Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From under a rock she appears...


I've no good excuse for going missing for nearly a week, other than an almost total lack of photographic evidence of what I've been up to.


There's this, though.

A six-spotted tiger beetle that amused me for a couple minutes along a sunny path at Allaire State Park the other day. I only ever see them there... not sure why, exactly. Very pretty, as beetles go.

I'd missed out on any trips to Allaire earlier this Spring because I was in W. Virginia with The Flock. Allaire is a great local spot for warblers in migration and has some nice breeders. Best find was a Prothonotary Warbler. Anyone know if they breed there? Patrick?

I was hoping for Pink Lady Slipper Orchids, but was either too late or too early or too distracted to find any. There were Canada Mayflowers blooming, but those are so tiny and hide out in the underbrush so my pics are especially awful.

I'll be around to catch up with you all in the next couple days and may finally try to sort through all those pics from New River.

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day...


Patrick B. said...

Love the beetle! Bill Boyle's book mentions that Prothos breed there, but they're not regularly reported from what I've seen. It's probabaly worth sending a report to Scott.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty beetle! I've never seen one quite like it.

As for your break, each day I've come to check on your blog I've had a chance to read Mary Oliver's poem again and again. Thank you!

Wayne, PA

Susan Gets Native said...

Yeah, but YOU don't need photos to do a nice post. Some of us dolts have to use photos as a crutch.
You're still sorting through WV pics? Good grief. Catch up, girlfriend!

KGMom said...

You don't need to apologize. Blog whenever--we, your faithful readers, are here!

Larry said...

I have periods when I can't take a decent picture and give up on posting.Prothonotary Warbler-cool bird! I haven't seen any of those but I did see quite a few lady slippers in my area last week-out in the woods that is not at the shoe store.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a great bug! Looks like he was designed by Disney.

You don't need an excuse. The blog is supposed to be for fun, not a chore. We'll always be here when you get your groove back.