June 6, 2015 13 Comments
One of our favorite things to do is to take a walk around the yard. We never know what surprises we will see! Do you have a favorite sighting in your yard?
Nature Photography by Pam & Richard
May 16, 2015 21 Comments
Our purple martin babies are hatching! We currently have 11 nests containing 54 babies and 3 eggs – our highest season total ever! It is such a joy hearing the martins’ cheerful songs, along with constant feeding activity in and out of the gourds. The hatchlings are so young that they haven’t even opened their eyes yet. A frog was hiding in the martin pole pulley rope when we lowered the gourds for health inspection. If the babies have mites, we change the nesting material for good health. Love this time of year! Our previous posts about purple martins are at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/?s=martins
May 13, 2015 8 Comments
What a nice surprise out our home office window – a beautiful deer was walking around our yard! She had wandered in since I had left the gate open. I had been hoping to get a picture of a deer in our area, because our neighborhood is called “Deer Run”. She is expecting, so maybe we’ll see a little fawn soon!
May 5, 2015 Leave a comment
This past weekend I was working in the flower garden and found this Tersa sphinx moth caterpillar under our tapioca bush. Sphinx/hummingbird moths come out at dusk to drink flower nectar. They especially love pentas. I couldn’t get over the realistic eye spots on the caterpillar – I think it was pretending to be a snake so that birds wouldn’t eat it. It had gold spots on its body, along with delicate shades of pink and blue. After taking pictures, and I carefully placed it back outside exactly where it was when I found it. What a spectacular caterpillar!
April 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Flowers are currently being developed that change color either throughout the day or on demand – a meeting of art and science. Based on circadian rhythms, your pink petunias in the morning would change to purple flowers by afternoon. Or based on watering, your petunias would change from white to pink to purple within 24 hours. Petunias in the past have played a critical role in the study of RNAi and its potential impact on the treatment of human disease (which led to a Nobel prize in 2006). Flowers have been cultivated and bred for centuries, and this is one more way to increase man’s pleasure from plants. More info is at: http://www.idtdna.com/pages/decoded/decoded-articles/your-research/decoded/2015/03/03/color-changing-flowers-biotechnology-for-everyone?utm_source=IDT+Customers&utm_campaign=52f1f391f7-DECODED_031015_test3_4_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9f34f28ea2-52f1f391f7-223792633&goal=0_9f34f28ea2-52f1f391f7-223792633