!! You're an intuitive. :D Not surprised because you are so close to nature.

Good morning, dear.

Hugs, JJ

Michelle (artscapes) said...

I love the pictures - especially because now I look out the window to nothing but white.... :-) It will be a long time before butterflies again!

Charles Gramlich said...

Wish I'd been with you on this walk. You take such incredible photos. Really shows me the beauty of our own yard.

Bird said...

Beautiful insect pics - our weather has finally turned to winter so I doubt we'll be seeing any butterflies for a few months now. I'm glad I can come and see yours!

Lisa said...

That is so cool that you dreamt of the sparrows! Beautiful shots, as usual, Lana!

Barbara Martin said...

Perfect photos as always. Loved the flowers and the butterflies.

Scott said...

Lana, nice pictures as always. Thanks for sharing!

letspaintnature.com said...

Terrific pics! I love those butterflies, they're so cute!

umbultech said...

Wonderful collections...i really like this one

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks for the kind comments, all!

julie; Believe me, the insect shots were not easy! Had you seen me trying to keep up with them as they flitted from flower to flower you would have laughed. Not to mention my fatal allergy, that makes me jumpy about the whole thing, too.

doson; Sounds like you need to arrange a trip home at some point in the near future.

tom; I had a junco last Winter, too. Am hoping (s)he comes back this year again (& brings friends.) Our lone chipping sparrow became 5 yesterday. Today I'm sure it'll be even more. :)

rick; I've dabbled in photography for much of the past 10 years, so I guess you're seeing "the early years." *L* As for art, the early years started in 2nd grade, when I was inspired by my art teacher's poster of a unicorn. Most of my early art was of fantasy subjects (particularly dragons,) fueled by rage due to abuse. I find my subjects & colors much more soothing these days.

chris e; *LOL @ flying worms!*

erik; Ewwwww...you said "sn*w!" ;)

travis e; Awesome on spending time in nature, regardless of your stalking results!

jenny; Yeah, we're way down here in the subtropics, to my delight. :)

lisa; I guess my subconscious knew it was getting to be that time of year. Still, yes, it was kind of neat!

Lana Gramlich said...

umbultech; I tried to visit your blog, but got an "operation aborted" IE shutdown when I clicked on a post.

roadgurl5 said...

Nice closeups of the insects! And that tallow may be a pain, but it does have nice color.

Lana Gramlich said...

roadgurl5; Thanks! Unfortunately the tallow (which is hard to stop,) is crowding out endangered, native species, so as lovely as it is, it still shouldn't be tolerated.

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

So if I dream of, let's say, our first Red-bellied Woodpecker at the house, it might come?
Welcome to your chippies!

Doson said...

@lana
4 months away from home.. Ufff.. I really need a break :( 16 months later

Lana Gramlich said...

zen; You never know! ;) I'm going to be washing the back windows again soon, so I can get some pictures of this year's Winter visitors.

doson; I hear you. I'm long overdue for a trip back to Canada, myself (although I love my new home down here, too.)

lyzzydee said...

I always learn something from your posts, beautiful photos!!

Lana Gramlich said...

lyzzydee; Thank you kindly. :)

Natural said...

second picture is really great. would make a nice painting.

Lana Gramlich said...

nw; Yes, thank you. I took many of these pictures with that idea in mind...

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