Author Archives: Jan

About Jan

I write. I cook. I take pictures. I sew. I design. I create.

A Skipper, a Ladybug and a Monarch Caterpillar on my Honeyvine Milkweed

Look what I found on my Honeyvine Milkweed yesterday afternoon. A skipper, a ladybug and a Monarch butterfly caterpillar! This is a Silver-spotted Skipper  He was pretty flittery, and then when I read about him I found out that is … Continue reading

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Honey Bees and Butterflies and Honeyvine Milkweed

My yard isn’t swarming with honey bees, but then this is the first time I’ve let this little vine hang around long enough to bloom. This is the vine I where I found the little snake last year. Mom doesn’t like … Continue reading

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The Eclipse From My Backyard

I opted to watch the Great American Eclipse through the trees in my back yard. And Zeus got caught without his glasses when a breeze blew the shadow of the leaves the other way. There was one bird singing out … Continue reading

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Rusty Bed Springs

I am fascinated by shapes, patterns and texture. Especially up close corroded rusty old things. Oily railroad ties on working tracks. Rotten railroad ties on abandoned tracks. Old barns. Rotten barn wood. Rose rocks. The curly cues that hold grape … Continue reading

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Mysterious Wildcats

Source: Mysterious Wildcats by Joel Sartore I’ve been watching Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark on PBS the past two weeks. There’s one more episode next week. Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer, is on a mission to capture studio … Continue reading

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The Show-Stopping Stargazer Lily

These Stargazer Lilies bloomed in June. All the lilies in the yard have now faded except the occasional stray daylily. I think these Stargazers were an Easter gift to my mom many years ago. When the blooms faded the plant went … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny Starburst Blooms

This is a vine or a shrub or ground cover depending on how it’s trimmed and where you let it grow. Mid-summer, like right now, it’s covered with these starburst blooms. They’re about two or three inches in diameter and … Continue reading

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