Friday, June 14, 2024

"Mommy!!!!"


 Baby Orchard Oriole begging mom for a little something to eat this morning in Valley Forge
And here is the beautiful Willow Flycatcher who was perched near the baby Orchard Oriole.  Another great morning in Valley Forge.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

A walk in the Field in Valley Forge

I got up early one morning this week and drove out to my favorite bug field in Valley Forge.  Oh, it was so good.  They are all young bugs for the most part.  Tiny and difficult to see, but they still have all their body parts.  Here's what I found:  First the Ambush Bug.  The ambush bug looks a little like a flower and hides on the side of a plant or on top of a flower and grabs his prey with his huge forearms.  

















Then next was the Jumping Spider.  If you look closely you can see a reflection of my macro lens in each of his four front eyes.











     



Then came this imposter:   The Camouflage Looper Inch Worm.  He is a regular inchworm except that he bites off the flowers he is eating and using his spit, he glues the flowers onto his body to act as camouflage to his predators.  


And here is a plane old regular inchworm on a little flower. 
Finally the fabulous Robberfly.  Look at those compound eyes.  He is perched on a plant where the camouflage looper inchworm had gotten his camouflage.  Check it out by looking above at that looper.  Oh the wonders of nature.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Babies, Babies Everywhere!

Bunny in the Front Yard

Fawn in the High Grass

Baby Slug in the Morning

Bluebirds Before the Babies Arrive

 

Friday, May 10, 2024

We are in Slovenia!!

 Tom and I arrived in Slovenia a few days ago and we are exploring this beautiful little jewel of a country in the Balkans.  Here we are at Josip Tito's summer house overlooking Lake Bled.  See far in the distance is Bled Castle.  More to come.


Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Warblers Have Returned!!

 It was a spectacular day for the warblers return to Valley Forge.  Here are a few photos from today.

Prothonotary Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

White Eyed Vireo

Northern Perula

Northern Perula

Northern Perula

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

First Palm Warbler of the Season. Woot, Woot!!

I was sitting on a log in the woods and far in the distance I saw this little bird.  When I looked a little closer, I realized it was one of maybe three palm warblers playing and eating in the woods. Beautiful perch.
 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Solar Eclipse in Valley Forge

Such a fun day today.  I went with my friend Alison and her sister Leslie to see the eclipse in Valley Forge.  We had no expectations, but it was a spectacular sight none-the-less.  There were lots of people there, lots of kids, lots of dogs, lots of sunglasses.  A really fun wonderful day for Valley Forge.  In the sky there were a lot of clouds. We would get little stretches of great sitings of the eclipse and then all would disappear back under the clouds.  I had no filter for my camera and was scared to death if I took a picture and might ruin the sensor.  Well the clouds became my filter and I got a couple good shots.  That's Alison checking out the sun through her eclipse glasses.  Could not have been more fun.