The boys’ fall break was today and yesterday, so we’ve been in Gulf Shores since Friday night. This post appears as we’re headed back, probably not far from the Bates House of Turkey for lunch. The Gulf was as startlingly clear and beautiful as I’ve ever seen it. We saw stingrays and dolphins the whole [...]
A common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) came and posed for me this afternoon. I could get some great swallowtail shots right now, if they’d ever stop to rest. I also enjoyed this one, though. I hope you have a good weekend.
So Lea emailed me this afternoon to ask if I’d seen the spider by the Japanese maple when I was home for lunch. I hadn’t, but her description (and the less-than-optimal look at her photo on my phone) made me think it was probably our old friend Argiope aurantia (aka the yellow and black garden [...]
We’re home from back-to-back family reunions (Lea’s mother’s family, Lea’s mother’s mother’s family) in northern southern Indiana. Essentially we hung out with warm, wonderful people and gorged on country cooking for two days. I’ll tell you, I’ve never been a fan of sustained exposure to a very large city. Generally I enjoy myself for about [...]
This fellow was surprisingly hard to specifically identify with a quick Google. If you know what it is, speak up. It was hanging out on the front porch when the BamaDans left tonight after an afternoon and evening of stimulating fellowship.