Sunday, August 09, 2009

Sunday Safari

A heat advisory kept us close to home today.
17 mph winds, with gusts up to 24 mph,
helped us put our kites up into the sky.

We are learning how to fly our kites near one other
without tangling the strings.
We are learning how to make our kites dance.

We hiked in the woods near our house.
There always are new to us bugs to be found.

This is a Delta Flower Scarab.

I once again will be asking Bug Guide to help with id.

We shared the trail with a Box Turtle

and a Tawny Emperor Butterfly.

Pearl Crescents were flying and mating.

We have hiked in these woods many times.
We have rested under this rock many times.
Today my husband told me this was a "cantilevered rock".
He explained the term.
After 37 years I am still amazed.
He is so interesting.
I was glad it stayed balanced while I was resting in its shade.

A Blue-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly
made taking the long trail back to the car worth the effort.
There is always something to learn, even in the familiar places.
Happy Sunday Safari.


Anonymous said...

Didn't look like the heat stopped you at all! Your cantilevered rock looks like a mini version of the Garden of the God's Balanced Rock!

Randy Emmitt said...


Loved the rocks and beetles. The Blue-faced Meadowhawk is a great find as well. I see them every few years in late summer and fall.bkyw

Judy said...

I learn so much reading your blog! Your photos of bugs are simply incredible!! I loved the bumblebees with their wings moving almost too fast to be seen, in the next post!!!

Wendy said...

I'm also glad the rock stayed put while you rested underneath!

We're still not having much heat this summer. Very strange. You can send me some of yours and I'll send you some cool, rainy weather. Deal? LOL!

There are so many interesting bugs out there. Most of them I've never seen. Your posts are so interesting. I wonder what that funny-looking skinny bug is. The box turtle looks cute. I like turtles.
Happy Sunday Safari. Hope it cools down for you.

Rose said...

You were very brave to get out in this heat today! I'm ashamed to say I spent most of the day indoors. The Pearl Crescent is such a beautiful butterfly; I don't think I've ever seen one before. It reminds me of a lace doily. You have the most exotic-looking dragonflies, too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always come up with something I've never seen! What great pics!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a fun day. You had some interesting finds. I love the kites. I made a little yellow kite as one of my ATC trades. It reminds me of this one. That rock is intimidating.

Tammie Lee said...

you have captured so many wonderful images of interesting and gorgeous creatures. Love the kites in the sky as well.

ShySongbird said...

How pretty the kites looked against the beautiful blue sky. I loved the Box Turtle, I can't imagine just coming across one in the wild. The rock did look rather precarious, I'm very glad it stayed put! Beautiful photos throughout Sherry.

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry......Mr P what is cantilevered?
He was very pleased to explain, now I understand.
I love rocks....I wish I lived in an area where they would fit in and look right. I do not.

A lovely safari and some beautiful bugs, all close to your home.

I love the mating butterflies.....I have only ever witnessed this once......

It is warm here....we are expecting temperatures of around 25C (82F)....should be good for our trip to the seaside........

easygardener said...

Lovely pictures. The second is looks very unusual. The rock looks very precarious but I'm sure it will stay there for many more years!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Whew, such a hot day, but what great pictures you found as always. Love them all! I agree with others - I learn so much while reading your blog. Thank you for sharing the knowledge, and the beautiful, natural eye candy! -tammy

Chrissie said...

My goodness, the rock looks dangerous! Great photos, as always, love all your butterflies.

Juliet said...

I love the expression in that turtle's eye - so knowing :)
The butterflies and dragonfly are just beautiful.

sweetbay said...

Lovely post. I haven't flown a kite since I was a kid, and I remember it rather as an exercise in frustration, lol.

Love the shot of the dragonfly at the end. He looks like a rainbow.

Teri said...

Fantastic photos.
I came over from Lisa's Blog on her recommendation.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

What a fine collection of photos, I like the dragon fly.
Came to you via skywatch.

Dawn Fine said...

That scarab bettle is beautiful!
dont sit under that rock..:)