Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Pumpkin



*Photo courtesy of Son # 1.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Texas or Mexican Olive

From the archives of 2006, this flower is from a bush that grows in southern Texas,  I have heard called both the Texas and the Mexican Olive.  According to TopTropicals, it is called Cordia boissieri - White Geiger tree, Texas Olive, Anacahuita.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Iris, A Personal Fav

From the garden and archives of Reflections, I love the soft smudgy splots of color.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dahlia's Bee

From Reflection's archives, taken in September 2009. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cat Tails In The Fall

*These two photos taken the same day, same stretch of country road, same "patch" of cat tails.

** Found this web site, did not verify information, did find it to be very interesting.  Who knew??  And, my sense of awe for the plants of our world grows again.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Box Elders, Asian Lady Beetles, Both Are Blah Blech & Ick

We all love fall, but, on those really warm fall days, we DO NOT love the visitors that swarm out of somewhere and end up on the sides of our homes, like a moving and sometimes, biting carpet.  EWWW.

There were hundreds of both, and I had to try the macro on them.  OK, they are even more ugly blown up on my computer screen.  EWWW.

But, I had to try! I really am fascinated by the close up, they look so different.

The Box Elder Bug's real name is Boisea trivittata, and the Asian Lady Beetle's real name is Harmonia axyridis.  Somehow, that does not make them any more appealing.  EWWW

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall is a Red Kinda Time of the Year

Vivid red sugar maples, vines of all types, and from the edge of our yard, what I believe is wild sumac.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Purple and Yellow for Fall, You Bet!

Believe they are asters, growing wild along the back country roads of our area, taken the 8th of October, such a surprise among all the browns, golds, yellows, oranges and reds of fall.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pink at Last

As some of my readers may remember, Man and I live on land created by a retreating glacier, actually, the dumping grounds of said retreating glacier.  (Translation:  we live on a sand and gravel pit!) 

As I have said before, there is no way there is enough acid loving plant food in the world to get my hydrangeas to bloom blue.

But, one did finally make pink.  OK, so, it is turning because it is fall, but, beggars cannot be choosers, so,


*Encouraged by this pink, even late in the year, I heavily fed the hydrangeas again this fall!  Hope springs eternal.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fort Wayne's Children's Zoo, Capuchin Monkey Shenanigans

Who is looking at whom?? 
Me at the monkey or the monkey at me??

Is that an overbite or a snarl??

No, he/she is not playing tennis,

he/she would dump that ball in the water, I think he/she was filling it:

Twas a hot day and this guy/gal knew just what to do:

It is a bit hard to envision with just a photo, but, after watching this action for a few moments, I would have sworn he/she was washing his/her hands, moving the water from the left to the right, time and time again.

Finally tired out from all the shenanigans, decided to just flop on a rock and have a rest.  But, not for long, seems they cannot sit still for long, moments later, he/she was up and moving again.

*An interesting thing happened while I was working on this post.  I upload my photos to the Picasa storage area manually, as I want to control the place photos are stored and the size of the albums.  As I was obtaining the URL for each photo I noted that Picasa wanted to know if I wanted to name this monkey (you know, the face recogition stuff ).  My guess is that the face is close enough to a human face that Picasa thinks the monkey should have a name.  I cannot remember Picasa doing this before on any of the other animal photos I have uploaded.  Hmmmmmm!!??

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fort Wayne's Children's Zoo, Giraffes

At the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo the viewing area for the giraffes is a tall deck affair, high enough for the humans and the giraffes to get eye to eye.  No fences between the camera and the subject!

Got food??

Believe this was a youngster.

Feeding lettuce, ya, that is one long tongue!  LOL

Adult males have all these "bumps" on their heads.