Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nature Notes: Summer Winding Down

I used to have all my photographs in a format where you could click to enlarge them but while trying out different hosting sites, that hasn't been working. For this post, I'm back to where you can click to enlarge and that may be necessary to see the little guy below who blends so well.
Mr. Grasshopper (oops I found out he's a katydid) landed on the viewfinder of my camera. I couldn't believe it when I looked at my camera and he was sitting there looking up at me. I tried my best to get him to land on a white flower so I could get a good shot of him but he ended up on a blade of grass where he blended so well as to almost be invisible. The katydid is on the first shot.
It's still so hot and humid that it's hard to believe it will ever cool off, but there are increasing numbers of signs that fall is around the corner. The Virginia Creeper at certain spots of my yard has prematurely began changing colors. Most of it won't change for another month or two but I like these early signs of change.

The money plant has dropped most of its seeds leaving behind the white husk. The pecans get fuller and fuller and there are so many, I may beat the squirrels to some of them.
The pecan tree branches are so weighted down with nuts that they practically land on my face when I'm sitting on the deck swing.One of the colorful additions to late summer are the ameliopsis berries. This vine is very invasive, which I didn't know when I first started some on my deck wall, but I like the berries and variegated leaves.
The first I knew of how invasive this vine could be was when it figured into a plot of a mystery I was reading.I thought I'd end this week's nature notes with a recent shot of one of the many rabbits that call my garden home. Not a particularly good shot but I love how translucent his ears are.
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Dee said...

As ever, a great set of shots and I do like the translucent ears on that rabbit!

I hate the thought of summer winding down. Summer is my favorite season. I love that it's unstructured time. It's also not as humid here although we do get the heat. I like the fact that I now have two air conditioners (window units) that keep my house relatively cool. Thank goodness for that! Anyway, here's hoping it cools down a little bit for you over there!

Leora said...

What a treat this post is! I couldn't see Mr. Grasshopper until I looked twice.

Love Mr. Bunny. Thanks for educating me about money plants. Sounds useful, if it could produce real currency.

In my mind I have a Nature's Notes post, but we'll see if I get it up. Lots going on.

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Cezar and Léia said...

Magnificent post and pictures, of course the bench and the cute bunny are a fabulous plus!

Ayie said...

Those are colorful berries, I've never seen any of those before. The grasshopper and bunny are nicely captured

Ascender Rises Above said...

You have such a good eye -- I did not see that bug at all until you pointed it out. On the news they are saying we are a month ahead of ourselves in our seasons and that we have no acorns this year. I am not sure if that is going to affect us down the line... like a ripple I suppose; yes...

Bird said...

Those ameliopsis berries have amazing colours - I don't think I've ever seen those before. And you have pecans? How lovely, hope the squirrels leave you some :)

I love grasshoppers and crickets, so that was fascinating to see as well. Summer... we know it's almost over don't we, and it's strange how when we get to this point we are either willing it over or keeping hold of it tight with both hands :) I've had a lovely summer so I know which one I am doing!

Thank you for this lovely Nature Notes post.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I have never seen so many different coloured beries on one plant! Mother Nature can be rather amazing with her contrasts and grasshopper blends! And adored the bunny ears!

Unknown said...

I've never seen those berries.
Can you eat them?
And I've never seen a peacan tree, nor the nuts.
Thanks :)!!

Cloudia said...

You live amidst great beauty
and you share it beautifully!!


Comfort Spiral

Rambling Woods said...

You know I am into the insects now. LOL. I had posted a photo to Bugguide of what I thought was a grasshopper, but what turned out to be a katydid. Short antenna are grasshoppers, long are katydid. I don't know what kind though. I do love the bunny. I usually have some, but haven't this summer, I hope they weren't all somebody's dinner here... Thank you for posting to Nature Notes Carver... Michelle

MaR said...

Great shots as always, Carver. I can't see Mr G on the second picture so I guess he can be truly invisible!!

I have never seen that invasive vine before, I love the colors! and the bunny's ears, how cute!

RJ Flamingo said...

I miss living in North Florida and the pecan trees! I once lived in a place that had a large tree in the backyard, and every fall, neighborhood kids would come around and ask to shake our tree. That got things going, and we had pecans all through the winter. It wasn't until I moved back to South Florida that I discovered how darned expensive they are to buy! I was spoiled! :-)

I love those bunny ears, too!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm surprised to see how much summer is winding down in North Carolina. I would have thought you;d have a much longer season since it starts way before ours in Ontario.

I have a variegated porcelain vine too and yes, it sure is invasive. Like you, I very much appreciate the colourful berries though.

Liz Hinds said...

What a cute bunny!

THose berries have amazing colours.

MyMaracas said...

What a treat your post is. I've never seen that vine before. Love the colors on it; too bad it's an invasive one. (It seems all the prettiest ones are.)

The sunlight through the bunny ears is wondeful, and I had fun hunting for the grasshopper. Thanks for sharing with us!