Nature’s Notes: August 11

Someone passing by saw my camera and kindly asked if I was photographing the birds. Foolishly, I admitted the truth and said I was more of an insect person. When I saw the look of horror cross his face I didn’t take the hint. Oh no. I awkwardly had to shovel on more nerd grief by pointing out the abundance of Halloween Pennants. He slowly and cautiously sidled away.

Here’s a shot of a super common butterfly in these parts. This one found the last zinnia at the community garden. The rest have faded to soft sepias and dusty pinks.

Gulf fritillary
Gulf fritillary

I only recently discovered the Halloween Pennant. When I looked it up I was told they were really common dragonflies and I scoffed. Bah. How common can they be? I never saw one before … Now, I see them everywhere.

Halloween in August
Halloween in August

It wasn’t a windy day. =/ Perhaps this dragonfly independently discovered yoga?

dragonfly yoga
the authentic dragonfly pose

Green eyes! I think this is a male carpenter bee. And anonymous ant friend.

Big Green Eyes
Big Green Eyes

Yes. Birds ARE beautiful. But …. I always did like the little things.

If you like nature photos I encourage you to check out Michelle’s Rambling Woods. Every Tuesday she hosts Nature’s Notes, a blog event that encourages us to share the natural beauty that surrounds us.

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40 thoughts on “Nature’s Notes: August 11

  1. LOVE your shots…in fact, they inspired me to go out and “hunt” the bumble bees. I had no idea how hard it is to get a shot of them!! The more I admire your photos! I eventually got some – and some butterflies too. Not all great shots, but knowing how hard it is to get them on camera, they’re okay.
    …especially considering how little I seem to function in “this world” right now, being “spaced out” a lot of the time.
    I found a “Texan story” you might enjoy – being interested in different perspectives and how other connect to the world around them etc. Maybe you’ve even been to Harlingen?
    Anyway,
    Blessings !

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    1. Thanks, Gia. I’d love to see some bumble bees. I’ve never visited Harlington. You linked to some powerful stories. Thanks, Gia.

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  2. Enjoying your close-ups of insects. A former client loved playing with insects, first time I saw a woman do that… Funny how you scared the guy off by not taking the hint, instead delving further into the topic!

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  3. I had to laugh because I noticed a tiny bee on my boneset as I was in the front yard. I always have my little LUMIX with me, but I had to do a deep knee bend and list to one side. I got the shot…sort of and then in trying to get up, fell over. Well, at least nobody saw me…. Except the group of women walking by the house. I am loving exploring insects. I love birds too, but I can explore small in my yard. You have got wonderful photos. Nothing wrong with common. So many folks don’t get to even see ODES….. I am sure you are more graceful than I am… Michelle

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    1. I am so NOT graceful. hahaha I see photos of gardeners and I swear they do not share the same planet: all smiles and tidy with spotless new gloves. Me? Muddy shirt, knee scrapes, bug bites, poison ivy wounds oozing god knows what, out of control hair (probably harbouring a spider), AND lurching or contorted into an impossible posture to get a shot of that damned blue jay! No wonder people speak kindly and sidle away at the first opportunity!

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  4. Oh my, these shots are just fantastic! The butterfly shot is absolutely stunning and that dragonfly doing acrobatics .. wow. Halloween you say, what a great name. I laughed when I read about the person sidling away .. gorgeous post as usual :D

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    1. Coming from one of my favourite photogs that means a lot! Thank you. hahaha for some context behind that sidling escape see the above comment. It is all becoming clear to me now …

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    1. Well, yeah. =) Aldo Leopold was so right. Nature isn’t a wilderness half a continent away: it is right here and now. This little experiment of going out and seeing what is there has been really soul opening for me.

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      1. Visiting someone in Tacoma at this time. We were out for a morning hike at Point Defiance Park a few days ago. Rustling in the leaves caught our attention just to our left. A Pileated woodpecker emerged and flew just over our heads onto a branch just to our right. It was only the 2nd time seeing one for me. First time for Melanie. We were thrilled.

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  5. The dragonfly isn’t doing yoga. It is a cooling technique on hot days to reduce the surface exposure to the sun. I’ve had the insect photos reaction when I shop for cameras. “How do you mostly use your photo, ma’am?” “I need a camera for taking close-ups of insects.” “Riiiighttttt. Okay then. Hm.”

    These are all pretty spectacular!

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    1. I look around and see what other people post so I know my photos have a long way to go but I -really- appreciate the kind words. I use a Coolpix Nikon.

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  6. Hello, your insects photos are just gorgeous. I love them all the birds, butterflies and the dragonflies. Anything to do with wildlife and nature is beautiful in my eyes. Great post, have a happy week!

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  7. Super shots – dragonflies are not easy to capture with their translucence and iridescent bits. I spent a good half hour out in the full sun today trying to get a shot of some type of sulphur butterfly that seemed frustrated by the lack of flowers on a senna plant. By the time I gave up (3 seconds after the butterfly did) I was sweaty and annoyed and left without a good shot to show for my efforts. So when a session does work out – like yours obviously did – that is pure gold in my book.

    Thanks for the nod about Nature Notes. I’ll happily check it out!

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  8. Fabulous photos. I love them. Have also spent an hour today taking photos of insects while doing my bee transect – so you are not the only one (And mine are not nearly as cool as yours). We can be nerds together!

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  9. You have a really nice variety of dragonflies. Since we’ve had much more rain this year, I’ve seen a few new dragonflies, but I’ve seen a greater variety of butterflies this year. You should see how people react to not only photographing, but handling snakes.

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  10. Gorgeous photos. I’ve never seen the Halloween Pennant either, but I’d love to. Got lots of Gulf Fritillaries though–’tis the summer for them, I believe. And Nature Notes is Boss.

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