My wife’s 1st grade class room yearly collects monarch caterpillars and successfully release them. Since she teaches rural Amish children there are usually quite a few. One boy found these Saddleback Moth caterpillars and brought them in. They only stung his mom twice he said. Now we we are caterpillar sitting over the weekend
This caterpillar belongs to the slug moth family. Its spiny hairs contain venom. Even the cocoon is potentially irritating. I did remove it from its jar for this photo shoot, but they are staying in the jar until release time comes..
Chicory brightens up the roadside through most of the summer. Simple in form, seemingly a reflection of the summer blue sky. It’s rugged, hanging on to its woody stem in stony ground and tossing winds. This bloom survived the trail mower and earned a spot in the light.. Enjoy the last hardy flowers of summer and have a nice weekend friends.
Hanging on like the chicory, I’ve been blogging with Snap Shot now for 6 months. Today I was informed that I’ve received my first 1,000 likes. Thanks everyone for lookng in and enjoying my Snaps along the way
My last summer Monday. One more hike and bike ride. A few more pictures will be taken then its back to school for me. More importantly, I go back to aid in giving sight to the blind, communicating the light my eyes receive to those who cannot receive light. I looki for new angles and better use of light taking snap shots along the way. In school I’ll be looking for new words to give color and impressions for meaning to a boy and his blind teacher who do not see.. I’m privileged to be able to enable them to see, they in return show to me that there is much more to life than sight.
I’m also blessed in life to be entrusted with the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ who came to give us light in a world of spiritual darkness.
Enjoy the images, I trust you are as blessed with light in your life.
I set off to take a morning hike before the heat took over the day. My intent was to find Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar or Chrysalis. I did find two caterpillars and a nice collection of other shots of interest.
My hike was in the reclamation area of the Norma Johnson Center.
Morning temperature 73F, clear skies, slight breeze, light dew. Time 8:30 to 9:30
There where quite a few Monarchs flying today, I thought that I should have a productive morning.
Next to the milweed were these bugs. I’m sure that I do not want them in my garden.
Dew on the Queen Anne’s Lace provided a little glamor to the morning trail.
I’m not sure what these are but it reinforces to me that the milweed plant plays host to the prarie meadow ecosystem
I captured the flower but it had the upper hand in capturing the morning light and dew.
Under a big broad leaf, one that had not been munched on this caterpillar appeared to be ready to attach itself and enter its cocoon.
Ready for a big change in life.
A healthy appetite.
Bonus capture. After landing on me, it was gracious enough to settle on a cattail along the trail.