Beyond the Veil of Night – part two

Stepping outside into the blackness I knew I was not alone

Oblong-winged Katydid
Oblong-wing Katydid

I could hear the clicks, buzzing and underlying drone of creatures all around me

Common Black Ground Beetle
Common Black Ground Beetle


I felt the wisps of silken threads brush my body

Six-spotted Orb Weaver
Six-spotted Orb Weaver


Only the flash of light from my camera brought them into view

Brownish-gray Fishing Spider
Brownish-gray Fishing Spider

Looking Into Their Eyes – A Place to Live and Grow Naturally

When we strive to provide an environment which welcomes wild creatures

Green Frog
Green Frog

We are creating not only habitats where humans and wildlife coexist

Northern Mocking Bird
Northern Mocking Bird

We are creating opportunities to look into their eyes and see

Green Frog
Green Frog
Nursery Web spider with her egg case
Nursery Web spider with her egg case

They are more than feathers

Juvenile flycatcher getting ready to fledge
Juvenile flycatchers


Eastern Garter Snake
Eastern Garter Snake

Or fur

Eastern American Grey Squirrel
Eastern American Grey Squirrel

Working in a garden that is also designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Green Bottle Fly on Daisy mum
Green Bottle fly on Daisy mum

Allows an individual the time to commune with the natural world.

Tussock moth
Tussock moth
Ribbon snake
Ribbon snake

Beauty abounds

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Tiger Lily

And life is everywhere

Mining Bee
Mining Bee


 Joy is contagious!

Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly  on parsley
Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly on Flat-leaf parsley



Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis on Coleus plant


Green frog 2014
Green Frog



Take Time to Do More than Just Smell the Flowers Certified Habitat 139,583

Beyond our need to create beautiful spaces

Deciduous azalea and ajunca

Beyond our need to have color and scent in our lives

Roses and Clematis on a split rail fence

Flowers provide a vital link in our existence

Ant on pepper blossom

Look closer at the flowering plants in your yard

Bee Fly and portulaca flower

You will be amazed at the variety and number of species that frequent your plantings

Mining  bee on Daisy mum

But even more amazing is the knowledge that without these pollinators we would not have our orchards, gardens and meditative spaces.

Astilble at the entrance to the labyrinth

Sitting quietly beside a Daisy mum in my garden I watched and captured in photos many of the creatures who frequented the plant.

Green Fly on Daisy mum

Yellow jacket on Daisy mum


Beetle on Daisy mum

Jumping Spider on Daisy mum

Spotted Cucumber beetle on Daisy mum

Waso  on Daisy mum























Take a moment in time and sit outside in a green space or garden. Choose a plant to focus your attention and watch life unfolding around you.

The Honey Bee and The Snowdrop

Many gardeners know the plight of the European honey bee – Colony collapse disorder,  workers disappear and the hive soon dies out. Many theories have been suggested and studies have been undertaken to try to understand the dynamics of this disorder.

But what can the backyard gardener do short of taking up beekeeping?  A PBS article Nature gives many suggestions including planting flowers that bloom successively. Check out the article here Silence of the Bees.

Honey Bee and Snowdrop

So our heralds of spring not only help us recover from the Winter Blues they help our pollinators live on.

Honey Bee and Snow Drop - 2

Be sure to plant an array of nectar flowers that begin to bloom once Gaia is warmed by the rays of the sun until she pulls her white blanket tight around her body once again.

Snow Drop

Honey Bee and Snow Drop - 3

Waiting For the First Pollenator

Yesterday my thoughts were of green grass and blue skies and the expansive vistas created on the garden canvas.

North facing foundation garden

Today my focus narrows and I look closer into the heart of the gardens.

Spotted Cucumber Beetle on Calendula Flower

I anxiously wait for all that fly and crawl realizing we would not be here were it not for the interconnectedness of life.

Bee on Blossom

Grasshopper and the Honey Bee

Last of the Autumn Flowers

On a cool afternoon in November the last of the Daisy mums hosted a myriad of insects.

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

Trying to glean one last taste of the their sweet nectar bees, flies and this Yellow-collared Scape Moth

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

Hung on as a wild north-westerly wind tossed around the flower stalks.

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)