I see some of the coolest things when I'm outside doing chores.
Some people are clever enough to know the names to all the creatures, insects, amphibians, butterflies, etc. that they encounter. Sadly, I'm not one of those people. But, I am in awe of each of these small creatures...and thrilled every time I see a new one.
For example, I have no idea what this thing is, but he looks like he's got something he wants to say:
Sorry, but I had NO idea that moths did it this way:
This very cool dragon fly impressed me by balancing on the top strand of my electric fence. He smiled for this shot:
Li'l frog here was climbing the outside of my glass porch door. I didn't notice him until I turned on the outside porch light:
He was a beautiful green:
...and he did a good job accommodating me opening and closing the door:
This is the sister of the snake that got caught in the blueberry netting the other day. Her name's Gigi (or so she said) and she's all about sunbathing:
I'm always learning new things. Like, Tansy Ragwort is bad bad bad to have around browsing, grazing animals. And that we have a lot of it in our fields. Prior to pulling it, though, we found it covered with these interesting caterpillars:
Someone told me they are actually beneficial, as they eat the flowers of the tansy preventing it from going to seed. They also said these caterpillars were brought in to rid the planet of this scourge, but I haven't verified this yet:
I wasn't willing to risk this info being wrong, so I spent a few hours pulling it all out by hand:
I uncovered this spiny guy when I went out to dig potatoes:
He hung out for a second to see what I was up to and then bolted into the foliage:
I've been seeing these two around the property lately:
I love this shot. Do you see three animals surveying the situation?:
I woke up to this the other morning, climbing up the kitchen door:
Blech. I don't really like these guys. I think this one had to weigh about 8 pounds. And, why my glass door?:
Once a week I have to go and wash the slime off the outside of the door and walls:
I found this caterpillar on one of my bean bushes. Probably not a good thing, right?:
But, of course, no critter post would be complete without a shot of this Critter Farm cutie:
She's the critter I enjoy seeing most on our farm!