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Amazing it is now already 144. Hundreds of lovely pictures shared all the way through. Very enjoyable, worthwhile and a learning experience, as always. Agree?
I'm delighted to start this with a little Lynx Spider protecting its egg case.
It came and crawled on to my finger as I tried to hold the little branch, trying to see if there is any danger. When I moved the finger, in a flash, it was on the case... it had connected a silk from there to swing there! You can see the silk.
The first shot was taken from the Canon 550d, the second from my Lumix FZ8 on macro setting.
Grape poppy - nice! Not to mention the bee inside it!
Magnolia cone - the colours in it is beautiful - sharp picture too! Liked it.
~Two hibiscus flowers dangled like this 3 days ago.
~The 'Guardener' taking a break!
~Can you believe that the 210-220 tiles were arranged by that gardener, solo and from underneath? My new shed.
~Potter Wasp nest. Found it on a bottle cap kept on a shelf. Neat work that!
~My favourite Clitoria Double Blue.
The fish ladder on the Town river, West Bridgewater, MA at the hight of tree pollen season.
A high iron content tints the water. This iron settled into bog iron deposits used in Colonial days for tools & pots. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_iron
This sight is part of an early land purchase by the Pilgrims from the Massasoit Indians in 1649.
Great photos, all ... DWMike, love those crab spiders! Miss Mary, gorgeous Magnolias up close! Dinu, great dangling Hibiscus! Beahive, wonderful Irises! Andy, interesting shot of the pollen on the water! Domehomedee, darling frog, and elegant snail!
From my garden this morning:
• My "small" cardoon plant in its little pot in the front yard
• Shelf Fungi on an old oak log
• "Pink Lace" Monarda
• Baby KatyDids posing on an apricot "Profusion" zinnia
• Leonotis Leonoris
What a treat, Jubilada! I remember seeing those Moulin Rouge Sunflowers last year at Dixon Gardens. They were gorgeous.
Domehomedee, your sculpture is very nice. Did you make it? That Foxtail Lily is spectacular!
1. The blurred reflection you see in this bee's eye is me with my camera / tripod.
2. Here's another one, on my Sedum.
4. Balloon Flower, close-up and personal
5. Pyracantha espalier
Mary, what wonderful bee shots!
Yes, I did make the sculpture, it is about 2' x 3' and I think I may make a couple more. It would be great to have three of these in one area . . . it would give you the feeling of being small in a garden of giant leaf litter! I made it for the California quail to drink out of, we have sooo many new baby quail in our yard. Well, I can't seed anything directly in the ground or it becomes quail food!
Domehomedee, that Foxtail Lilly is fabulous! I'm still waiting for some pictures of those little quail ... I really miss them here in our gardens. They haven't been around for years ... and yes, they really do a number on the greens!
Miss Mary, those are some bee shots, all right! And, that Pyracantha espalier is very interesting.
Here are some shots from my garden ...
• Leonotis seed head
• Chinese Rue blossom
• Fortnight Day Lilies in the evening
• Busy Bees in an heirloom poppy
Wow go on vacation and look what happens, so much to catch up on. I had to look at everything twice...great shots everyone!
DWMike, thank you for the ID on my bug (Leaf-Rolling Weevil) and OMG your photos are absolutely awesome...will enjoy them, so glad you're back.
Beehive that is so sweet and I love the expression on her face...you just feel it.
1. While I was on vacation found these wild orchids growing in an oak while out riding my bike around the island.
2. & 3. Lots of seashells
4. While kayaking we spotted this Rosette spoonbill, a rare site to see, they are pretty shy birds, had to zoom in on it.
5. White Egret didn't mind us kayaking right next to it while trying to catch his dinner.
A load of great pics!! Thanks to all for sharing.
BeaHive, I like that "Fatal Attraction"...
Jubilada the Leonotis Leonoris is great... I love them Fortnight Day Lilies and the Busy Bees in an heirloom poppy.
Domehomedee, I like that Foxtail lily bloom.
HelloMissMary...Wonderful series of shots.
sunkissed...your welcome. The orchid is a terrific find, that's a lot of seashells, and nice catch of the Rosette spoonbill.
1. Gaillardia - 'Arizona Sun'
2. Joseph's Coat Rose
3. Jasmine..this was blooming about 10 feet outside my living room window and when the window was raised it would fill the whole house with it's wonderful scent!
4. Baby Bush Cricket on an Iris bloom.
Saw the photos above. Beautiful.
Severe load-shedding is affecting normal routines in our city at this time due to power crisis. As such, time spent on the Net is very less in the last few days. I just manage to squeeze in a few minutes now.
