Archive for July, 2010

31
Jul
10

a few assorted wildflowers

Musk Mallow

Wild Bergamot

Grass of Parnassus

Wild Mint

Woundwort

Wild Bergamot

Purple Fringed Orchid

Harebell

St. John’s Wort

29
Jul
10

a thankful heart

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.

~Charles G. Finney~

28
Jul
10

happy cat

(I love it when he smiles like this)

If animals could talk, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

~Mark Twain~

27
Jul
10

vervain

I have some serious catching up to do here.  I took these pics over two weeks ago out at Piers Gorge.  I have more flower pics from that outing, but I want to devote this post entirely to Vervain, because it is my favorite wildflower. It seems to like moist areas, because I find it in ditches and near rivers.  The blossoms are actually a much deeper, richer shade of purple than what shows here.  I can’t seem to capture their true color, no matter how I set the camera.

25
Jul
10

monarch project 2010

This morning I was treated to the opportunity to watch another butterfly emerge from it’s chrysalis.  I had the butterfly house sitting on the kitchen counter with the top off, and just kept an eye on it and had the camera ready.  As I was standing there I noticed the butterfly starting to come out, so I started taking pictures.  I took several pics of it coming out, then I took one picture every minute until the wings were full size.  The whole process took from 11:54 to 12:09.  I also took a few pics of it before I released it.

This is the chrysalis about 1/2 hour before the butterfly came out.

11:54

11:55

11:57

12:09 pm.

2:20 pm.

21
Jul
10

piers gorge

These are some HDR shots that I took out at Piers Gorge about a week ago.

19
Jul
10

freedom

This is the butterfly that I featured in the previous post.  It came out of its chrysalis at 7:34 am, and I took it outside at around 1:30 pm.  I put it in the daylilies, where it sat for awhile, then flew away.  I took a walk last night and found 3 more caterpillars, who are now happily munching away on milkweed in the butterfly house.

I figured since I was right there, I might as well get some shots of the rain on the daylilies.

18
Jul
10

monarch project 2010

“The more I study nature, the more I stand in awe at the works of the Creator”

~Louis Pasteur~

I was able to witness a miracle this morning.  I have been raising Monarch butterflies for the past few weeks, as I did  last summer.  My goal was to see a butterfly emerge completely from it’s chrysalis, but I seemed to keep missing my opportunity, until this morning.  When I got up I saw that the chrysalis had turned clear and I could see the butterfly inside clearly.  I new it wouldn’t be much longer till the butterfly came out, and I was hoping that it would do so before I left for church.  I brought the butterfly house into the kitchen and propped the top open so I could get pictures.  The lighting wasn’t all that great because it was so overcast outside and the indoor light didn’t help much, so there are a couple pics that are kind of dark because I was so excited at what I was seeing that I forgot to pop up the flash.  I was in the bathroom, when I looked over into the kitchen and saw that there was something sticking out of the side of the chrysalis and I realized that this was what I had been waiting for.  I ran in and grabbed the camera and got some shots, then I took a shot every 2 to 3 minutes as the wings were filling out to their full size.  The whole process took 16 minutes.  It takes several hours after that before the butterfly is ready to fly, in fact, it is still hanging in the butterfly house.  I’m starting this series of pictures with a few from last summer to show the whole process from start to finish.

The caterpillar will hang this way for a whole day before it makes it’s chrysalis.

This is the chrysalis about half-way formed.

A completely formed chrysalis.  It will be 10-14 days till the butterfly comes out.

Around 7:00 this morning.

7:33 am

7:33

7:34

7:34

7:34

7:38

7:41

7:44

7:46

7:49

7:49.  This was the last shot I took.  I have one more chrysalis left.  I’m going to be hunting for caterpillars again so I can keep raising butterflies as long as I can this summer.

17
Jul
10

monarch project 2010

One day last week I woke up to find a new butterfly had emerged during the night.  I released it and waited for the other chrysalis to produce the next butterfly.  The following pictures are of the butterfly I found that morning.  Tomorrow I will post the pics I got of the next butterfly after it came out of its chrysalis.

17
Jul
10

July 4th pictures

Here’s my pics from the 4th of July, extremely late, of course.  There was a very pretty sunset that night, and some interesting rays in the sky to the east.  the rest of the pics are my feeble attempt at photographing fireworks.

These are anti-crepuscular rays (at least I think that’s what they’re called) in the east.

Definitely not my best work.  I guess I should stick to flowers.




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