Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dreaming of Snow

In the shade of tall Black Oaks and Douglas-fir, the Snowberry bushes still look fresh.  That's comforting during this hot and dry summer.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Colors other than brown

 Lately most places I wander with my phone (excusing the blurriness already) are brown.  Dry and scary.  Looking forward to rain.  So, when I see a bright pink thistle, even if I've posted thistles often, it stands out, and I look for visiting arthropods, or anything else to make a particular blossom unique. The one above, found along the college walkway to the upper campus, had a small crab spider visitor.  I'd say it was no longer than 1/3"
 On a neighboring thistle, I found a skipper that was so engaged (maybe its tongue was stuck?) that it allowed me to approach to within a foot.  Thus, a great view of its tongue.  Click on the photo for a closer view.
Last, another skipper landed on a leaf of Mugwort.  Slightly blurry when enlarged, but it provides a good view of its antennae which, like butterflies, are not feathery and end in bulbous enlargements,  but unlike butterflies, have recurved hooks rather than just being spherical.  Close-up photography is incentive to notice these things and have the urge to share them.  Who knows what today will bring?

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Last Violet

Thanks to lawn sprinklers and mower blades set high, a few violets spring up on the FRC campus long after their "season" is over.

Mistletoe in August?

Year 'round, actually.  This one growing on Ponderosa Pine on Chandler Road near Cascades Trail crossing.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Damaged wing

Here's a closer view of the butterfly described in my previous post.  A hole in its left wing reveals the green foliage beneath.  It didn't seem to affect its flight capabilities.

Western Swallowtail

Western Swallowtail butterflies seem to be really abundant this August.  In my front yard, and everywhere I see flowers in front yards when I walk to town.  I wonder if they're taking advantage of the absence of competitors.  This one by Quincy Natural Foods was so engaged in sipping nectar it et me get fairy close.  With a normal, 50mm lens, I got within a couple of feet and was able to take a dozen photos without scaring it off.  Click on it and you might see a hole in one of its wings.  Reminded me of bad old days when I used to shoot them with my BB gun.

Out of season?

I took this photo as I peered over the edge of a log or board; I forgot which.  I acted quickly because I didn't want these little critters to break formation.  Was it a menage (household)? or just three beasties out for an adventure.  Anyway, the Nine-spotted Ladybird Beetle is one of my favorite photo subjects.