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Guests In The Garden. September 11, 2012

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Our zinnias have been hosting some winged guests recently. I caught these images of them today:

…and:

Both of these were taken with Gizmo and a 2X Tele-Extender from twelve to fifteen feet away, allowing me to get compressed close-ups without disturbing our guests.  🙂

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We Interrupt This Festival Program… July 24, 2012

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…to bring you a weather report:

It rained today.

That might not sound like Breaking News, but really, we hadn’t had any significant rain here for over a month.  The lawn is light brown and crunches to dust when it’s walked on; crops which aren’t irrigated are withering and dying in the fields.

This dry spell has meant that I spend about two hours a day spot-watering our garden, and have thus far  saved it from ruin at the expense of having to shut off the well pump when I hear the well (it’s right next to the garden) gurgling ineffectually.

I know, “water is precious, how dare you use so much of it like that!”

Here’s how:  eating is precious too, and THIS IS HOW I GET TO EAT.  I’m a starving photographer, remember?

And along with today’s copious rain came a nice bonus – the brown, dusty landscape was washed clean, and as mists rose from the grateful fields, I got out my camera and took a short ride.

Right outside the door, the Phlox looked more vibrant:

…but sunset was approaching as the storm receded eastward, and I wanted to get to a place where the Deerfield river was more open to the road, so I fired up my chariot and headed out.

I got to where I was heading just as God smiled down on our little berg:

I got down to the water’s edge to catch this reflection:

The light faded quickly, but not before a line of clouds lit up most wonderfully:

It was a nice end to a weather event we’d been needing badly.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Ruby Tuesday – The Strange Yet Beautiful Edition! June 1, 2010

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Here are a few shots from the week, plus one I published back in July ’09, though not as a Ruby Tuesday shot.  They’re all ruboid and plantalicious, with a critter tossed into the mix.

First, a fading red peony on the Bridge of Flowers:

And then, two of our local “carnivorous” plants, some Northern Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea ):

…which sprang up in 90 degree weather early in May and got hammered by a hard freeze at mid-month, and some beautiful little sundews (Drosera rotundifolia ):

…which had the good sense to keep their heads down ’till the freeze had passed.

Actually, both of these plants are opportunistic omnivores, getting as much nutrition as they can from both the minerals and organics in their environment and the odd passing flitty-thing.  Sundews, despite having sticky pads only about a quarter-inch across, trap large-ish flying things like moths and dragon flies, whose struggles prompt uninvolved paddles to arch inward and join the fray, ensuring the fate of the hapless insect.

Don’t get me started on the tactics of the wily pitcher plant; that’s a whole ‘nother post!

And to end on a gentler note, here’s a shot of a sweet little butterfly alight on a red hawkweed blossom:

I originally posted this in July of ’09 or so, but not as a Ruby Tuesday photo, so here it is again for you Rubyphiles.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for the impetus for this fun meme!

A Blue Sky Day. April 14, 2009

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Today was fair, warm and  breezy, feeling a bit more like Spring than it has in a week:

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It looked like it, too:

colt'sfoot butterfly

Small critters stirred as hawks eyed them with terminal intent:

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When the wind finally died down, still ponds repeated the scene with startling clarity:

birch reflection

…as a mallard and his mate sunned and preened:

two ducks

Finally, high clouds slipped in as the day ended, bathing upcountry farms in a warm light:

farm with horse at sunset

All in all, it was a relaxing drive home from a good day’s work.

As Seen By Me. July 28, 2008

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Today’s flowers (yes, I know, I’m not treading any new ground here) began as fog-drenched roadside blossoms

and ended with a brief visit to Miz Lu’s dooryard, where wonders abound:

It’s always a pleasure to stop by the Rolling J Farm, whether for an anti-mosquito elixer or just for the flowers.

Fauna. June 25, 2008

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Today, Things With Wings!

A young goldfinch chirps for Mommy in a lilac hedge:

…while a nearby Eastern Tiger Swallowtail tanks up on nectar:

We have such beautiful Brothers and Sisters!

And Along Life’s Path… August 21, 2007

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…take time to smell the butterflies.

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Or something.

Yin-Yang June 20, 2007

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The Yin of Sin begets the Yang o’ That Thang.

Chased this little gal around on my knees for twenty minutes to get a piece of her ass.

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Seriously, after quite a long chase o’er hill and dale, this little beauty finally alighted on the ground and patiently allowed me to record her posterior for posterity.

Such are life’s pleasures when you’re easy, like me.