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|31||medium||Left alone to guard the car at the supermarket.|
|30||medium||It's been an unusually good spring for spiders.|
|29||medium||This fellow was trapped in a web in a corner on the deck. He looked like a late 19th-century glider made of black lace and red velvet.|
|28||medium||The pond weed began blooming this week. Hydrilla? The blossoms are solitary, on a thin stalk that puts them about 1/2 above the water. They're about the diameter of a pencil.|
|27||medium||These glossy black beetles are about 1-1/4" long and eat their way through the logs in the woodpile. Without better lights, I couldn't get a good photo of the dark surfaces, but I was amazed to see that they're infested with mites. You can see a cluster of large ones in the middle left and masses of smaller ones. Pretty gross, isn't it, Katy?|
|26||medium||This guy is too cool for only one photo. Click on these, too.|
|25||medium||Another spider. This little guy is a stalker rather than a web builder. He's very agile and can jump six inches or more. Very cocky demeanor; nearly fearless, and a face that reminds me of a cocker spaniel (with a half-dozen eyes). Very odd large mouth parts, too.|
|24||medium||I have no idea what this is. It crawled up the curtains in the office one day and disappeared immediately after I shot this picture.|
|23||medium||Something ate a chunk from the this magnolia leaf. A moth caterpillar?|
|22||medium||A young magnolia leaf, with shadows from the early morning sun.|
|21||medium||A new wisteria shoot. The flash was too hot, but the silvery effect is interesting.|
|20||medium||A "granddaddy longlegs" spider who just finished molting. The old skin is shriveled at the lower left.|
|19||medium||The wired rabbit on JP's doorstep.|
|18||medium||A spittlebug on one of the rhododendrons. They're soft-bodied bugs that protect themselves with masses of foam. (They really are bugs - hempitera - soft-bodied insects that suck juices from plants.)|
|17||medium||A flower from the big poplar tree in the back yard.|
|16||medium||This fellow built a web above the ferns at the end of the pond. He/she is less than 1/2" long.|
|15||medium||A centipede cruising down the walkway.|
|14||medium||New fern frond unwrapping.|
|13||medium||It's a hand-held closeup shot at 1/30 sec and about 3/4" from the flower after a bumblebee had just departed. I know it's out of focus, but the effect is interesting.|
|12||medium||Scooter the dog contemplates human behavior, art, and architecture at Tommy's place in the Georgia mountains.|
|11||medium||These pods appear at the base of the heleboris plants every spring. I don't think the plant propagates by seeds. Any ideas?|
|10||medium||Spot, the cat. (not mine)|
|9||medium||This spider lurks in the very bottom of a rhododendron flower and attacks insects that visit the flower for nectar. Note the multiple pairs of eyes in this closeup.|
|8||medium||A spider that wandered into the garden pond. Surface tension makes the water in the pond an entirely different thing for a small critter than for us.|
|7||medium||Wild strawberry emerging. It's about the size of a pencil eraser and has approximately the same flavor.|
|6||medium||A wild strawberry blossom in the back yard.|
|5||medium||A rhododendron wet from last night's rain.|
|4||medium||Chlorox bottles left over from a battle with mildew on the deck.|
|3||medium||A glass of lemonade
made using the violet blossom syrup we made earlier this spring. Violets were very
popular during the 19th century as a candied confection and as a springtime source of
vitamin C. The blossoms and the greens are good in salads.
The jasmine climbing the wall is just beginning to bloom.
|2||medium||My friend Nell from Palo Alto made this tiny Frisbee dog for me.|
The tip of a maple leaf blown down yesterday by the wind.
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