Monthly Archives: October 2014

Four-spotted Pennant

Based on my resources and interpretations, I think this dragonfly is a female Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida).     Some of the items to note are the four brown spots on the wings, the white stigmas (tiny spots on the leading edge of the front wings), the brown striped thorax, and the reddish-brown and black... Continue reading »
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Fallen Limb

Based on the size of this fallen dead limb, the energy of impact must have been noticeable – and this spot would have been an unhealthy place to have been standing when this limb fell.     Here are a couple of scenarios to consider. First, imagine that you were a deer munching contentedly on... Continue reading »
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Decayed Post

Sometimes even the ordinary has the potential to be quite interesting.     The decay in the top of this post has created texture patterns that have lots of potential to serve as subjects for the black and white photographer who arrives on scene when the light is “just right”. Photo subjects are where, and... Continue reading »
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Cat-faced Pine

This and a few other remnant cat-faced pine snags can be found at the west end of the boardwalk in the Boy Scout Trail area at the Big Branch Marsh NWR near LaCombe, Louisiana.  The USFWS folks there have a nicely done set of interpretative signs explaining the situation.     Apparently either the land... Continue reading »
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Bull Tongue

The bull tongue plants are named for the wide, long, linear nature of their leaves which presumably resemble the tongues of bulls.  However, with my serious cowboy experiences limited to riding a broom-handle horse at a young age, I’ll have to leave the verification of this resemblance to others.     Most Sagittaria flowers seem... Continue reading »
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Hard Times for Dragonfly Larva?

This area was inundated from the fall / winter of 2013 to sometime in the late-spring / early-summer of 2014.  When this area was inundated this spring (2014), there were lots of adult dragonflies buzzing about.  On several occasions I observed dragonflies laying eggs and white ibis foraging for crayfish in the water found here.... Continue reading »
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Sesbania Caterpillar

Hopefully there is enough definitive information found in these photos to allow someone familiar with moth and butterfly larva to make an identification of the species.  At the moment, however, I’m not sure if this larvae is a butterfly or a moth.     I had thought the tail-like extensions would allow me to zero... Continue reading »
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Linear Patterns

This tree was blown down in a wind event in the late-Spring of 2014.  In this fall view (27 September 2014) it appears that the tree is dead and that insect larva have made lots of headway in partially devouring the cambium (?) layer.     The most striking aspect of this to me is... Continue reading »
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Big Bluestem

Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is one of the characteristic plants of the North American prairies, especially the tall grass prairies.     This particular lone clump has foliage that is three to five feet high, and has inflorescences that are six to seven feet tall.  From all that I have seen in the literature, these... Continue reading »
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Spider Lilies – A Fall Treat

One has to be careful where and how one mows the yard in the later summer and early fall so that one does not inadvertently mow down the developing spider lilies.     Apparently these flowers develop quickly and seem to just appear out of nowhere.  One day green dominates the yard and the next... Continue reading »
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