Monthly Archives: July 2014

Do This Daily

Good health is essential. Keep limber with a daily stretch and strong with regular exercise. Know why you never see a fat fox? (Or coyote, or rabbit or any wild animal ) Because they are active every day! We can learn from them.



Weekly Puzzler #19

Have you ever seen something like this as you were walking along outside? It looks just like someone spit here!

Do you know what it is? CLICK HERE to learn the answer!




Weekly Puzzler Answer #18

puzzle9-07Years ago I found this white silken cocoon-looking thing in the bottom of my bluebird box and had no idea what it was. As I was removing it from the box, I accidentally tore the edge of it and all of these small yellow balls spilled out. Come to find out they are spider eggs! puzzle8-0041

Spiders, like insects, start their lives as eggs. Spiders wrap their eggs in silk, which they produce in their bodies and then shoot out through faucet-like spigots on the backside of their bodies called spinnerets. All spiders produce silk, but not all of them build a web, as many are active hunters who stalk their prey rather than try to catch it in a silken trap.

I was very afraid of spiders as a child… Read about it HERE. Or, if you want to learn about some popular spider myths, CLICK HERE. Or to see some photos of spiders, CLICK HERE.

This spider carries around her egg sac to protect them

This spider carries around her egg sac to protect them

This spider's eggs look like a mini golf ball!

This spider’s eggs look like a mini golf ball!

Notice the spinnerets.

Notice the spinnerets.

Looking with New Eyes…

Beauty is all around us… if you LOOK, you will find it. Let it be the foundation of your day.

Perfection!Small Details Storm moving inPicture perfect!Tiny mirrorsWhat colors!A lovely morningLuna moth!Even spiders can be beautiful Layers Sky tv SilhouetteLittle wondersA new dayMiniature worldsWinged wondersContemplation Evening blissCaught!Time...Orange and blackWater art

Weekly Puzzler #18

I took this photo many years ago… do you know what these are? CLICK HERE for the answer.


Weekly Puzzler Answer #17

puzzle5-7739It is amazing when you stop to consider that even though there are MANY more moths than butterflies, most people are only familiar with butterflies. Of course that’s because most moths are nocturnal. But Lepiodptera–which is the latin name for butterflies and moths and means “scale wing”–is mostly moths, more than 85%!

They are not all white or small, as you can see here by this lovely Tulip Tree Moth who showed up one night recently and stayed long enough for me to photograph her. I know it’s a she because of her antennae. Male moths have very feathery antennae, which they use for smelling the special perfumes, or pheromones, that the female moth gives off. Here is a photo of a male Tulip Tree Moth. Notice the much more feathery antennae. MOTH9-8007

If you want to learn how to attract moths to your yard–this is especially fun if you have kids and want to show them what’s active in the night Click HERE .



Be your own leader…. And listen to the music of nature.