Thursday, August 16, 2012
The jewelweed at sunrise is covered with jewel-like dew drops, until the yellow jacket wasp sneaks in and eats the night's nector, knocking off the dew drops as she leaves. She can just be seen here at the bottom of the flower.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
With wings folded, the male and female look identical, as can be seen with this mating pair. I took this picture last fall in Springbrook's west prairie.
This is the female to the left. I took this picture shortly after sunrise two days ago in the south prairie. It is rare to see them with their wings open like this. She was trying to warm up and had her wings facing directly at the sun. The females are supposed to be drab, but her colors seemed quite vivid to me.
These tiny but pretty butterflies are almost always around on any hike at Springbrook during the summer. But you have to be looking for them, or they will flash past you and into the tree tops unseen.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
I think the flower looks like something Georgia O'Keeffe would have painted.
As I took the picture of the bumblebee leaving the flower below, I was surprised later to notice the green tree frog in the upper right of the picture. I didn't see it when I was there!
Monday, August 6, 2012
I took these pictures this morning from Springbrook's long floating boardwalk. There were at least 25 of these herons hunting, preening, or noticing that a spot another heron had looked better, so let's fly over and check it out.
In the picture below all the primary and secondary wing feathers can be seen and counted as the heron comes in for a landing. All the new feathers have molted in and it is ready to migrate.