Wednesday, July 16, 2008

When It Rains It Pours

Did you ever look at a dirty stream and say that is interesting. I was walking next to Fishcreek Stream when I saw this overhanging bush. I thought it made a good photo but wasn't sure latter. I tried for some bird photos but they would not co-operate, but guess what did. A Damsel Fly was sitting on a blade and a fly was right in front. If you click the photo I think you will see the fly.
There was a thistle which was in flower beside the stream with a bee getting nectar. The thistle are certainly spiky.
Here is a Japanese Beetle on a leaf showing its destructive power. Note the holes it has made.
I liked the color in this weed. It really stood out on the bank.
I got home and went to work in the garden and this dragonfly begged to be photographed. I obliged it and got several shots on my fish cleaning bench. It has interesting wings and with the white body. So, similar bugs but the shots are so different.

19 comments:

kjpweb said...

Yep - you just have to look! Like the last one especially - very pretty Whitetail shot!
Cheers, Klaus

Shionge said...

I love the way you 'explore' things around you :D

david mcmahon said...

That last shot is brilliant.

Salty said...

I must echo Shionge, you are doing a terrific job exploring. Isn't it amazing what we can find when we only take the time to "see" what is around us.

Excellent image of the dragonfly, I seen one of these guys a couple of weeks ago sitting on some old rotten logs, I wonder if there is something about weathered wood surfaces that attracts them.

Carletta said...

I've been fighting those beetles everywhere - I loathe them!
The dragonfly is wonderful.

The Birdlady said...

The Japanese beetles are such a nuisance - they use milky spore here every year, and it has really reduced the problem.

dot said...

You have some really neat shots here! I like the thistle especially.

For The People said...

Love those shots! The first one show nature in a prue and simple form. I got started a little earlier today. Stop by my place if you get a chance. Have a wwonderful day!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Wonderful! I love walking and noticing all the little details like this. All great pix, but I really like the dragonfly.

Ms. Hays said...

I also agree w/ shionge - explore the things around you & get what you're looking for. Cool shots

Jack and Joann said...

Been gardening this morning and the heat just drove me back inside. Hot and humid today here in Virginia. In fact I think it is a code orange day. I know some folks don't think we should use anything to fight those nasty Japanese beatles but we use a systemic on our maple trees and roses. You do one application in the spring and it last a year. Plus the maple trees were getting so tall that Jack on a six foot ladder still couldn't reach the top for spraying and you had to apply that spray several times.

I should have stock in this systemic stuff but I don't. You just make up a batch and pour it on the roots and it enters the roots and goes up the trunk to all parts of your plant or tree. It is made by Bayer.

The beetles still come to the tree or rose but soon as they land and take a bite they up and die. Sometimes I find 20 beetles on one large rose stem. Not the nicest sight but it saves the rosebush from being stripped. Here in Virginia the beatles are usually gone by the first of August.Whatever you do don't use those beatle bags. Then you have all the beatles in the neighborhood coming to your yard for a beatle orgy.

Tipper said...

I love how you can see the holes made by the beetle. And of course your neat fish cleaning bench! I use to work at a boathouse-and I was a fish cleaner-fillet or gutted?

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent pictures Tom

The Texican said...

You did manage to get some interesting little critters after all FG. Pappy

John said...

Lovely set of insect shot, FG.
Love the last one.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Fishing guy!
Some nice pics today, we have those thistles over here, we call them teasels, our goldfinch's have specially adapted beaks to extract the seed from them. We also have that weed in your photo, it's called 'fat hen' and it's seed was, a long time ago, used to feed poultry.

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Tom said...

Guy-

Have you been to Kent Bog and Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserves? They are both in Portage County and would be wonderful places to take pictures of Dragonflies. Triangle Lake has the frosted whiteface which is only known in Ohio from that State Nature Preserve. It is just down the road from Lake Hodgson.

Tom