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Every morning I have been checking on the two praying mantis in the yard to see if the praying mantis that I wrote about earlier in the week are still there. Yesterday I discovered the smaller of the two was no longer there. What I found instead was a large brown one! I got some really neat photos of this big guy and wanted to share what this bad boy looks like! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really see the detail of this beautiful, beneficial insect! Ready?

Hello!

Hello!

All legs!

All legs!

My what big teeth you have!

My what big teeth you have!

Watching

Watching

Beautiful shades of brown!

Beautiful shades of brown!

One final shot…

See you later!

See you later!

Pretty amazing insect, isn’t it?

Enjoy your Saturday! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Be well! ^..^

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This morning I thought that what I would share with you are random photos of flowers in my garden. I am hoping that today my Dr. will take me out of quarantine, so that I can expand my view of the world with you! So let’s head out!

While sitting outside, I noticed a butterfly come in and land on our miniature rose tree! This is, I believe, a gray hairstreak butterfly.

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

When the buds open on the salvia, some are white, some are red and some are a combo of the two!

Salvia

Salvia

When I shot this photo of a black-eyed Susan, I noticed one of those little yellow spiders…

A visitor on a black-eyed Susan

A visitor on a black-eyed Susan

I am singing the blues over my delphinium!

A blue delphinium

A blue delphinium

I discovered this visitor, featured in my post yesterday, on my miniature white roses!

A visitor on the roses

A visitor on the roses

One final shot. I love the softness of this photo and the contrast in colors!

The softness of a California poppy

The softness of a California poppy

Thank you taking the time to drop on by! I hope that your Wednesday is wonderful! Be well! ^..^

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Ten days ago I did a post called Return of the Mantis. This post featured a praying mantis that had camouflaged itself to match the wood on the side of our house. Yesterday I discovered two other mantis, and these are the normal green that we see! They have made themselves homes where we have had aphid activity, and they are filling up their bellies with these delectable treats! Let’s go check out these amazing insects, shall we?

Can you see that I am green with envy?

I am green with envy!

I am green with envy!

Now, your challenge is to find the praying mantis in these photos!

Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Or me?

Or me?

Of course the praying mantis got its name because it looks like it is praying. What do you think?

Praying

Praying

When I went to shoot the next two photos, each one of them turned to look at me!

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

These little guys like to not only hang out upside down…

Upside down

Upside down

…they also like to be on top of the world!

On top of the world!

On top of the world!

I think that this insect is one of the coolest insects that we have here in the foothills! Did I mention that they fly?

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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Yes, I have a tasty garden! At least the deer seem to think so! :) Because the deer like my garden so much, most of what I have planted are deer proof or deer resistant plants. There is a difference between the two. The deer proof plants they just will not touch, like my rosemary. The deer resistant plants are plants that the deer will not normally eat, but they will eat if they are hungry enough. I caught a few photos of one such deer who actually nibbled on the rosemary only to spit it out! So for today, I share with you photos of this lovely doe! The captions speak for themselves! Enjoy!

Coming to visit

Coming to visit

A shake of her head

A shake of her head

Licking her chops

Licking her chops

She's a beauty!

She’s a beauty!

Turning to go

Turning to go

See you later!

See you later!

So? What do you think? Isn’t she a beauty?

Have one heck of an amazing week and an excellent Monday! Thank you for dropping by! Be well! ^..^

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Marigolds are a very sunny flower and a great addition to any garden! They are beneficial in that this lovely plant has an odor that keeps some of those pesky garden insects away, like the aphid! They are also a deer resistant plant! There are yellow marigold and orange, but I prefer the beauty of the variegated variety called Queen Sophia. They have an amazing rust color and as the blossom ages it changes color! So, for today I give to you Marigolds in the Morning!

Marigolds in the Morning!

Marigolds in the Morning!

An emerging blossom

An emerging blossom

A bit of sunshine!

A bit of sunshine!

Amazing colors

Amazing colors

Positively glowing!

Positively glowing!

An older blossom of pure sunshine!

An older blossom of pure sunshine!

I hope that you enjoyed this series of photos! Be well and have an amazing Saturday! ^..^

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This week the WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Fray.” This could be a worn or raveled edge from something nature created or from constant rubbing. Photos are already coming to mind as I write this! Ready to see what Fray means to me? Let’s go!

In the spring, the buffalo in Yellowstone try to relieve themselves of their winter coats. They do this by rubbing their bodies up against the trees. We came across a tree that showed evidence of this!

Buffalo hair stuck to a tree

Buffalo hair stuck to a tree

Here are a couple of palm leaves that I photographed while in Mexico. Notice the strings hanging from the plants!

Palm Green

Palm Green

To me, the petals on the Gilardia always look frayed!

Gilardia

Gilardia

A jumble of seaweed that I discovered floating in the bay at Santa Catalina shows worn edges from being battered in the ocean before settling here.

At the surface

At the surface

The ducks around our local lake shed their feathers. These are the old feathers from a white goose.

Downy feathers

Downy feathers

Enjoy your day and be sure to check out other posts by clicking here!

Be well! ^..^

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One of the most commonly seen critters here in the Sierra Foothills, and elsewhere, are squirrels. This year the squirrels are really packing it in! Could they be telling us that we are in for a rough winter? They have been very busy harvesting pine cones, and not only the brown ones, but the green ones as well! I captured one of these visitors in a series of photos. What caught my attention was him chirping and the continual tapping he was doing on the side of the tree! Let’s go check him out!

He hung in this spot for quite a bit, chirping often and doing that tapping thing. The turkeys were nearby. Maybe he was announcing his presence to them…

Coming to visit

Coming to visit

Something catches his eye at the base of the tree…he moves closer to it!

Spying a pine cone

Spying a pine cone

Here he is checking out the pine cone for its nuts.

Looking for the nut

Looking for the nut

He is hearing the camera shutter clicking, and looks up at me!

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Then he begins to eat. Notice all the pine cone debris around him.

Chowing on a pine cone

Chowing on a pine cone

Having had his fill, he heads back up the tree…

Silhouette

Silhouette

I hope that you enjoyed this series of photos! Thank you for taking some time today to stop by for a visit! Be well! ^..^

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