Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Birds and Bugs






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  1. Lovely birds! And is that a stinger on that bug in the second photo? If so, I would not want to run into that one.

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    1. Sharon-- That second photo is of a crane fly. No stinger, but a bit of a pest in other ways!

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  2. An excellent selection! I especially love that second photo of the cranefly (or whatever it is) -- the curl of the vine tendril is wonderful.

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    1. Steve-- So glad you liked the photos. The curling of that tendril on our pea plants is what I love about that photo as well.

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  3. You make even the bugs look good. That last bug looks like he has been lifting weights. What forearms:)

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    1. Patti-- I love looking closely at bugs. They are so interesting and other-worldly. Yes, that mantis really does have some hefty forearms!

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  4. Cool photos, but I have developed,um, reservations about mantises. Evidently they have been known to attack hummingbirds! Ya, ya, I know, nature, etc., but ewwww...

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    1. isabelita-- I have seen photos of mantises hunting hummingbirds. It is brutal, but that's the sad way of the world. Ugh. I wish it weren't so.

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  5. Superb, been getting photos of fungus lately myself

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    1. Bill-- Glad you like these. I love photos of fungus!

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    1. paullamb-- Oh when that glorious sun comes out, you know where we are!

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  7. Beautiful. I love how the greens and blues go so well together.

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  8. No words needed! I hope the fires are soon under control. You were wise to delay the trip.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We're having rain here, and supposedly it's going to head south to Sonoma and Napa counties and help to put out those fires. We're looking forward to a better time to make the journey south.

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  9. All great photos, but OH! that blue, blue heron.

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    1. Colette-- Glad you like these photos. The interesting thing about the heron is that both photos are of the same bird taken a few minutes apart. Top photo shooting into the sun, bottom photo sun behind me.

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  10. Nice photos Robin! I like all those creatures except one. The Mantis! I hate those things. It is bad enough that if watch them up close, you could swear by the way that examine you, that they are thinking. I walked out into the back yard one morning, and saw that a mantis had impaled a hummingbird with one of this long spiky things, and was eating it. I hate to think that we lured that hummer to his death with the feeder we had out.

    There are 12 different type of mantis, some are beautiful, and some are downright terrifying. If you have the time and/or inclination. Here is a link to a short video about them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI_DOkMJUbo

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    1. Pat-- I always hate knowing that mantis can actually hunt and kill a hummingbird. Such a brutal thing. Makes me wonder if there are ways to protect hummingbird feeders from predators like that. Thank you for the link to the video!

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