Nature’s Surprises

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Nature’s Surprises


Nature has such a funny way of pulling a ‘fast one’ on us don’t you think? I love seeing moths who are the masters of disguise. I’ve taken photos of this kind before, but Christian got an absolutely stunning shot of a moth this week. 

leaves in the sidewalk

In fact, I think he was really in stellar form this week. Some of his photos were really striking—I thought.  Teenagers can get in some positions that we older moms just don’t even think to try. :o) 

He once stood atop a fence post just to take a shot from straight down. That I simply cannot do. Ha! I assume he took this one while lying on the ground. What do you think?  I love the texture of these leaves! And the perspective. I love leaves period. :o)

moth from back

Frankly nature photography, like all good photography, really requires a dash of ‘thinking outside of the box’. Young people seem to do this naturally. 

 ant carries bloom2

And sometimes it just requires getting down on ‘nature’s level’ which includes eye level. This can be challenging while taking photos of a leaf cutter ant. How I wish they didn’t love my redbud tree quite so much!

percy bothered percy surprised 

Apparently, Percy was also taken surprise by something..but it wasn’t by was a toddler..i.e. Nikolai, my grandson. The pets have taken to hiding in the oddest have some of my oldest teenagers. Rebekah said, “I didn’t realize that children could be quite so loud.” Ha-If she only knew! Once upon a time..SHE was that child. LoL!

drinking cardinal cardinal looking cardinal takes bath 

I apologize for the lack of quality of the photos here..done by me, but it’s not easy to get a good shot of a cardinal deciding on whether or not he wants to take a bath in public, without a little blur. I used a tripod and it still wasn’t quite enough. I was just too far away. But it is fun to watch this little guy gradually decide to ‘get in’ the pond. Perhaps the water was chilly. Who knows?

yellow flowering clover

I love these photos of tiny flowers Christian found blooming in the grass.
Beauty shows up in the most surprising places! 

purple wildflower  weeds flowering

Our part of Texas is famous for wildflowers. Already, the sides of the roads are covered even in the few days since these photos were taken.

Our white bushes in bloom

And the white bushes are in full bloom…next week, you’ll see the green bushes covered in pink and white flowers. They’ve bloomed since I took this photo.  


Colin, my oldest grandson,  found the tiniest inchworm at the park yesterday. He was fascinated!


Christian went looking for geckos but couldn’t find any. I went looking and found one, but couldn’t get him in a photo in time before he disappeared. Christian took this photo instead. I loved it!  

Nature is always full of surprises!

Linking with Tracie’s Cottage Flora Thursday



Today at our house….Bathtime in Grandma’s special hooded bath towel!

Bathtime in Grandma's bath towel Bathtime Colin DSC06173


Amy said...

I've never seen a moth like the first one. Or, maybe I did and thought it was a leaf:) I adore the cardinal photos. So pretty with the reflections. Such a nice post.

Kerrie said...

Great job on all of the photos, I really enjoyed them!

Breathing In Grace said...

You've gotta know that I love the cardinal photos!!! All of them are great shots!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your photos are great - love the moth! It is hard to get good photos of birds without a telephoto lens, they're never close enough for me.

Maria Killam said...

Awww look at the little angels so adorable!! Hey what is happening with your colours? Do you we need to tweak them now that you have a new sofa? We could have another quick phone conversation if you'd like. . .

That moth is amazing how it matches the leaves, no kidding!

Let me know,

Needled Mom said...

Fabulous photos!!! Those moths are amazing.

Awwww...sweet little ones all scrubbed clean.

nannykim said...

So many nice photos and so much to give thanks for. I am always amazed at how insects can look like other things in nature! Grandkids are so much fun--my daughter has hoodie towels for her kids too!

Olive said...

The moth is special and I love the red bird triptic. Visiting from Flora Thursdays.

Caroline said...

Fantastic pictures of the moth!

Kelly said...

Great post as always Donna. That moth is pretty amazing! Your son is an excellent photographer. I relly like those shots of the cardinal! I would so LOVE to see them in my backyard!
Hugs and blessings

GlorV1 said...

Great photos, I love them all. Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

Love the moth, the red ant, and the whole theme of discovering surprises in nature! Visiting from Cottage Flora...

Natasha in Oz said...

These pictures are incredible! What a talented photographer. I don't think I have ever seen a moth like that before.

I must remember to get down on the ground a bit more when taking pictures-thanks for the reminder!

Best wishes and happy Friday,

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

I found you at Cottage Flora Thursdays and have fallen in love with your blog. Nature intrigues me. You've captured its beauty in your photos. I'm your new follower and would be thrilled for you to follow my blogs, too. Have a happy day!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for linking your post to Cottage Flora Thursday's - what a funny little moth - i would have completely mistaken this little guy for a leaf & swept him with the other leaves! lol
Your photo's are always so pretty! xoxo, Tracie

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