1. A newly emerged Oakblue butterfly. It fell at my feet from a branch of a tree above my pond as I was sipping coffee. Its wings were falling over but stiffened as some minutes elapsed.
2. See the wings and the colour.
3. I kept the butterfly on the petal of the last day lily of the season [from that plant].
Marvelous collection of photographs, folks! Really!
Sunkissed, very nice shot of the seashells, and also the Rosette Spoonbill and White Egret!
DWMike, as usual, stunning shots!
Dinu, you outdo yourself every time! Wow!
JMorth, are you taking a creative writing class, or practicing to be a copywriter for a seed catalogue?
• From my garden today, another view of a Nigella (Love-in-a-Mist/Persian Jewels) bloom with seed pod. The flowers are also worthy of commentary!
• A fly on a gladiolus leaf, this is as "macro" as I can get without cropping.
• Monarda "Pink Lace," and yes, they are this color.
• Pomegranate flowers.
Thanks. I was also wondering if anyone know what that 'drop of water' [like honey] is on that butterfly. I'm glad it was noticed. Is that some secretion and evacuation after it emerged from the 'cocoon'.
Mike shows us some beautiful shots, not to mention Jubi!
Denuded roof at the time of dismantling the old mud-brick wall structure.
Shot of the Oakblue I left on the day lily and the blue banded bee wondering whatz up! Another shot of the one I shared in the backlit pictures thread.
Microb - what a good looking frog. I hadn't even noticed you are in Hawaii. My sister lived in Hilo and then up in Volcano for like 10 years. Hawaii is my absolute favorite place to hang out.
Here is a little tree frog, I get these little guys all over my garden.
There is not too much blooming in the garden this time of year in AZ. It the opposite of most peoples winters, except I am in the pool looking at bulb magazines instead of inside.
The first one is my Crepe Myrtle. I here if I trim back the blooms it will bloom again.
The second is a new plum tree I planted in my garden. The other one is doing so well I had to get a second to mirror it.
The last picture is the view from my pool as the sun starts to set. Many hours sitting in the pool or those chairs looking at gardening magazines.
The last is the passion vine by my kitchen window.
Longing for some real Summer heat, so are my plants. Arizona sounds pretty good today.
I have a crepe myrtle I started from a cutting but it has never bloomed, they don't really grow here, but we still hope.
Dinu, the third picture is the view of the chairs. They are folded over since the sun is so hot here it sun rots the fabric. I added the last picture afterwards so mis-labeled the one of the charis as the last one.
Took a trip to Sausalito on the Ferry last week, caught this view of Alcatraz that I'd not seen before! The white building is the water tower, which has been wrapped in tarps while it is being renovated. If you're interested in the story ... here's the link:
• Jacob Kline Bee Balm
• Autumn Beauty Sunflower and airplane
• Slightly out of focus orange gladiolus
• carrot blossoms, growing from one volunteer carrot ... the plant just floors me!
• squash blossom
Beautiful Sunflower. Mine won't be blooming for a while. Slugs chomped most of the seedlings and the ones I managed to rescue at best are a foot tall. Will keep on trying but will enjoy yours until them. :)
Remove 'da' from your screen name and replace with 'nt'. Just some word play. Were you jubilant when you took that lovely sunflower shot when the metal bird was flying? Luck or timed? I wouldn't have known if you hadn't told me it was a carrot plant. So many spikes.
Wow, what great photos you guys. I can't decide which I like best.
The lily and the hydrangea are gorgeous and I just love the bugs.
Getting to see anything that small close-up is such a treat, kind of creepy though LOL.
Jub, love the carrot plant. I remember when I lived in Calif. I took plant science in high school, probably where my love for gardening started. Anyway I had a plant like that, it was marvelous...until someone accidentally left the horse gate open from the animal science yard and that horse totally destroyed my carrot plant. Carrots don't grow here, too wet I imagine. Love the sunflower and plane. And I must say I'm in love with those Moulin Rouge Sunflowers..nice back lighting.
Miss Mary the tiger lily is great! I even see a fly on it. Are your hibiscus in pots? Mine froze to the ground and haven't flowered yet. Nice backlit photos.
Mike love your macro shots...you and Dinu and your insects...make my day.
Well, I know my bug pics can't compare to Dinu's or DWMike's (they're always just spectacular and breathtaking!), but I think this little KatyDid on a weed (which name currently escapes me) is pretty cute ...
