Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hawk in the Woods Today!!

 Well it was one of those days.  Cooled off a bit and the mosquitos were gone, but nothing much happening for a few hours.  I was walking back along the interline drive when I heard a red bellied woodpecker.   Immediately this beautiful young red tailed hawk flew right up in front of me with a little vole in his talons.  He stayed around for a good half hour.  Started screeching to probably get me to stop talking to him.  Here he is:

Sunday, September 12, 2021

From Beginning to End

I came across a large probably female praying mantis in the bog in Charlestown Meadows just as she was finishing a little skipper butterfly.  In front of her was a little wildflower with an inchworm exploring the flower.  The mantis finished her butterfly, hunched over the flower, grabbed the inchworm in a flash, ate it up in a flash and then cleaned her extraordinarily sharp fingernails.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Little Jumper on the Ragweed

This little guy was so curious.  He left his little green leafy space and climbed up to the top of the ragweed and just sat down and wondered what the heck was going on. He let me take a million photographs.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Tippy Toes

 Look at those orange toes!!  Mrs. Mallard at Eastern College Pond.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Home Again Rose (About a Thousand Kisses Shy)

Crouching Brown Thrasher


We got home from Gloucester last night around five. I was back in Valley Forge today by noon and the birdies were still there crouching on the branches.  It was a marvelous three weeks, but also so good to be back home.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Jon's Last Day

Well it's Thursday and almost time to start to pack up and head on home.  Jon and the kids left this morning, but before they left we took a picture of the crew.   See Annie on Tom's lap?


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Whale's Tail

One of six humpback whales we saw today in The Atlantic Ocean off of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  This guy came right up to our boat and gave us a good look.  So amazing!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Beautiful Ann

 Last few days in Gloucester and so fun to take pictures of Tom's beautiful grandchildren.  Here's Ann.  Sweet Ann.


 Here's Piper - the little pip.  Sort of reminds me of me when I was a little girl.  Wild and mischievous.


Just about the cutest and nicest young man on the planet. (Tom's grandson on a rock in Gloucester)

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Piper Being Piper

Oh to have wings!!  Still here in Gloucester and still having more fun than is legal.....  This is Tom's granddaughter Piper.  Also known as "Fearless".

Friday, August 27, 2021

Sunrise in Gloucester on My Birthday

I woke up before dawn and ran down to the beach to welcome the sun. What a perfect birthday present!


Thursday, August 26, 2021

More from Gloucester

We had a wonderful mini family reunion last night at Tom's cousins Tom and Sally Simons' house in Gloucester.  Fabulous house, great food and the cutest, biggest dogs known to mankind.  

That's Tom and Sally Simons on the right with Theo, then Tom and Me, and then Tom's daughter Jessica and her husband Bill, then the Simons kids, Tyler, Molly holding Cooper Joy with husband Cris

Howdy who is about six feet tall

Theo tuckered out

Thursday, August 19, 2021

We are Here in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Tom and I took the plunge and rented a house overlooking the ocean in Gloucester.  Three weeks!!  What the heck will we do?  Well, I am taking loads of pictures and having more fun than is legal.  Here are a few:

The Happy Man

Paper Wasp Blowing a Bubble (look closely)

Semi Palmated Plover on the Beach

Great Egret

Mockingbird Harassing Red Tailed Hawk

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Brag, Brag, Brag......

Eight staff favorites this month from!!  I must have a friend at Betterphoto who likes bugs and birds as much as I do. Winners will be announced in a few days.  Hang on.....

A Whole Bunch of Assassin Bugs
Common Yellow Throat

Little Blue on Orange Milkweed

Ladybug Takeoff

Cardinals in the Shadows

Red Eyed Vireo

Hoverfly on Wildflower

Milkweed Borer Boring Milkweed

Friday, July 23, 2021

Triple Score Today

 So much fun in Valley Forge today.  First I came across the hummingbird moth on the purple bee baum.  Click on each one for more fun.

Then came the monarchs in love.  And finally the baby bluebird looking up.   

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Curious Indigo and the Teenage Praying Mantis

Yesterday I spent a long time at Pawling Farm in Valley Forge.  Much of that time was photographing the very cooperative and quite curious Indigo Bunting.  And then walking down the regular path was this beautiful teenage Praying Mantis sitting at the top of a plant looking straight at me.  She stayed long enough for a great pose.  Hope you like.


Friday, July 16, 2021

"First Kiss"

Longhorn Milkweed Beetles meeting for the first time on a Sedum Leaf in Valley Forge National Park.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Our Baby Praying Mantis

This little beauty was born in a pot of flowers at the front of our driveway about six weeks ago.  We recently put in a new garden and relocated that pot of flowers to  the front porch.  Unless this is another baby altogether, I think she jumped out of the pot and is now happily making her way in the new garden.  She has been hiding out in a hydrangea plant for the last few days and posed for this picture this afternoon. Click to see how beautiful she is.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

A Red Letter Day!!

Just a few hours in Valley Forge today, but so many posers!!

The Damselfly in Black and White

The Robberfly Laying Eggs

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Milkweed

The Hummingbird