Hummingbirds, My Love of Summer

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The challenge of my summer this year was to capture as many hummingbirds as I could. Those little guys are so fast .Sometimes I would sit for a hour lying in wait. So far I have been pretty lucky and patient. Many I might be able to add more to the video soon.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird in the United States and Canada. If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably seen one … or many.
Name and Nicknames
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have many dedicated fans. And so, they have many nicknames: ruby throated, ruby throats, rubythroat, ruby, rubies, hummers, hummer birds. Here’s their scientific name: Archilochus colubris.

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To feed the hummingbirds I use plain sugar. I also plant many varieties of plants that they like too. They are happy here and I am glad they come each year to entertain me. It is funny I always know when they are out of food , as they come buzz me and I say “Im coming to fill it up ” 

To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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New Macro Photography Captures

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SOFT PINK AND YELLOW IRIS

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SWEET WILLIAM

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PRICKLY THISTLE BLOSSOM

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TINY LITTLE SWEAT BEE

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Macro Flower Photography and Meanings

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Sweet Williams flowers are at the center of many romantic legends. One such legend is steeped in the poetry of the English writer John Gay, who wrote, Sweet Williams Farewell to black-eyed Susan: A Ballad. In this piece of poetry, both the sweet William and the black-eyed Susan were depicted as real people sweet William as a sailor, and the black-eyed Susan as his beloved, who must part from him. The story tells of the two meeting, then having to separate again sweet William assuring his love and fidelity all the while. Aside from having some artistic acclaim, sweet Williams flowers are also thought to be very useful in the culinary arts. These blossoms, which have a mild, clove-like taste, are mostly used as garnishes for cakes, pastries and drinks; however, they are also known to add a unique dash of flavor to salads, floral liquors, jellies and butters, as well as herbal tea.

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Dahlia’s are spicy flowers, and their meanings range from a sign of warning, to change, to travel, to even a portent of betrayal. The varied symbolic meanings of the dahlia make this flower a wild card. Give to that unique, eclectic person whom you wish to compliment his/her wild side. Combine them with slender flowers like irises or tulips for a striking visual display as well as a combined symbolic message that says “temper your adventures with a kind heart.”

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This is a capture of rain drops reflections on The Bachelor Button Flower. There is no secret there and it has nothing to do with processing either.Each droplet reflects its surroundings, so in each of them you can find many different reflections by simply changing the angle you look at it.A water drop is a spherical mirror which shows the reflective image inverted compared to the object (in this case).
To capture reflections in a raindrop you have to look for it unless you have serious knowledge of geometric optics.

If you don’t know the Bachelor Button by this name, you aren’t the only one. Probably, you know it by one of these names: Basketflower, Bluebottle, Hurtsickle, and Cornflower. Sometimes, this flower is known as the Boutonniere flower. But, all of these names will connect you to the same flower, which is the Bachelor Button. There is a story behind this flower, of course with a name like that. You will see that bachelors wore this flower if they liked someone and wanted to date them. The longer the flower stayed alive and the longer they wore it, it showed how strong their feelings were for that person.

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Macro Flowers

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Here are some captures of Maco flowers of  beautiful colors that  I have done these last few weeks.  Dandelions and Clematis .Thanks for Looking 🙂

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Come check out “Baby Birds” Adventure from Hatching to Flying the Coup

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I was so lucky these last few weeks to observe and witness baby Carolina Wrens from eggs to hatching to flying the coup.They made a wonderful nest of feathers ,lichen and any other scraps they could find. The made this nest in my Beguiling Begonia hanging plant. In the summer months seems to be that every patch of woods is the rollings sound of the Carolina Wren.This shy bird is hard to see but, it delivers amazing sounds and decibel . This bird has rich cinnamon plumage,white eyebrow stripe, and a long, upward-cocked tail. Male and female Carolina Wrens build their nests together. One member of the pair may stay at the site while the other gathers material. The first nest can take a week or more to build, but later ones take shape in as few as 4 days. 

Please also visit the Bird Cam Video Link I have Provided .  Day 1 of  Discovery of eggs!

Day 1 of the capturing of the eggs. Now the waiting to begin for hatching. So Excited to witness this :)

Day 1 of the capturing of the eggs. Now the waiting to begin for hatching. So Excited to witness this : )

HATCHING DAY

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Hatching day! So tiny and bald. Just amazing!!

FEW DAYS LATER

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Getting feathers and really hungry !

Look at this beaks!! No peppers open yet!

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Pink and Red Beauties

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Just some beautiful spring flowers I captured.
The Begonia Dragon Wing red, ‘Begonia x hybrida’, is a beautiful shade plant growing up to 15 inches tall with a a spread of up to 18 inches. Dragon Wing Pink Begonias perform very well in the landscape with excellent heat tolerance and garden performance. This plant is ideal for hanging baskets on the front porch or in large containers. Begonia Dragon Wings prefer planting beds that are well drained and organic-rich.

Dahlia-Dahlias are easy plants to grow and yield beautiful blooms from mid-summer through fall. In many respects, “dahlia culture” is similar to “tomato culture.” If you can grow tomatoes in your garden, you can successfully grow dahlias. The following notes will help you to add spectacular blooms and brilliant color to your garden!

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Spring Beauty Rain Drops

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Well ,I know lots people don’t like the rain. I look forward to it especially after a rain with spring blossoms . captured this right after a rain. The colors just bursted out from all the rain. This from our DogBerry bush.The dogberry bush, also called red chokeberry or choke pear, is native to most of eastern North America.

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Puppies and More Puppies

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I was so happy to capture these sweet ,adorable and just beautiful puppies. I am the lucky one. I do Charity work for Open Door Sanctuary in House Springs Missouri. It is my get away from the world as well as giving back in my community. Open Door is one of the Largest no-kill shelter in Missouri,Arkansas, Illinois as well as Iowa and Kansas. This place rocks with the love and care they provide on daily basis to so many animals. Like I said, it is my get away for JOY!

LOVE I Just enjoy the puppy breath as well as all the kisses. I could be so stress out and then I get the phone call they need some photo’s for some project and I get so excited. It is like a rush. You have to know that the Open Door is a great place for all the animals. They are so spoiled and well taken care of there. They call this Work?? I call it HEAVEN  🙂

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My Cardinal Bird Captures

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The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals dont migrate and they dont molt into a dull plumage, so theyre still breathtaking in winters snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

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The Beauty of Butterflies

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This page is dedicated to the enjoyment of butterflies, some of our world’s most beautiful creatures. The species I have photographed here are all Missouri native, with each specimen being a beautiful creature in its own unique way. Unfortunately, this kind of simple beauty that butterflies possess can often be overlooked in the busy-ness (business) of life. Thus I created a little interesting facts on different kinds. I hope you enjoy!

The Anise Butterfly
There is so many various kinds of Swallow Tails. Colors also depend on Male and female.The elegant Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is often mistaken for the Eastern Black Swallowtail . The caterpillars look nearly identical! The adults definitely have differences in markings, that, when compared side-by-side, are evident. Captured this is my back yard.

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Butterfly In Flight In the Swallowtail  Family    Not sure Of the Name of this one.

I captured this at Shaw’s Nature Reserve in Missouri.

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This is the Black Swallow Tail

The black swallowtail, also called the American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma.

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This is the Eastern Blue Butterfly

Eastern tailed blue butterflies can easily go unnoticed with their small size. Sneaking up on and capturing in the cameras view finder can be challenging. This eastern tailed blue landed on white clover. .Eastern tailed blues facts: wingspan 3/4 to 1 inch; males irridescent blue above and summer females brown above; found practically anywhere except deep woods; flies low to ground and perches low; lays eggs on legumes, especially clovers, beans and tick.

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This is the Paper Kite Butterflies Not from Missouri

The Paper Kite Butterfly only has two rather common colors, black and white, but is still an eye catching beauty. The way the light shines through the wings is just amazing, and if there are other colors around it looks a bit like stained glass.This was capture at the Butterfly House in St. Louis, Mo.

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The Blue Clipper

The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

The Painted Butterfly

This is one of the most common butterfly species in the world. The only places it doesn’t live are on Antarctica and some remote islands. It even migrates to Hawaii and Iceland!

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The Tiger Yellow Swallow Tail Butterfly

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The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucas) is a strong flier with distinctive yellow and black striped markings on its wings and body (some females are brown or black, mimicking the poisonous pipevine swallowtail). This relatively common butterfly has a wingspan of 3.5-6.5 inches (9-16.5 cm). Southern subspecies are larger than the northern ones.
These butterflies are called swallowtails because they have long “tails” on their hindwings which look a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows (a type of bird).

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For more information on butterflies
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/species/Tigersw.shtml

Can I Bug You ? My Photography of Macro Dragonflies

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I was visited by this funny green little guy while fishing. He came up on me just like he was asking me what ya doing.. Some interesting information.The dragonflies agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity. The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.I am amazed at these little insects. They are just amazing to sit and watch the behavior. 

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As nymphs, dragonflies live in the water.
There’s a good reason why you see dragonflies and damselflies around ponds and lakes – they’re aquatic! Female dragonflies deposit their eggs on the water’s surface, or in some cases, insert them into aquatic plants or mosses. Once hatched, the nymph (or naiad, in this case) spends its time hunting other aquatic invertebrates. Larger species will even eat the occasional small fish or tadpole. After molting 9-17 times, the dragonfly will finally be ready for adulthood, and the nymph will crawl out of the water to shed its final nymphal skin.

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A dragonfly nymph breathes through its anus.
A damselfly nymph breathes with gills at the end of its abdomen. The dragonfly nymph’s gills, oddly, are inside its rectum. That’s right, it breathes with its butt. The dragonfly nymph will pull water into its anus, where gas exchange occurs. When the dragonfly expels the water from its rear, it propels the nymph forward, providing the added benefit of locomoti

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The male dragonfly has secondary sex organs.
In nearly all insects, the male sex organs are located at the tip of the abdomen. Not so in male dragonflies. His copulatory organ is on the underside of his abdomen, up around the second and third segments. His sperm, however, is stored in an opening of his ninth abdominal segment. Before mating, he has to fold his abdomen and transfer his sperm to his penis.

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Long before the dinosaurs walked the Earth, dragonflies took to the air. If we could transport ourselves back 250 million years, we would immediately recognize the familiar site of dragonflies flying in pursuit of prey. Griffenflies, the gigantic precursors of our modern dragonflies, took flight in the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago.DSC_2452 DRAGON FLY YELLOW NAME

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For more interesting facts http://insects.about.com/od/dragonfliesanddamselflies/a/10-Cool-Facts-About-Dragonflies.htm

Just a Touch of Spring

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I wanted to share a little touch of Spring Beauty. I am so ready for the warm weather . Enjoy!!

My name is Peggy 
My passion is Photography of wildlife and nature of all sorts, 
My Love is for animals, 
So I combine them both! What a better way to enjoy what you do. 
I am Proud that I have been… 

‘Featured in the Missouri Conservation’ Featured Photo of The Month 
‘True Love’ Mates for Life Roosting Cardinal Birds. 
‘Best in Missouri 2011’ 3rd Place ‘ Historical Sites’  “My Cover Bridge”
RURAL MAGAZINE Missouri 
Snap Fish Red Summer Featuring ‘My Big Red Cardinal’ 2nd Place  As well as Birds and Bloom

 

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