Wonderful array of colors, everyone! Jubilada, I fell in love with the Moulin Rouge Sunflower last year at Dixon Gardens. It's absolutely beautiful. The Hydrangea close-up is amazing! Is your little yellow flower with the Katydid perhaps Salsify?
DWMike, that fly is a wonderful capture...look at that "rainbow" on its wings!
Sunkissed, my Hibiscuses are actually in the ground. They are both hardy varieties and winter over well if covered in mulch.
Dinu...I like the ants carrying the "load". I have been trying to get a shot of that but no luck yet...
Jubilada..those dahlia's are wonderful.
I can't remember if I have previously posted these goat pics ..if so...sorry..
1. One of our baby goats...just a few minutes old
2. Another shot of the baby goats...
3. Baby Golden Seabright Bantam chick
4. A dew laden Larkspur bloom
Those are lovely, they almost look alien.
My husband today recalled a passage from the "Making of Star Trek" book.
He said that they were trying to make the scene look like it had "alien" plants, but that when the director arrived he commented that it didn't look alien, it looked like Gilligan's Island. So he ripped one of the plants out of it's pot and turned it upside down and proclaimed "now that looks alien".
2. A wasp on the tip of its nest where tiny eggs were seen.
3. A red-whiskered bulbul. They somehow seem to preferentially perch on vertical branches!
4. Moth caterpillar - forget name right now.
5. A spider with its egg sac behind it as a snail 'watches' it! Scene on the water lily leaf on my pond.
1& 2. Reflections in a fountain pool. Clouds were coming and going and I was in the right place at the right time to catch a sun dog.
4. Unknown flower on cool vine
5. Water Lily and reflection
There it is again. I see that one cut at the bottom, unknown reason baffles me. Forgot to tell that I just increased 'saturation' on Picasa to bring that 'orange' out. With that, the pink also got bolder. I just took a close-up of it and only after uploading I realized the beauty of those spots.
I've never seen cilantro blossoms, Jubilada. That's wonderful! I'd have sworn the artichoke blossom was a Passiflora at first glance. Beautiful.
Dinu, it's so nice to find there is beauty beyond what we'd noticed with the naked eye, isn't it? Your Oxalis is lovely, dots and all!
This bumblebee was asleep on a Butterfly Bush blossom. I got closer and closer and it hung there like that for several minutes, letting me take pictures. All at once, it awoke and flew on to the next flower.
Found this little shiny bug. Have posted it in the BF.
I saw something shiny, like a gold bead on the surface of water kept in a mug in our front yard. Immediately ran in and ran out with the camera to capture photos and then release it.
Last photo is of the tailor bird babies. This is not my picture. But wanted to show you all here. So I took permission from my friend in whose yard it is. He took this photo. It has made a nest in the little mango plant in his yard. He wrote in his mail that when he made a sound, they all did that and he took a photo! I liked it a lot and so wanted to show you. I'll visit him after a week and see how they are.
Dinu, what a funny little shiny bug. So glad you rescued and photographed it. Please let us know what it is when you find out! And, thank your friend for his wonderful photo of those little tailor bird babies!
Jmorth, love those photos ... nice color scheme going on!
Somehow I keep losing this photo thread...loved catching up.
Miss Mary, all your shots are so wonderful, but I especially like the " Reflections" series...so crisp.
Jub, nice brug plant! Love the close-up of the artichoke blossom.
Andy...you make me smile...I've got to try that with some old boots I have in the garage.
Domehomedee you really do have a variety of flowers in your garden, sure would love to stroll through it.
Jmorth all your photos are striking, but that blue winged wasp is really cool!
Dinu I love that baby bird photo, but now just noticed not your photo. All your insect photos are just great, and I have one for you, took this at the beach of a dead crab and didn't realize until I downloaded it that I caught some flies. If I was trying to photograph the flies, it wouldn't have turned out. ☺
Some more beach photos.
1. put my camera on the sand and took this one of the sunrise of the ocean.
2. Protected sea oats against the cloudy sky.
3. Sea turtle nest also well protected.
4. Crab hole amongst the periwinkles
5. Crabs view of the crab hole ☺
Crab-fly photo ... the blue sky adds value to it.
Periwinkles - so colourful! Your picture gave me an idea to ask if you keep those lovely things from the beach in a glass bottle and display in your show shelves.. or in the gardens? I really like the genuine concern for the sea turtles and the methods employed the authorities. I had not seen anything like it.
