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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This and That....Part 2

As mentioned yesterday, I have kept some miscellaneous photos of flowers in bloom, wild flowers from the woods and other things we found during our woods road adventures over the last few weeks to share with you. Today is Part 2 of that collection.

First, we stopped at an old farm site for sale. I saw this old rope and steel cable apparatus there that was tangled up and had seed pods and spider webs on it. I loved how it looked:

Another shot of my lilies, still in bloom:

I think this is a moth on the seed pod, but maybe it is a butterfly? (Ratty? which?):

Another mystery flower growing in my garden. They had it on sale at a yard sale last year, and my husband bought them for a quarter. Anyone know what they are?:
Did you see the spider on the white flowers above? If not, back up and look at the top flowers!

I believe this is called an Evening Primrose. Another flower my hubby got at the same rummage sale...the really came up good this year!:

This shot is for Rainfield.....this is how far the apples have grown on my apple trees thus far!:

Look what is on the clover! Don't you just love his CURLY antenna? or it his tongue??:

This is a common weed on the side of the road...I loved the contrast of the purple against the rocks on the road!:

Another bee in the roses from that abandoned farm land for sale!:

I will be posting Part 3 of my collection over the next few days!


Wanda said...

Very relaxing to view your flowers Joan...I feel I should know the white looks so familiar mind is blank at the moement.

Sue said...

Your garage sale mystery plant looks like Achillea "Pearl".
Hope this helps!
You're sure getting good with your camera-I love the closeup of the bee on the flower.

Brian Miller said...

great shots once again. love teh contrast with the first of the rope and metal. apples will be ready soon. i hope our pears and grapes me some fruit.

L. D. Burgus said...

I hope someone identifies the white flowers. The are like a smaller version of mums but not really the right family. The rock textures are really great against that flower. Great blog of pictures. My apples are bug bite free with spray but I still have some rust like thing going on with my apples. I may post photos and get a diagnosis from someone who knows this stuff. My apples are slowing down in growth but I sure have a lot of them this year.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I've been seeing those moths here too, I think they could be fritillaries or at least I've seen some on blogs that look similar.
Your apples are getting bigger, does you tree bend with the weight of them? I think maybe because my tree is young it does that.
The little white flower almost looks like Baby's Breath.

Joanna Jenkins said...

The colors in the rope-- first picture, are stunning as are all your pictures.

Thanks for sharing!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Gosh, thanks for the 'good eye' ! What an interesting ramble you had in the woods! Looking forward to part 3.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos as always, you have some of the most gorgeous flowers.

The moth is not a moth but a Skipper. The skippers have attributes of both the moth and butterfly. My books list them with the butterflies. I posted some photos of them last Sunday for Camera Critters on Through Squirrel Eyes.

My favorite photo is the first one with the old rope, that is just too cool.

lagirl/sweet tea said...

Your flowers are gorgeous and you do a great job with the camera...My flowers have not done well this year but this last round of rain has helped a bit.

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

I love these! And yes, I had missed the spider! Love the contrasts. Love the peaceful feeling that has rolled over me because I came here tonight.

Ratty said...

What looks like a moth is not a moth or even a butterfly. It's a creature called a skipper. Skippers are very closely related to butterflies and moths. They look like a cross between the two. Since I've been so tardy in writing a post about the difference, I'll tell you the simple way. Butterfly's and skipper's antennae have little knobs on the ends. A moth's antennae look like feathers, with no knobs. There are other differences, but these are the easiest.

Jientje said...

Awwww, I was WAYYYYYYYYYYYY behind on my reading here. This should not happen again, so I decided to become a follower. This way I should no longer miss your beautiful posts! You are a fun loving positive person like I am, and you are blessed to live on a beautiful place on this planet, surrounded by beauty. And you SEE the beauty in everything, that's what matters! Loved all your posts!

The Retired One said...

Wanda: I know! It looks kind of like baby's breath,but it is much shorter and tiny.

Sue: thanks for the heads up on the possible name of the flower. I am awful about knowing their names, but I love their beauty!

Brian: You have pears and grapes? How wonderful. Between the two of us, we could make a heck of a great fruit salad. ha

L.D.: For the past few years we have had a fungus type thing on our apple trees. It attacks one branch at a time and all the leaves die on that one branch. We have to snip the branch off that gets it, or it spreads....but we don't have rust on the apples...not sure what that is either.

Catherine: yes, our branches hang from the weight of the apples here too. Sometimes we have to support them with branches from another tree, like what you support your lines with when you hang clothes. The past few years, we have had hard wind during the apples first growing stage and we get a lot of the little green apples falling off then..nature's way of survival of the fittest apples....the survivors hang on to grow into the big ones. ha

Joanna: yes, I loved seeing that rope. Still don't know what it was used for, but I loved the colors and textures of it.

Keats: Thanks so much. I will be posting Part 3 in a few more days.

SquirrelQueen: Thanks! Ratty also told me they were Skippers. I love learning from my readers! You are all such good resources for me. I loved the rope too. I still don't know WHAT it was used for at that farm, but I loved the colors and texture it had and knew I HAD to take a photo of it.

LaGirl: Thanks so much. I never met a flower I didn't like, thus the photos. ha

Boomer: What a nice way to describe it...I love flowers and looking at photos of them always calm me too.

Ratty: Thanks for the help in identifying the difference. Got it.
Knobs=butterflies. Feathers=moths
Skippers=who knows? hahaaaaaa.

Jientje: Thanks so much for becoming a Follower...I thought you already were! I have been following your blog for a while now, too, so I don't miss any of your posts. I mix mine with some writing, some humor...but I love doing the photo posts too! So stay tuned....there will be more coming your way!

rainfield61 said...

Yes, I am here. Thnak you very much. You have green apples. and you have more. so wonderful.

Aly Beth said...

That last bumble bee shot is unreal. Such amazing detail you captured!


Mojo Arasu said...

Nice capturing of beautiful flowers and interesting insects. I appreciate your efforts.You made many posts in a short interval; Visit many blogs.Thank you.

The Retired One said...

Rainfield: You are welcome....I will keep you updated on the apples until they grow big enough to pick and make a pie...and who knows? Maybe I will even show how to bake a pie!

Aly: Are you new to my blog? Did you sign on yet as a Follower? Great to have you here!

Mojo: I think you are new to my blog, too aren't you? Did you sign on as a follower too? I am glad you liked the flowers, I post them a lot.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful photos, love the bee photo.

The Retired One said...

Iowa: Thanks so much! You are new to my blog? I hope you clicked on my blog to join on as a Follower! Would love to have you stop by on a regular basis!

grannyann said...

Loved the pics, as usual. That little purple flower in the rocks looked so lonesome.

The Retired One said...

Grannyann: Thanks. Yes, that little purple flower did look wonder if a bird dropped the seed there or what....!

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