Archive for July, 2010


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










7:49.  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.


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.


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.


saturday pictures

Here’s a few more pics from Saturday.  I took these on my morning walk.  I have pics from Saturday evening to post, but I don’t have them re-sized yet.

I haven’t been able to identify these yet.  If anyone knows what they are, please let me know.

I was surprised to find Columbine.  I thought it was all done blossoming by now.

Meadow Anemone

Butter & Eggs


what is it with me and spiders lately?

I really, really hate spiders, but I keep finding them on flowers lately and can’t resist taking pictures of them.  In order to get these shots, I had the lens about 4 inches away.  I would never consider getting that close to one if I found it in my house.  In fact, the closest I’ll get to one in the house is to smack it to death.  I must add though, that while I’m quite homicidal towards spiders indoors, I never kill them outside.   Anyway, here’s a few shots from the last couple days.

Goldenrod spider on Thimbleweed

Unknown spider having a Ladybug for breakfast.


God Bless America

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.

~John Fitzgerald Kennedy~


love the people you meet

Go out into the world today and love the people you meet.  Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.

~Mother Teresa~

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