A Return To Sunshine

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Drink Deeply 80520” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

I have a secret to share with you. To put it bluntly, I am a time traveler. If I close my eyes and build in details the memory of any day in my life time as we know it becomes irrelevant. And I don’t know about you but I am in the mood for a sunny day.

I wake up to sound of the mockingbird in the elm just outside my window. His long series of borrowed chirps an whistles at daybreak invite me to come out and feel the dew in the grass. A good heavy dew on a morning like this promises no rain. At least not today. Golden rays of sunshine wash through the canopy of mixed hardwoods and highlight what I’ve come to call my hibiscus forest. The sweet scent of the flowers being warmed by the sun draws my neighbors from their hiding places and soon the bees and butterflies are all around me skillfully avoiding mid air collisions with each other and dodging crash landings on my head. A particular Pipevine Swallowtail claims the flower next to me as her very own and after a few minutes of grooming the bloom with fluttering wings she dives headfirst to bottom only emerging to groom the flower once more. Finally after being convinced that she had gotten every last drop she pops into the air and playfully works her way to the next bush. And being refreshed myself I too must leave the hibiscus forest and return to current times.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Crab Spider

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Hidden Dangers 82520” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The tiny hunter waits patiently holding her body as tense as a loaded spring. She tunes her body to match the alabaster tone of the hibiscus flower and waits for unsuspecting visitor. I almost missed her myself as I moved forward a bit to photograph the flower. The wilderness is a place of wonderment and beauty but it’s also as treacherous as it is pleasing to the eye. As I shifted my weight from my right leg to my left an orb weaver dropped from her web and scurried for cover but the crab spider remained as still as a statue confident in her ability to remain unseen. It was only recently that science discovered the crab spider’s chameleon like talents. The changes are so subtle that the scientific community was only able to document the change with the aid of Photoshop’s color detection software. The change can take several hours and it it seems harder for her to go back to the white. Generally speaking, the crab spider in not dangerous to humans. The one in tonight’s feature image is actually quite large as far as crab spiders go. Typically the ones I see are much smaller and would be unable to break the skin in order to deliver their venom but this one might be able to make a person uncomfortable for a while. However, she’s more afraid of us than we are of her. Not to mention that venom is hard to make I elected to leave her alone not because she might bite me but because she’s actually a beneficial predator on many pests that attack out gardens.

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It’s A Dirty Job But Somebody’s Got To Do It.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Carpenter Bee 72320a” and can be purchased or licensed through the contact page.

The sun continues it’s sacred arch over the Appalachian Forest as I await the end of the dog days of summer. The Carpenter Bees however are in full work mode as they visit my little stand of Rose Of Sharon. I’m amused by the amount of pollen that clings to their round bodies and I’m taken back to my days of building pre-fab wall panels and cutting sheets of drywall. There were days when my clothes and hair seemed to hold as much gypsum as the stack of wall segments waiting to be hauled to the build site. I smiled as as bee floated by in the thick humid air and thought. “It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it.

Image Titled “Carpenter Bee 72320b”.

She heads right for the thickest part of pollen in an effort to get as much of the precious dust in her first as possible while she drinks and gathers a small amount of nectar. She’ll carry it back to her tunnel and form it into a cake for her brood.

As the bee moves from flower to flower she accumulates more and more pollen until she feels the need to return to her home base.

Image Titled “Carpenter Bee 72320c”

As she lifted off and actually flew over my shoulder I decided it was time to take her example and return to my home base as well.

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The Male Pipevine Swallowtail Encounter On July 26th.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Settle 72320” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The midday sun hovers high over my mountain illuminating the patch of Rose Of Sharon bushes on the edge of my yard. As I step around the corner the freshly opened flowers are alive with bees, wasps and butterflies. I began to move in closer and when I do the butterflies retreat a little deeper into the sea of flowers. I suppose that the phrase “Chasing Butterflies” is cliche for a reason. I cautiously step into the high weeds using the camera monopod to probe for snakes until I reach the open spot where a deer had bedded down the night before. If I set still long enough they’ll come back I promised myself. The bumblebees and carpenter bees float effortlessly between blooms with so much pollen covering their bodies that they look as thought they’ve flown through a snowstorm. And then finally the sun catches the iridescent blue hind wings as they move through the thick underbrush. I waited and watched and for several minutes I thought the male Pipevine Swallowtail would work it’s way the other direction. The suddenly he turned and came back as if he suddenly remembered something that he’d forgotten. The long lens only provides a narrow opportunity for focusing in the confined space but as the butterfly hovered for a moment before landing everything came together. The buzzing of a mosquito in my right ear distracts me for moment and the reflex to deal with the annoying creature gets the better of me. But when I look back up the Pipevine Swallowtail is gone and a second mosquito is trying to land on my face. The swarm has found me and that means it’s time to step away from their hunting grounds. I’ll be back out to the patch in a few days to chase the butterflies again.

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