Nature Finds: Insect Life Autumn Jambore

Giant millipedes mating in the path.  Get a room, you guys!   A daddy-long-legs orygy?  Where are the mama-long-legs? This little guy looks up to no good…. This past week I did a presentation on Sustainable Agriculture for my mom’s college class.  Just like last time, it made me lose hope for humanity a little…

Nature Finds: Spring Things

The insects and animals have been popping up all over the farm, busy, busy, busy.  In the very warm and wet spring weather we’ve had, mushrooms are sprouting up all over.  I had never seen this lovely, curly oyster mushroom look-alike.  They are all over where the hay bale was on the first line. A…

Nature Finds: Spring

 Spring is really here – a little late this year (for Florida).  Many of the plums have finished blooming in town, but the Chickasaw plum in the garden just burst into flower.  Even the shy dogwoods are white in the woods.    The late-blooming blueberries are now covered in flowers.  The bushes are so tall now…

Nature Finds: Bagworm and Wingless Moth

The insect life has mostly been hunkering down and hiding through the cold spells (which have been very long this year), but the slightly warming weather has brought a few cool nature finds out of the woodworks. The first photo was easy – it’s a bagworm.  I love the way they make their cocoons from…

Nature Finds: Lichens

  Brrr……we’re getting the usual freezing cold January weather.  My uninsulated block house is like an igloo.  The walls are sweating.  The temperatures feel so extreme here.  I think it’s the humidity.  The heat is intense, and the cold is also intense!  When I lived in the mountains of North Carolina during the coldest winter…

Nature Finds: Insects

This was the largest snail I’ve seen of this kind.  The snails really like it by the sink – I guess all the moisture. This little caterpillar looked like he was a piece of a branch, or maybe a bird dropping.  I think he wanted us to think that. This beautiful dragonfly with black-tipped wings…

Nature Photos – Thistles

We’ve had some gorgeous thistles blooming at the farm this year.The flowers look like sea anemones.  The goats love eating them.  Some of the sow thistle stalks got to be taller than I am.  They bite them off at the bottom and crunch them down until they get to the buds.  It’s funny to watch. …

Nature Photo – Paw Paws

The paw paws are blooming now.  They have such a striking presence in the pastures.  When I was a kid my parents would go to the Ordway-Swisher Preserve for my mom’s Masters research on Opuntia pollination, and the first little way along the road was covered with pawpaws – quite a sight when they were…