Skunk Cabbage – the plant world’s modernism

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Symplocarpus foetidus one of the first flowers of spring in eastern North America.

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Every spring since I began photographing wildflowers I seek out the erotic skunk cabbage in the spring seep behind my home.

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

The shapes and colors are mesmerizing, reminding me of modernism art. 

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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Kaleidoscope

From the moment they emerge and unfurl their wings their symmetry is unmatched

Whether muted or vibrant colors the intricacy of design is mesmerizing

I am always drawn to these gentle creatures

The following photos are of those who settled just long enough for me to capture the memory

MOTHS

Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017

BUTTERFLIES

Tiger Swallowtail May 24,2017
Tiger Swallowtail May 24, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterrfly October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017

I wonder who 2018 will bring to this space?

If anyone knows either of the two unknown moths please help me!

 

 

Beginnings

A new start – the source from which something new springs forth

I love caterpillars as much as I love butterflies and moths. Their shapes and colors are astounding. But even more miraculous  is how a creature that has a multitude of legs and appears to be nothing more than a colorful sac filled with fluff can emerge to become a creature with scaled wings that flies higher than any human can jump. Take time to seek them out and smile at what Gaia has created! 

Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar

 

 

Resolution

RESOLution – resolve “firm determination to do something”

reSOLUTION – solution “the act of solving or explaining a problem”

I’ve never been one to make a resolution. I’ve always believed if one wants to change an aspect of their life you do it whatever day or time it is. Something I resolved to do on a long past day and time was to appreciate the world around me.

Those I love

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Our oldest daughter’s wedding officiated by her father. Our younger daughter was matron of honor.

And the those I fear

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

The smallest of creatures

Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower

The tallest of buildings

Austin Texas
Austin Texas

Each day presents me with a gift

I only need a moment of time to find it

a series of photographs of ice crystals on the stream behind our home

                        A magical find

January 1st, 2018

Ice crystal

ice crystals

ice crystals

ice crystal

 

ice crystals

 

ice crystals

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 ___ 

Other Side of the Stream

A ribbon of water only inches deep separates a quaffed garden from Gaia’s wild unkempt landscape.  Hidden amongst logs, within towering trees and in secluded glens her children live out their lives often unseen by human eyes.  But today the veil was lifted and for a moment in time I was invited in… Whitetail deer

Whitetail deer

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox

 

 

 

 

 

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