Saturday, September 6, 2008

More photos

The first two photos are peaches on my peach tree in my backyard. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge peach fan. I did pick some, made a simple syrup and froze them. I figure if I ever have a desire to make a peach cobbler or preserves, it'll at least be there.

This is just a bird feather I saw lying around.

This is a catalpa (catawba) tree. In the spring, it blooms these fragrant white flowers with large heart -shaped leaves. The leaves are eaten by the catalpa caterpillars which actually make excellent fish bait. In the fall and winter, the tree produces these green bean-like stalks which store seeds. The only bad thing is that these stalks dry up and turn brown, and half the time, I mistaken them for snakes!

Here is a small white, hairy caterpillar. He was very active, wiggling all over the place.

Lastly, I just happen to see this critter. My guess is it is a type of praying mantis. He was quite the character, climbing the fence and hopping everywhere. I actually had him on my arm, but those photos came out blurry due to the close distance.


Heather O'Donnell said...

You are motivating me to take my camera with me everywhere. You never know when you'll stumble across something beautiful

Tiptoe said...

Yeah Heather! I say go for it! There's so many interesting things out there.

Deb said...

FABULOUS photos.

Tiptoe said...

Deb, Thanks! I always appreciate your comments.

zandria said...

I like peaches, but only if they're sweet and juicy. If they're not sweet, or have a mealy texture, or are hard/ way!

Great photos. :)

Tiptoe said...

Zandria, thanks for commenting. Yes, these peaches, though small, are actually quite tasty. I was really surprised.

Cammy said...

Ooh I'm jealous of your mantis, I have to do a bug collection for a class this semester and I haven't been able to find one of those yet!

Being from the South, I find it impossible to believe anyone doesn't like peaches. Really? They are pretty gross if they aren't tree-ripened, maybe you just haven't had the right ones yet? If you ever come visit me you can sample ours, guaranteed not to disappoint. ;)

Tiptoe said...

Cammy, the mantis just kind of "appeared," though it's not the only one I've seen this summer. I'm sure you'll find one soon enough. ;-)

As far as peaches, they're just "okay." I'll eat them occasionally, but it's just not one of those things I sought after like other fruits. But you're probably right in that I haven't found the best peaches yet. See, that's why I need to visit you sometime. :-)