Saturday, June 24, 2017

Common whitetail

 We don't see them often, but now and then damselflies and dragonflies visit our Wildscape. This morning, a friendly common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) allowed me to get some nice photographs. Thank you!



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Remember to look closely



You never know what you might find.
(Crab spider lurking on Texas milkweed.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Color color color

 A volunteer....purple bindweed (Ipomoea cordatotriloba)

 Zinnias that I planted from seed.
 Woolly ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri)
 Texas star hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) and Simpson's rosinweed (Silphium simpsonii)
Aztec spur-throat (Aidemona azteca)

Wren house

Patrick, my son, and his fiancee, Gabby, gave us this cute bird house last Christmas. Well, we've got tenants! Cute ones, too. Meet our Carolina wren family. These past few days, a parental pair have been busy feeding mouths. Awhile ago, I snuck some photos of the brood. I'm fairly certain there are at least four nestlings. All hungry, ALL day long.





Friday, June 9, 2017

More...uh....yard art

The Blanco Lavender Festival starts today. This afternoon, James and I wandered among the vendor booths on the square. Oh, look, I exclaimed, Jean Porras/Mosaic Garden Treasures, a glass artist from Florence, Texas, was back! Go ahead, James told me, buy some more. So I did! I purchased three more glass birds to add to my original green bird (last photo) I bought last year and have enjoyed so much. Aren't they cool?



Found a baby animal?


Here's some good advice on what to do if you find a baby bird or mammal, put together by Wildlife Rescue Inc. in Austin: