Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Monarch Butterfly Emerged

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

2020 July 2, 5:13 PM

Monarch

2020 July 3, 5:13 PM
Monarch

2020 July 3, 9:41 PM, Flashlight Used
Monarch

2020 July 4, 7:55 AM

Monarch

2020 July 4, 8:59 AM

Monarch

Monarch

2020 July 4, 9:31 AM Totally Missed the Monarch Emerge

I documented the chrysalis every hour 20200702 and every 30 minutes on 20200703.

Monarch

2020 July 4, 9:36 AM

Monarch

Some Detail
Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

2020 July 4, 11:51 AM

Monarch

2020 July 4, 11:52 AM Flew Away

Monarch


Monarch visitor flew into my garden while I was watching the Monarch that emerged from its chrysalis.

It flew around the garden, then spent 45 minutes in the oak tree.

Photo taken at 10:15 AM

Monarch

Hope the two Monarchs find each other and continue on their journey together.


Monarch Chrysalis

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

20200701 Afternoon
Monarch Chrysalis

20200702 Evening
Monarch Chrysalis

Hope that it makes it to a fully functional Monarch.


Passiflora

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Passionvine


2020 June 27

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Found on Cut Dianthus in Kitchen

LadyBug

It is not uncommon to find ladybugs on greens purchased at the Farmers’ Market; sometimes several days after being refrigerated.

Unearthed Sansevieria 2019 August 28
Sansevieria

2020 June 27

Sansevieria

Lovely Pale Yellow Dianthus

Dianthus Pale Yellow

Was in a six pack of white dianthus.

Some Type of Origanium

Origanium

I have two plants, the other one has hairy foliage.

Succulent Gift From My Mother

Succulent

Purchased from the grocery store during one of our many shopping trips.

Found in the Orchard

Tragopogon

Thistle

Thistle

This type of plant generally has a blue flower. Should know for sure, soon.


Monarch Chrysalis

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Planned to move the plant rack from the deck to a space in the courtyard for potted succulents. I removed all of the plants.
Plant Rack Chrysalis

When I flipped the rack over to brush off all leaves and debris I found a Monarch Chrysalis.

Monarch Chrysalis

Apparently, one of the eight Monarch caterpillars made it through to the chrysalis stage.

Monarch Chrysalis

Didn’t finish cleaning the plant rack. Didn’t want to disturb the chrysalis. Also, left the plant rack empty to prevent giving the chrysalis a shower while watering plants.

Nature controls gardening. Gardening teaches patience.


Butterfly and Bee

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Butterfly

Gulf fritillary Butterfly

Hibiscus and Bee

Hibiscus and Bee


Lichen Growth on Sculpture and Mold on an Orange

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The sculpture was made while an undergrad at Ohio State University in the 80s. Unfortunately, the top rim of the smaller piece was chipped during a move. The pieces were designed to be placed in different positions while still having a dialogue. They were fired multiple times using lithium and lead glazes.

Sculpture on Deck

Grey Lichen

Grey and Orange Lichens

Orange Lichen

Red Lead Glaze and Orange Lichen

Lady Bug on Lithium Blue Glaze

Naturally Occurring Blue-Green Found on Orange
Orange Mold

Orange Mold

Orange Mold

My choice of glaze surfaces occurred before my interest in mold and lichen growth.


Growth Found in Pot of Soil in the Garage

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Transplanted dianthus from the pot to the garden. Then placed the pot of soil in the garage. The pot had been under the bird feeder. Apparently, birdseed is resilient.

Birdseed Growth

Birdseed Growth

Moved the pot outside for the birds. The Towhees often nibble my seedlings, even in the greenhouse. Maybe this will be a treat for them.


New Blooms Today

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Dianthus
Dianthus

Hibiscus
Hibiscus

Brugmansia
Brugmansia

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose

Still Blooming

Cactus Red Flower

Cactus Red Flower


Unexpected Cactus Flower

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Cactus Flower

Cactus 2020 April 27

Cactus Flowers