Friday, October 9, 2015

A flock of Swallowtails came through in the afternoon of April 9, 2015. They always make me so happy whenever I spy one. They are noisy which I had not realized with my old hearing aid. I grabbed my camera (with long lens) and shot quite a few pictures hoping to get at least one decent picture. I ended up with two. Enjoy.

{To see a larger image, go here.}

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It has been awhile since I last did a "What I've Been Doing Lately" post. I have procrastinated long enough and since I am feeling poorly, I thought I write up the latest update.

  • Finshed the DIY Foldable Craft Table. I am pleased with the end result in spite of the terrible plans we used. I have already started using it by cutting up a brand new t-shirt to covert into canvas art. I need to do more soon and take pictures of the process.

  • My oldest grand niece was in a major accident late in August pursuing a passion of hers. When I first heard the news, I cried and was so scared for her and the family. I cannot imagine what went through the Momma's heart. I cannot imagine what my grand niece went through when the accident occurred. By all reports, she (my grand niece) is recovering nicely even though she is going crazy not being able to be active. Her mother is keeping her distracted by fostering animals. First, it was a baby goat. Currently, it is a sweet dog. I think they are fostering animals until she can go back to actively pursuing her passion which will be for several months. Yes, she wants to return in spite of what occurred. She is one brave girl and honestly, I am thrilled she wants to return. I just don't want any more accidents to happen!

  • We took a short vacation (9/17 - 918) to Padre Island. I took a few pictures and I will post them soon if they are good enough to post. We also went to Fredericksburg Trade Days (9/19) and the San Antonio Home and Garden Show (9/20) where I finally got a telescoping flag pole I have been wanting for several years. It was a nice long weekend and I think Dan was glad to return to work to get a vacation from a vacation. Ha!
  • I discovered I lost a 30+ year old filling in one of my back molars back in August. I knew I was going to need a crown and went to see a dentist. While at the dentist, it was discovered that my wisdom tooth, over the years, cut into the tooth that lost the filling. As a result, it is impossible to put a crown onto the tooth. Due to the fact that the roots extend into the sinus cavity, I will need to see an oral surgeon to extract the teeth. Speaking of which, this is probably why I kept having recurring pain in my lower sinus cavities. Anyway, I have yet to schedule an appointment. They are not bothering me at the moment; but, I know it will need to be taken care of in the future. I am just scared to death of the process.
  • We took a long weekend (9/25 - 9/27) and helped with my folk's estate sale. Two of my brothers and their wives were there. One of them did the vast majority of the work and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. All in all, it was a successful sale (and weekend). The house was officially put on the market this past Tuesday (10/6).

  • I am still working on the UFO (Unfinished Object) Cross Stitch project. I am so thrilled that I am on the final leg – the tedious back stitching. I was hoping to be done with it by my birthday – October 13. But, I think it will be finished later than I planned. {You can see the progress via past "What I've been Doing Lately" posts.}

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

{Snapped on March 28, 2015}

I could not locate Abby Gail for a few minutes and finally discovered her laying amongst the Bluebonnets. I called her by name and she looked at me and gave a slow blink. For this reason, this is not the greatest picture; but, I liked it very much simply due to the love she showed me. Her slow blinks are kind of like a kitty kisses.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Vesta Crescent or Vesta Crescentspot (Phyciodes graphica)

Shot at Garner State Park on June 2, 2015

Note: This is the butterfly I had difficulty identifying and in the course of research, found what I believe is the "correct" classification.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Garner State Park, June 1, 2015

A striped (possibly whiptail) lizard.

I was shocked I managed to snap one lone picture of one as they are lightning quick. I was doubly shocked that it came out okay.

Checkered White {Pontia protodice}

A white butterfly in a field of (lazy?) daisies

Checkered White {Pontia protodice}

A Pipevine Swallowtail {Battus philenor} on Horsemint

The "Wascally Wabbit", Jack Rabbit


Texas Bindweed {Convolvulus equitans}.

This is part of the Morning Glory family!

I snapped this one to identify later. I still have not been able to identify this flower.

Brown-eyed Susan {Rudbeckia hirta}

Checkered White {Pontia protodice}

Unidentified Moth

For more information on the differences between butterflies and months, go here.

Heavy Laden with Pollen

I believe this is a bee fly {Bombyliidae}.

A Pipevine Swallowtail {Battus philenor} on Horsemint

Vesta Crescent or Vesta Crescentspot (Phyciodes vesta)

Note: One of my field guides, copyright 2012, lists "Phyciodes vesta" and has this exact butterfly pattern pictured. However, upon further research with another butterfly I snapped (and had difficulty identifying), I believe the correct classification is "Phyciodes graphica". The common name (Vesta Crescent) is still the same. Yes, I wasted bandwidth. But, at least, I feel better about the identification of this butterfly.

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