Spectacular Spiders

A Halloween harbinger 

Spinning a web in darkness

Silken strands 

Caught in my hair

orb spider web

Orb spider

Orb spider in black and white

Spider in barn

Spider

Spider web with dew

Spiders in a garage Austin Texas

___Happy Halloween     Happy Halloween       Happy Halloween       Happy Halloween ___ 

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Beauty in the Details

Look closely and see what is often overlooked…

Three simple eyes that guide a bee to its nest

Five eyes of a  Carpenter bee
Five eyes of a Carpenter bee

Feet with suction cups that allow security when holding tightly to a leaf

Caterillar on goldenrod leaf
Caterpillar on goldenrod leaf

A discarded skin that nourishes the body

Black swallowtail caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar eating its shed skin

A covering that allows flight

Feathers of a Mourning dove
Feathers of a Mourning dove

Hundreds of individual petals that make up a whole

Colorful mums

Sweeping vistas may be astounding but let us never ignore the beauty in the often overlooked 

Acorns

Life in the Garden

AS A GARDEN AGES – LIFE INCREASES

The labyrinth in summer
The labyrinth in summer

WHAT BEGAN AS A FEW PLANTS HAS TRANSFORMED INTO AN OASIS

Newest pollinator native plant garden
Newest pollinator native plant garden
Terraced garden behind home
Twelve years ago this did not exist. It was a grass slope up to the steps. What will the pollinator garden look like in twelve years?

A REFUGE FOR ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Twin fawns
Twin fawns

 

Native bee on white cone flower
Native bee on our native Echinacea

TAKE A MOMENT, LOOK CLOSELY AT A FLOWER, LOOK TO THE TREES …

Sweat bee on native Turk's Cap lily
Sweat bee on native Turk’s Cap lily
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

 

Long Time Gone

The last time I shared the life of the gardens nighttime temperatures were below freezing and there was snow on the ground.

Now windows are opened both day and night while the cacophony of bird songs overwhelm one’s sense of hearing.

Babies are born, flowers grow and vegetables harvested.

The gardens are another year older as are its inhabitants …

Parrot Tulip 2017
Parrot Tulip
Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Robin family
Robin family
Baltimore butterfly
Baltimore butterfly
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail rasbbit
Eastern Cottontail rabbit

 

 

Splashes of Color in an Otherwise Neutral Landscape

Winter –

img_1679If there is snow we see a season of white

Otherwise we see shades of brown and gray

But walk slowly and look closely

and you will see colors of spring and summer

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The Eyes are the Window to the Soul

When William Shakespeare saidThe Eyes are the window to your soul, he was no doubt talking about the human soul. To equate a soul to an animal can become quite a contentious debate. Having spent my adult life in stewardship to our Mother Earth I absolutely believe all her children have souls. When I look into their eyes I see their connection to the earth, an understanding of this place they call home. Their connection is often deeper than ours. They are part of a web many of us have turned away from. Take a moment and try to connect as they do.

 

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Maddie and her pumpkin

 

Eastern  Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake
american-toad
American Toad
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Nursery Web Spider carrying her egg case
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Red Tail Hawk