Eastern Tent Caterpillar

This is fairly common around here.  It is the Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma Americanum).

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Close-up:

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They live in nests like these in trees:

Click here for a link to a Wikipedia article on them if you would like to learn more.

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Momma Bluebird

I wasn’t the only one in the yard mothering on Mother’s Day.   😉

Our Eastern Bluebird pair that quickly took residence of the bird house the kids made, has been hard at work, coming and going.  But Momma Bluebird now appears to be sitting on eggs.  Daddy Bluebird is bringing her lots of food and she doesn’t leave the bird house very often.  Here she is peeking out, waiting for him to bring her another insect to eat.

I have a ton of blurry photos like this of this family.  It’s nearly impossible to get a decent shot of them through older style double pane glass windows, and trying to shoot through the kid’s swing set to get a view.  lol!
But you get the idea.  She is now sitting on the nest.

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Mother’s Day 2010

It’s not every day that you are greeted at your door by little people with flowers and a balloon.  🙂  But it’s nice!

My two oldest went to my parent’s house for a little while on Mother’s Day and during their visit, they came by and brought me a Happy Mother’s Day balloon and flowers “they” got me.  😉
They are at an age (6 & 7)  where getting a photograph of the two of them together where they aren’t moving, talking, and/or making silly faces is nearly impossible.  So I take whatever photo I can get.  LOL!

(The flower is an annual called a Lobelia.  I kept the basket on our outdoor table all spring/summer and it flowered the entire time.  My mom and my husband helped me keep it watered on days I wasn’t feeling well.  I was really impressed by how many little flowers it ended up making, and how long it kept them.  It was quite a nice gift.  🙂   And outdoors it did not have a strong odor, which is a nice perk for those like me with allergies.  I took better photographs of it that I will share later on, as I come to them.)

While the older two were visiting their Grandma for a few hours, my husband and I took the baby out to get some new photographs of her.  Here is one of those:

I hope all the mothers out there had a lovely day!

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Clover Blooms

As is often the case, my mind is distracted by one thing while trying to focus on another.  Right now I’m thinking is the proper phrase “clover blooms” or “clover blossoms”.  I haven’t the foggiest idea.  So I went with Clover blooms, since that is how I would most likely say it out loud.  Which is why it is probably wrong.  LOL   If you know, leave me a comment.

Now back on topic,  I think clover is a good example of how we over look the everyday beauty in our lives.  Most people don’t pay any attention at all to clover.  Or they treat it as a yard weed.  Or maybe a child looks for a 4 leaf clover.  But how often do we stop and appreciate how pretty it is?

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When I look at the tiny flowers within the flower, they remind me a bit of tiny little Irises.
The Iris is my favorite flower.

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Woolly Spider

To avoid any possible confusion, please do not think that the “official” name of this type of spider is “woolly spider”.  It’s not.  Or it could be for all I know. LOL  That’s just what I call them, “woolly little jumping spiders”.

I am not fond of spiders, but ….  if I find one interesting while out with my camera, I will sometimes take it’s photo.  This little fella kept sitting on the side of our gutter, defying gravity, and hopping back and forth until finally I gave in and photographed him.  If you are squeamish like me in regards to spiders, I apologize in advance.

This little guy (or gal) was about the size of a dime.  Notice it’s creepy little spider shadow.  eeewww

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