Dinu , to answer your question, yes I keep many things I find at the seashore. I make wind chimes from driftwood and shells and give them as gifts. My flower pots are full of shells and other beach finds. I am not a gift shop type person, but love the treasures I find in nature and they are my favorite souvenirs. My husband laughs at me when we go to the mountains, I come home with all kinds of rocks.
Rocks are rare in Central Florida, but the one I hold in my hand can be found on the beach, Coquina shell rock.
The table top holds some of my found treasures that washed up, love the smooth pieces of glass also.
The shells at this particular beach we were at have natural holes in them, so I string them and hang them around the garden, which I've shown in the last two photos. We call them holey shells ☺.
Thanks for that sunkissed. Lovely. I like that mindset too - using natural things for gifts and decoration. Amazing rock that - something like mosaic. Have you tried to use the holey shells for hanging the bird feeder, if you have one? Now I want you to show me the wooden chairs. I want to make one like that - I have some pieces of wood waiting to be done something out of them. We also have shells at home - all of them are many decades old - my aunt used to collect them. Mysore is many miles away from the sea coast. I'll try to gather the little shells and show them here sometime. This has inspired me to do that.
Here is a shot of the chairs when brand new, the second photo shows an older set and how nicely the weather, gives some back detail. My husband has made most of our wood pieces, but not these chairs. They are from Lakeland Mills USA.
Well, that sunflower just didn't know when to stop, did it? That's a lovely backlit shot of the blooming tree, Jubilada!
An early morning walk through Dixon Gardens yesterday was such a pleasant thing. It's been too hot this summer to go there much. At 8:00 AM, it was already in the low 80s and the humidity was quite high. Some of what I saw there...
1. This big fella (?) was hanging out near a corn stalk...waiting for the right moment, maybe?
3. No color enhancing done on this. The Zinnia and Amaranth really were those festive colors!
4. Green Bee on Sunflower
5. Water droplets on Lamb's Ears
I returned home half drenched and my DD was taking a pic from the driveway of the rainbow. I had to remove the shoes and wet socks. I told her there will be better view of it from the terrace. She had the 50mm lens on and sometimes these rainbows disappear so soon. So we stuck to that lens having no time to waste. Rainbows are not common here for various reasons. When my DD was taking pictures, we also noticed other rooftops and I was delighted that there were 3 other families doing the same thing - the rain had stopped, the sun was getting low on the western horizon. That is why this happened. It was a short shower. I share pics taken by my younger DD. The lens did not cover the full arc of the bow.
Wonderful shots everyone.
Love the sunflowers Jub, and Mary all your shots are great, I especially like the water drops on the fuzzy leaves.
Jmorth, the bellflower is such a pretty blue, but I really like that pink lily with touches of lilac.
Dinu great catch of the bird and squirrel loving the water. I especially like the stone that holds the water. Nice to know your daughter caught a rainbow since they are not so common there. She got some great photos.
Some ladybugs enjoying the aphids on my fire bush.
We did not have a wide angle to get the full arc of the rainbow. Had to be content with it.
Lady bug colouring is nice. In school, this bug picture was in the text book and we thought that was the only type of bug besides the pest bed bug! You have got the focus right on that squirrel.
On the tip of an almond leaf, I noticed a fly on its edge and it was stationary. I thought it could be stuck with something. I had to pull down the branch and when I saw what was going on there, I plucked the leaf and brought it to sunlight and took a few pictures. Let me tell you that the fly was quite a giant and the white crab spider that had caught it was dwarfed by it! Amazing Nature. See how it has caught it and immobilized it with its poison and grip. It was even trying to avoid my interference by walking with that weight.
In the second pic, I have kept my thumbnail visible on the left just for scale.
What a cute little squirrel.
I walked out my back door this morning only to scare a pair of cotton tails out of my yard.
They're cute too, so was the new plant they consumed last night.
We don't have too many squirrels here, an occasionally grey squirrel. Our scariest rodents are the tree rats, nothing like having rats dropping from the trees. We also have wood rats and field mice. You probably have tree rats in Florida. Ours build these huge stick nests that kind of look like a giant bird nest.
The Flowering Tobacco has been self seeding and doubtlessly crossing between a couple of original varieties for 15 years. I'd be happy to send you seed therefrom but the resultant offspring's presentation would probably manifest differently. If so inclined, send me a d-mail w/ your address and I'll send some.
Y'know, Dinu, those three photos of the spider and the fly are really quite something. Nature, indeed ... so marvelous, so cruel, so even ... despite the cruelty they depict, those are gorgeous photos, especially number three ... hmmmm ...
