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

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

Home Sweet Home

With honeybee colonies disappearing around the world I am more than happy to welcome pollinators into the garden.

Here a group of, I believe, red-wasps have decided to evoke the right of eminent domain and claim an abandoned birdhouse.

The hornet outside appeared to be busily cleaning the insect on the right while another looked on from below.

Enjoy you day, go out and play!

A Sunshine Flower

Coltsfoot – another herald of spring in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Often before the mighty dandelion appears in yards and fields,

the yellow petals of the coltsfoot flower attract insects which have braved freezing nights to bask in the sunshine on this tiny yellow disk.

An introduced species, naive to Europe and Asia, coltsfoot is reputed to have medicinal properties.

For those interested in learning more,

Enjoy your day!