Woolly Caterpillar

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Never in a rush;

Familiar brown and black –

Autumn visitor.

 

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A regular visitor in the Fall to our garden – the Woolly Caterpillar!

I noticed these two over a week ago.

Fascinating for me always are their colours and the bristly, yet soft texture of their “woollyness.”

 

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The next day I spied another woolly caterpillar, but this one was ambling along on our driveway, and since I was headed for town, I didn’t want to endanger this little one.

I gently picked it up to move it to a safer spot.  It immediately went into protective mode….all curled up into a woolly ball.  🙂

 

 

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Unique Mailboxes #3

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Eye-catching design;

Familiar colours…and STOP!

Letter passengers.

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I was driving down one of the country roads near where I live – one that I take quite regularly – and on this particular day, I noticed something new.

Curious really.

It so happens that there are two neighbouring houses being built in a woodsy area with both driveways leading onto that country road….one house just getting its foundation poured and the other one already with sides up.  As a result of the big cement truck and other trucks parked along the roadside, it required passing vehicles to slow down around them.  Added to that the road is quite curvy, so I paid closer attention than before and noticed this cool-looking yellow mailbox at another long-established driveway. It was too irresistible, so I stopped to get some pics.  A rather creative design! 

Whilst at the same time I got to wondering how I hadn’t ever noticed this mailbox before!  Life is funny that way, isn’t it?

 

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Wouldn’t that put a smile on your face every time you picked up the mail?  🙂

 

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A Winged Friend Drops In

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Country road driving,

Fluttering wings catch my eye;

Hello, Hitchhiker!

 

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Just over a week ago I was driving along the back roads from finishing some work, and the sun was shining, and I had my windows rolled down a bit to let the wind blow in gently.

Listening to the radio and glancing at the rear-view mirror periodically, at one point my gaze was immediately drawn to some erratic fluttering in the back window.  I soon realized what it was and stopped the car – it’s a quiet stretch of road where I was – and went to investigate further.  Somehow….not sure if via the open windows or when I had opened and closed the hatchback door earlier, this gentle creature managed to get inside for a ride.

I wondered how attached butterflies and moths get to their surroundings, for I may have relocated this one several kilometres further from where it had been.

In any case, I took some photos of this daring wanderer and then set it free….to flutter away in its characteristic style on the flow of the breeze.

 

 

 

A fascinating lizard

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Still as a statue,

Calm, quiet, immoveable;

How a gecko rests.

 

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At a friend’s house I always like to go have a peek at his pet gecko in its little “desert” home.

Most of the time, it hides behind the plastic leaves and other objects, and I may catch a glimpse of its tail or elbow.

Last week it showed much more of itself!

Its head and front legs….and it seemed to react to my camera nearby, as it moved out just a little bit further and tilted its head to look more in my direction, and I could watch its throat swallowing, much like a frog’s throat does.  And the eyes are such tiny slits and don’t seem to blink.  SO cool!

Another photo that I took….(tilted for a different angle)

 

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Surprise Visitors!

 

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Moving quietly,

Two deer foraging keenly;

Such gentle creatures.

 

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When I was at a friend’s house last Monday, at one point in the early afternoon, I happened to glance out the window and was treated to the sight of these two lovely, young deer, as they looked about and helped themselves to fresh greens to nibble on.

The presence of my friend’s cat on the outside porch – glancing with curiosity in their direction – didn’t seem to faze them much, other than they took note that the cat was there.

Harmony prevailed.

The deer grazed.

The cat lazed.

 

 

 

 

The First Spring Flower!

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Carpet of old leaves,

Remainder of melted snow –

The snowdrop bursts forth!

 

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The first shoot of green I noticed in the garden two days ago after my walk.

A tender green in a sea of brown.

One single, solitary snowdrop.

Others will pop up soon, but this is the one that stretched its way through the ground to catch those warm sun rays….and show itself….first.

Surrounded by brown and dried up leaves, that little bit of green – and white! – pops out…..and well….gives me something more to smile about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Winged Visitor

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A buzz and a flit,

Then quietly, lightly perched –

Fly, four-winged dragon!

 

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I spotted this reddish dragonfly whilst roaming in the front garden last summer.  First she flitted here and there, and I thought….”Too fast for a picture!  I wish she’d land somewhere and give me a chance.”

And, d’you know?  She listened!

Next thing I knew she had landed on this well-situated plant and stood there patiently, as if to say, “Well, what are you waiting for?  I’m ready!”

She was in no hurry.  I snapped several photos of her, admiring the detail in her fine, lacy wings, her colours, and what a unique looking insect overall.

I love seeing dragonflies.  I’ve had one land on my leg while canoeing on a river; I’ve had another one land on my shoulder as I was in the garden.  I enjoy watching their flight….how light and graceful they move.

Before posting this photo though, just to make sure my information was correct, I double-checked online to see what the differences are between dragonflies and damselflies.  I came across a helpful blog post here, which confirmed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Calla Lily Opens

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One long white petal

Unfurling into curling

The spadix revealed.

 

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In a beautifully laid out backyard garden on the South Island of New Zealand last November, I went exploring with my camera and found ever so many wondrous colours and forms in plants, leaves, and flowers.

This particular calla lily plant had budding flowers in varying stages of development, as well as some dried up ones among its blooms.  They were all so fascinating!

 

 

 

 

Preserved in Snow

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Warm spells in winter

Cause icy snow to retreat;

Surprises revealed!

 

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Last week, for about a day and a half, the temperatures in our area moved up high enough that a good deal of the layers of snow and ice melted down.  As I was walking along the pathway toward the front door of our house on that warm afternoon, I noticed this still greenish oak leaf lightly embraced by retreating snow – but not withered and dry.  Still somewhat soft and pliable due to the preserving affect of the ice and snowy layers during the cold period.