Wow, Jub...I'm so envious of those tomatoes. We had a cruddy season in FL this year...not a cool enough spring, too hot too fast, too dry and then too much rain. My tomato plants bit the dust last month for good. But I never have any that ever look that good.
Jmorth, such pretty flowers, the ants seem to like them also.
Dinu the spider and the fly...an interesting nature study, but then creeps me out a bit seeing them so close up. Spiders work hard for their dinner.
jmorth, we must lQQk for angles that are 'un-normal'. I'd have done the same thing with that bee|flower|sky shot. Wonderful. When taking group pictures of people, we must not take shots from our standing eye level which we normally do. We must try shots from our 'tummy level' which gives an altogether different perspective. I have tried this with likeable results. Similarly, while taking kids-on-the-ground photos we must be on their eye level instead of taking them from our standing position. Your flowering tobacco pictures are good. Sometimes those insects on them are noticed only when we see on our computer screens.
Jubilada, I like that stool first and then the tomatoes!!
sunkissed, those flies are so ugly and hairy when we magnify them. I agree it is not a pleasant sight, but then Nature has designed them for some purpose! I dread looking at cockroaches from close up, why even a normal picture! I get goose bumps... I cannot tolerate that sight. I'm one that run away from them.
I found this dead beetle 3 weeks ago. Today, it was there, unblemished! Look at the green and the glow. I had left it on the soil at the base of a plant. Nothing has affected the shell. Head part has been taken care of by ants.
Bumble Bee's sleeping after a hard days work collecting pollen. They are so cute!!
Dahlia named Park Princess
Dahlia named Lucca Johanna
Dwarf sunflower Teddy Bear variety. They are so fuzzy !
I love the center color & pattern of this sunflower. It has been a great & colorful summer in my garden. Wish summer lasted longer!!
I could not avoid the comparison.
Cowdung cake picture on the left and a similar work by someone when posting a letter which I found in my workplace 20 years ago. The value of this regd. mail is just Rupees 7 and Paise 55. [7.55]. The envelope is nearly stuck with lower denomination [15p] stamps. I've shown both sides of the envelope. Behind the cowdung cake wall stays a family doing their dairy business! They sell the cakes - fuel for cooking [lower strata of society] or for water-heating for bath.
Pic 2 - Two mosquito larvae in water. I discontinued their lives soon after I captured their image.
Dinu, you sure do come up with some interesting stuff! The mosquito larvae a bit much, though. Ugh!
To change the subject, here's a 1/2 gallon Ball jar of "quick refrigerator" dill pickles I made yesterday. The thing noteworthy: only used ONE cucumber (weighed 2 lbs, 18 inches long). Good pickles, by the way!
Dinu, I thought of you when I was taking the picture. I was trying to capture the caterpillar hanging upside down getting ready to make their chrysalis. When I went to post the picture, I realized there was one in the background already in the chrysalis state and one already done. (it blended with the dead leaves so well).
Valsflowers, your cactus bloom is now 'e-flower'! It's good that you were able to observe this chrysalis also. Sometimes, they escape our attention. I'm sure you have 'mind-marked' that branch for observation since you can't bookmark it there!
The last two are Holmskioldia flowers. I liked the bee-bum in the end. I'm not getting the name out of my mind, of the first flower. All shot today.
A swan song. My subscription expires soon, I will not renew. I simply don't post here any more.
I started this Daily Pics thread 6 years ago so it's a fitting place to say solong. You can always find me at the site based on this thread -->>> http://dailypics.ning.com/
Take care everyone.
Andy, what do you say? I'm pinching myself to see if I am awake.
I'll always remember your simple and attractive signature in italics, not to mention the pictures themselves! Move on, best of luck, dear Andy.
Boy, Don King's hair sure has gotten shorter! Interesting photo documentary of that statue construction and unveiling, Andy ... at first I thought, boy, that doesn't look anything like Sylvester Stallone, and then I realized it was a statue of Rocky Marciano, NOT Rocky Balboa! LOL!
Wonderful, Andy. You were so close to those legends! Wondering if there were any autograph hunters. Any pictures taken with them separately? I'd have liked one picture of the full statue at the end of the unveiling blog. You say about 'photo quality' above, but it is not that, but it is the event that counts. In such places, we don't have choice of angles or time. Right?
Dinu, I plan to stop for pics the next time I'm down there. I'll post pics if it's before the end of the month when my Dave's subscription runs out. You can always see them on Daily Pics, ya know.
We continue this series in the next part as this has grown long enough to necessitate a new one. Thanks to all who have shared many lovely pictures. Let's continue the good work. The next part which is # 145 is here: