Monday, December 26, 2011

Gifts....

like Dill Green Beans...
the beans...dill and garlic all grown in a friend's garden
....hand picked... packed and processed by the friend
and presented in a basket lined with a blue plaid fabric.
Each bean will be savored.
A beautiful gift.
A good gift.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

That Look

It is funny how the dogs always give 'that look' when being bathed. The look that says 'did I do something wrong' ???  I can't get down to the floor and lean over the tub to give Mandy a bath due to a little back trouble so Tiffiny took over and we sent her a note.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Blue Eyed Girl

The beautiful Mini Pearl and her marvelous blue eyes. They are termed 'glass eyes' for the breed Australian Shepherd.  Mini Pearl is just that, a small Australian Shepherd and a pearl of a girl.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Frosted Beauty

The nights
 are cold
 the mornings
 offer beauty
 to all
 who will pause
 and look


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Raptor Time

I love to see these magnificent birds in the air. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Moon Rise

The moon at yesterday's four o'clock walk. I had to tweak the color a bit for it to show. The full moon is scheduled for December 10th. I am not so crazy about the cold weather, night time temps in the low twenties right now but I do love the night sky during winter especially late night and before dawn. The stars seem to be crisp and sharp in the sky at those times.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Xylaria Polymorpha

... or Dead Man's Fingers Mushroom...this is how they look today. They have lost that beautiful blueness and are now black. The 'finger at the top of the photo has been sliced lengthwise. I finally found the identification on the app for the phone. It was the very last one of over 2,600 photos !! It is not edible and I am glad for that.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Blue Mushrooms ?

Yes, there are blue/purple/black mushrooms. These are so blue they look black and they were right next to the satin-y ones. I have been to several web sites and looked at hundreds of pictures on Flickr,  I even purchased an app about mushrooms for my phone and still I have not found the identity of these two. I have discovered if I want help in identifying I need a picture of the top, the underneath or the gills, and one sliced length wise, plus the smell is important as well. So, today has not been lost for the want of a mushroom identification.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Satin-y Fungi

The sun finally got out of bed today and did his beautiful 'shine' for us. And to give credit to the rain, after several days of wetness these magnificent fungi that look like satin appeared at the base of a dead sweet gum tree.  


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early Morning Sunrise


Looked like a fire in the woods.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dug's Family

A family member of Dug's got caught out today by Mandy. Quite a conversation followed with Mandy doing most of the talking. We did decide to let the fellow go, after all he was only trying to get in another meal before the brrr' cold arrives.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wooly Worm Aglow

This Wooly Worm caught my eye as it seemed it had some functioning electricity. Look at those 'glowing' spots on it's body. I have sent the photo to the county extension horticulture agent and an answer to this mystery will be forthcoming.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Poke Berries

Have you looked real close up at poke berries? Are these not pretty and interesting? Do remember that the seeds and roots are extremely poisonous. This has been a bumper year for pokeweed, lots of heat and lots of rain have made some plants into giants. This one managed to get a foot hold close to the porch and I let it grow, until today. It was a beautiful plant.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Resident

 Blackie  has been living on her own since early spring. Several days ago I relocated her to a back porch apartment here at my place. She is settling in really well and is totally uncomplaining. She and Mandy the resident dog have done remarkably well together. Not so for Sophie the cat who still has her nose in the air, but I am hoping that a truce will be found.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Today's Walk

Overcast this afternoon, for a while I even thought it might rain and finally I got the dogs and we started our walk. By the time we had reached the 'back corner'  the sun popped out and set the trees and weeds  ablaze. Just marvelous, a wild Cherry tree and that 'lethal lover' poison oak all aglow in the sun's light. 


Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Smartweed...


...showing off it's beauty for Fall.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mole Cricket

So much for thinking of crickets that 'fiddle' us to sleep with their night music. This not so small, close to two inches in size, Mole Cricket has shovel like forelegs that dig and do damage to plants, lawns and especially golf courses.  And not only is he equipped to dig and live beneath the earth's surface but he can fly as well, the wonders that Mother Nature bestows on some of her creatures! If you would like a really good look, please do a google search for  better detail.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Frost

First frost of the season and it was disappearing so
fast I almost didn't get the photo taken. A simply 
gorgeous day here in central Kentucky.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ink Cap

Black drawing ink used to be made from this
mushroom  by boiling the black 'ink' from the cap
 with a small amount of  water and cloves. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Not a Spider

Harvestmen known as Daddy-long-legs are members
of the spider family but they are not true spiders.
True spiders have two body segments and venomous
fangs. Grand-daddy-longs-legs do not. We played with
them as children and would catch them and ask them
to point in the direction where the cows were.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Butterfly Delight

This little beauty delighted me by being so interested
in my foot and leg. It spent quite a bit of time 'tasting'.
I think the undersides of it's wings are gorgeous and 
the antenna are really neat.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Nattie Nap

Remembering Nattie Cat, who left us four years ago.
A wonderful adopted cat that enjoyed walks  and talks.
Willing to move from the outdoors in and make a few
dogs her friends.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bessie and Bossy....

were the favorite names for cows when I was 
growing up on the farm. Of course we milked 
them and talked to them on a daily basis. I wonder,
are farmers naming their cows today ?  And what
are the favorite names? The cattle in this photo are
not milk cows.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Life's Challenges

This little guy caught my eye, something 
different about him it seemed. Then I was
aware that he had only one back leg. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bees..Bees..the Buzz

Do you know there are over 3500 species of
bees in North America?
This one is a member of the Halictid family think
sweat bee. She is on a chicory blossom and look
at the bundles of pollen on her legs. Only female
bees collect pollen. She is a solitary bee as well and 
lives in the ground or in wood.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Devil's Riding Horse



Or Praying Mantis
My mother always called them 'the devil's 
riding horse' and as children my cousins
and I would catch the large ones and
 feed them raw hamburger.


This one was small, under two inches in length.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Let Them Eat....

Parsley !



As I was leaving the house this morning
  I noticed that half of a pot of parsley had been eaten.
The rabbits are coming onto the porch I thought
and then a second look showed me quite a few
black swallowtail caterpillars. And that is the very
reason I  planted the parsley.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beauty in Bloom

The Rose Mallow is blooming. This one is termed
'swamp mallow' but is it not gorgeous. It grows in
wet or damp places, ditches, close to ponds and has
been cultivated, to most it is a Hibiscus.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Double Luck Days

I never could search for and find four leaf clovers. 
They always seem to find me by jumping above
 the others with a  shout that says 'See Me' and
 these two did exactly that as I was pulling freshly
  washed sheets from the basket to hang on the line to dry.
  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Grape Leaf Skeletonizer

The name says it all. Even though there are no grape
arbors here there are wild grape vines. I find him quite
fashionable in his black and near white, sporting a
beautiful red collar. He found his way onto the back
porch and I got him onto a piece of paper for his 
photo shoot.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Night Traffic

There is much activity at the pond and the 
raccoons are part of the night time traffic.
They have taken down and dismantled the
bird feeder that I hung at the pond for feeding
  the Red Wing Blackbirds. It was an effort to keep
the blackbirds away from the feeders for the finches 
at the house.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Four Paws of the Family

A weekend with the granddoggies filled with fun
times outdoors and indoors, good naps and treats.
Angel is the oldest at seventeen and
was adopted by my son when Angel's
family needed to return to California and
couldn't take her with them. She has been
with us for several years and is a Shetland
Sheepdog.

Mini Pearl is the blue-eyed girl that
came running down my driveway one
November afternoon and had puppies
ten days later. She also was adopted by 
my son. She is about five years old now.
Mini is a small Australian Shepherd.

Lord Porkchop of Paris aka as Porky
is the newest member and his mama,
Tiff, is just crazy about him. He is an 
English Bulldog.

Mandy is actually a granddoggie that lives with me
full time and we are really good buddies. She is an older 
dog as well. Mandy is a Shetland Sheepdog. My son and
I have been partial to the Shelties for years. They are 
wonderful dogs.

Sophie is a 16-17 year old cat that came to the 
door as a kitten and said, 'let me in' and is a
marvelous companion. She looks serious in 
this photo because she wanted my assistance.
If you are a cat owner you understand this.

Blackie is my Dad's cat that I am now
caring for and he and I are becoming
good friends too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rock Fence

There are several stretches of rock fence near to 
where I live. Most of them are 'dry laid' which means
there is no mortar between the stones, a real art and
 real work. This one was in place long before I 
was born and is so beautiful.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pancake Stack

Had to think of pancakes when I saw these. There 
were several old, old trees on the property when I
arrived here. Through the years storms have taken
most of them out.  The fungi appears from their 
their root systems.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Fairy Life

I was lucky to get these photos after some
of the rains we had in the spring.
I see this and think of fairies, dancing
the night away, actually wearing down
the tops of the fungi and look, are those 
not fairy wings among them?

And after a fun night of 
dancing what would be more 
refreshing than a dip into this
marvelous basin filled with dew.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mimosa Day and Night

Mimosa Day

Mimosa Night

The Mimosa trees folds it's leaves for the night.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Obstacles on the Path

It seemed this Box Turtle was having a difficulty 
getting over an iron pipe and there was a stack of 
concrete blocks abutting it so, after taking his
picture I just helped (I hope) by heading him
in a different direction.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Good Fly

The Taxomerus Hover Fly does not bite or sting.
The larva feed on aphids and it is considered as
  important as the Lady Bug in controlling aphid populations.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Secrets

What would be told if rocks could talk?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Elderberry

The Elderberry is blooming with blossom heads
as big as dinner plates. A most beautiful sight.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Darth Vadar Fly ?


Actually....no...it's a...
Black Horse Fly
The male drinks the nectar of flowers.
The female pierces the skin of large mammals
and drinks their blood.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

At Days End

Much needed rain
 arrived today
 in thunderstorm pour
  red sunset over pond
gave delight 
at day's end.