Monday, May 27, 2013

Baby Praying Mantis on a Japanese Maple Leaf (Click Image for Fuller View)

A few weeks ago I let go three little egg sacs full of baby praying mantises in the front and side yards.  I hadn't seen any of the babies since that day until today when I saw a whole slew of them on our Japanese Maple Tree.  They are the tiniest little things but hopefully will grow into great big wonderful insects.  I'll keep posting as they grow.

The Fox and the Woodpecker are Two Contest Finalists This Month! (Click Fox to see eyebrows)

Fox with Expressive Eyebrows
The Pileated Woodpecker

Dancing on a Droplet

Orb Weaver Spider in Valley Forge                                                                           .

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Yellow Lynx Spider with Great Legs

I Am Not Your Mom!

These little ducklings were convinced I was their mom.  Every time I tried to take a picture they would run towards me.  Then I would get up run away from them, turn around and try to get their picture, and before I could get them in focus there they were in hot pursuit.  Must be rather tiring to be a duck mother.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Leading Tone Lessons - Spring Recital

Today was the Spring Recital for Yumiko's music school.  She and her friend Melanie Dernoga wowed the crowd with spectacular solos.  Melanie sang Justin Bieber's "Fall" and Yumiko played an excerpt from Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major.  Not a dry eye in the house.

Carp Reviews Picture in Cell Phone (Click for Better View)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shy Hummingbird with Tongue

Taken from inside our family room with the window wide open.  So glad she didn't come in for lunch.

Shake it Baby

Red Tailed Hawk in the Woods

I spent a glorious two hours with this hawk late in the afternoon today in Valley Forge. (Click for better view.)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Baby Praying Mantises

This past winter I found a praying mantis egg sac in the field at Valley Forge.  I brought it home, put it in a paper bag on the windowsill and waited to see if the eggs would hatch.  This morning I opened the bag and inside were about 200 pairs of eyes staring back at me.  All those little praying mantises wanted to go outside and play.  I set up a little photo studio outside in the back yard and took pictures of all the little guys.  Here are a few: