My dad creates miniatures!

At 82 years young, my dad does an amazing thing: he creates miniatures! They are from kits, with hundreds of tiny parts. He has patience and dexterity (and vision!) to put all the tiny pieces together and build these fascinating creations. I took the beach house home once it was created (of course). What will…

She’s known as the Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui, known as the Painted Lady, is also known as The Cosmopolitan in North American. She has the strange habit of flying in a sort of screw shape, something I did not observe, as she chose to pose beautifully for me among the flowers. Her names intrigue me, bringing to mind a lady of…

Smoke rises

This morning I decided to head out to our wetlands area. On Wednesday they did a controlled burn, generally an annual event in the spring. Last year they did not do the burn due to extreme drought. Instead they dug out areas of the reeds and grasses. It was quite messy, and I’m not sure…

What am I?

I found this beautiful creature Saturday morning. I’ve yet to determine what he/she is. I assume he/she is part of the dragonfly family. Any thoughts? I didn’t even realize he/she was in this photo until I looked on my computer. I believe this is a damselfly on the top of the plant. So tiny I…