Sunday, October 3, 2010

yard critters and passing MOO's

like i said in my previous  post, frisky friday...
Back to Nature next time. and

i've taken some pretty cool pictures over the past few days.
hang on...let's go for a ride...

this is an Orange Barred Sulpher Butterfly.
(want to learn MORE about butterflies and moths? check out this link!!)

 Grasshopper on the front 
                               window screen. 

the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. 
their wings are a beautiful silver on the under side.
this one was across the the field...

Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.  ~Author Unknown

i love to read...and learn about all the plants, insects, vertebrates that i see all around me. i found this pretty informative  "ID Nature" site the other day 
so i thought i'd pass it along...Discover Life
i also added it to the side bar under "more cool places to check out".
this is the Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
 i found this garden site where they have short, easy to understand 
descriptions of the EIGHT florida woodpeckers....
along with nice pictures for ID.

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. 
 ~Henry David Thoreau 

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, 
to match your nature with nature.  ~Joseph Campbell 

last week...on my way to a client's house...
(i do ALOT of driving. i'm a massage therapist, 
and have been making in-home visits for 13 years).
i passed this field of COWS. 
it's one of the University of Florida's Agriculture/Beef teaching fields.

and lastly...i caught these two lovebugs with my camera.
as soon as the females emerge...they look for a mate...
attach themselves to each other...
yep - in the mating position...and that's how they stay! 
you RARELY see a lone lovebug!
 if you don't live in the southeast...then you might not know about these tiny 'nuisance' bugs. the good thing is they don't bite or sting. but they can come in swarms...and when driving...their little squished bodies on the windshield can make it very difficult to see, they can clog the radiator, and due to the acidity of their bodies, they can corrode your car's metal if they're not washed off within a couple of days. 
there is/was an Urban Legend...myth...folklore about the LoveBug...
which some people STILL believe...
that lovebugs are synthetic and are the result 
of  a University of Florida's genetic experiment gone wrong!!
you can read more about this and the lovebug here at wiki...
OR go to the UF extension site here for more lovebug info.

Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.  ~Ogden Nash 

well...'til next time. enjoy nature. stay cool.
laura :]

Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.   ~Mark Twain


  1. Beautiful photos. Enjoyed everyone of them.

  2. As a resident of Jax, FL and a nature lover I just want to tell you how much I enjoy everything about your site. It is always such a pleasure to come here and fill my senses with your beautiful images and words.

  3. I am so ♥ing the frog picture, of course, haha!

  4. Ah Laura, just brilliant!
    So much to enjoy, thank you :D

  5. Thanks, as usual for the great web site...I am definitely not in love bug mode!...:)JP

  6. love your quote from Joseph Campbell. I'm afraid our kids are missing out.

  7. THANKS EVERYONE!! for taking the time to stop by and enjoying the pictures...
    and the LOVEBUG lesson! ha!

  8. Not sure, but I think that cute little froggie may be one of the dreaded Cuban Tree Frogs, an invasive species I just learned about, that are eating all of our native tree frogs. You can go to the EDIS site to find out more about this species. The main way to tell the difference in this species is size. The Cuban is almost twice the size of our natives. I learned about these through a Master Gardener course I'm taking thru the Agricultural Extension Dept which is a part of UF. It's been a really interesting course and I can never learn enough about the marvels of nature.

  9. thanks Cari! i thought it MIGHT be the cuban tree frog...but not too sure...was hard to see the entire little critter and i didn't want to scare him away. BUT he really wasn't any bigger than those green tree frogs we have here...
    i wish i had the time to take courses like what you much i want to do...and so little time...come on retirement!! :)


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