Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Giant Swallowtail floats by

This amazing Giant Swallowtail Butterfly graced our garden the other day.  His wings were about 4 inches or more across and he floated through the air so gracefully.  His interest at this moment was my wife's Mandarin  Orange tree.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Overpopulation, heron style.

I am guessing the constant crush of heron flocks led to the demise of this tree.  The site is the Lacassine exit on I-10 in Louisiana.  I was on my way home and saw the flocks zooming in by the hundreds -- Ibis, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egrets, Blue Heron, and even some shore gulls.

The gathering seems to be an occurrence starting about 1 1/2 hours before sundown.  The cacophony grows louder, the lower the sun gets and the more birds that come gliding in.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The highway's sky beckons

This was driving home last night into a serene sunset.  The sky was swept with a beach-sand rippling that turned into an rusty ocher as the sun played out its last rays from below the horizon.  These are the kind of drives that make you want to hit to open road.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Granddaugher sends a message

I think this is just a hint that Papa is taking too many pictures.  That's my interpretation.  I invite your analysis of the photo.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Flowers' powers can't stop showers

Photo of rain soaked flower.

A flower, in the weather we have been having, is essentially a rain gauge.  This battered blossom had about 3/4 of an inch of rain in the bottom of the bulb. More rain tomorrow.... and on and on.  
I jest not when I ask whether we can weather this weather liquid sunshine.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Light-saber aloft

Last night, light-saber like, a rainbow picks up just enough of the sun's last rays to pierce the shield of clouds clambering above us.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It was a thunder wonder

This thunder boomer missed us, but provided a great show.  You had to get out in an open space to appreciate the whole thing.  This was a full-sky guy.