Saturday, October 6, 2012

Back Yard Events

This mocking bird was pecking on the window calling me out to the back yard it seemed. I decided to oblige him. It's amazing what type of back yard events I find happening in such a short amount of time.

On the front driveway I discovered this caterpillar slowly ambling along looking for greenery. I had him crawl up on a piece of paper and carried him off to the woods. I have no idea what type he'll be, do you? Now that I've rescued him I think he might be a cutworm, it was kind of gross looking.

I heard a noise above me and looked up to see a pair of bald eagles flying overhead. Before I could get my camera up to take a photo they were already a long way off.

The pineapple sage is blooming and I hadn't even noticed till today.

The lemon balm is thriving too.

I almost walked headlong into this two feet wide suspended spider web.

There was also another spider creating a zigzag pattern in it's web. I think Meredith of Whynot Pottery had a spider web like this one too. She and Mark are having their 30 year pottery anniversary event next weekend and are busy preparing for that. Check their blog for details if you can make it to Seagrove, North Carolina area.

I still have no idea what this tubular flower is, anyone have any suggestions? I'm converting my blog lists to a snippet instead of a list. If you don't see your blog listed please let me know in the comments and I'll add your blog and please add my blog to your list too. Or just make a comment and let me know you're reading. The blogs are listed in order of posting with only the ten most recent posts showing. But you can click show all to see if  your blog is listed. Hope you have a good weekend. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Hi Linda
    that tubular flower does look a little familiar but I don't know it either. The spiders and lizards are starting to be more active here. They don't actually hibernate but are not active in winter - our imported deciduous trees are quickly turning green and leafy.
    Nice to know your Bald Eagle is so far south, thought they were more of a Northern states bird. Thanks for sharing your garden once more.

  2. "Backyard events," are the best kind. I love that zig-zag spider pattern. Very cool. amazing,isn't it, to be able to step outside our doors for such beauty?

  3. Hi Anna, thanks, I am thinking this may be a native flower but I haven't been able to find it on the net. We have bald eagles year around here, although this pair was flying south so maybe they migrated from the north.

    Hi Teresa, thanks, I am always amazed at what I can find in such a small area of nature, nice to have it close by to me, when I lived in San Francisco I regularly went to golden gate park for my nature fix, I find I need to be close to it to say sane in a world of some not so very nice folks. Ha.

  4. oh and not so very nice events either.

  5. Backyards are their own little ecosystems. If we just take the time to look there are numerous things to see.

    You have a wonderful variety of critters and flora. The mystery plant looks so familiar but I can't place it either. Could it be a sport of something in your yard or area?

    I'm not a fan of spiders but their webs are beautiful. Those are some terrific photos.

  6. Such a rich yard! We have some bald eagles that fly around out neck of the woods occasionally. Such a sight! And yes, that worm does look kinda gross... ; ]

  7. This is a very interesting post with many amazing creatures! The fat cutworm!! It is the first time I've ever seen a real one, though I've heard about them. We don't have mockingbirds. I was wondering what they were like for a long time because I saw "To Kill a Mockingbird" on TV. The spider cobweb looks very artistic!!

    PS Love the two everlastings! They are so cool!

  8. The spiders here in NC are super abundant this fall... at least at our house they are. We have had that spider that makes the zig-zag web and were told that it's often called a writing spider or garden spider. Their webs are so cool.
    I am no help with the tubular flower, it looks familiar but I have no idea what it is.

  9. Love the zippered spider web. It's the repair I've seen orb spiders make, but others may as well.

  10. Eagles soaring overhead are always a notable event. We don't have mockingbirds around here but we have catbirds who are related. It's always amusing when they come back from down south in the Spring and imitate all the southern birds they've been hanging out with.

  11. Ah, critters and blooms. Gorgeous!

  12. Lots and lots to see on your blog. Love your photos, Linda!

  13. plant may be a type of nicotiana..

  14. Hi Linda
    You may get two comments, my other comment disappeared. Anyway we got our first snow today, so our yard looks so different.

  15. I love your back yard events. The mocking bird was new to me - I had heard of him of course, but never seen him.
    The cutworm sadly is not new. Our magpies love them though.
    Re your last post - plasticene is a type of modelling clay for children. It comes in a variety of colours, is not fired, and sticks far too well to carpets and clothing.

  16. Great photos and what a huge spider net.


  17. Hi Smartcat, thanks, yes little ecosystems everywhere, thank goodness for them.

    Hi Sonia, thanks, I thought the worm a bit fat for a cutworm but maybe not.

    Hi Sapphire Sky, thanks so much about the everlastings, so many ideas and so little time. No mockingbirds there, oh well, they are curious birds.

    Hi Michele, thanks, hopefully someone will know about the flower.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, this may well be an orb spider, amazing things they can do with webs.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, we also have another bird around here but I have yet to get a photo of it, but has an unmistakable sound, wa ho, wa ho, need to find out about that one.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, yes much to appreciate in nature.

    Hi Gigi, thanks never a dull moment around here. Ha.

    Hi Joan, thanks, I was thinking the same thing but they have clusters of tubular flowers, but maybe this is a wild variety with a smaller flower, I do think it might be in that family; couldn't find a photo like this on google images.

    Hi Connie, thanks, if I am not signed into a google my comments on other people's blogs disappear too, that may be it, only got one from you. Your first snow, yikes, soon we'll get some cooler weather then.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, so fat, never knew they could get so big. ugh. Oh I think our craft stores have some of that clay that hardens without firing, might be too solid in the vase, maybe not.

    Hi Elna, thanks, amazing things these spiders do isn't it.


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