Goodbye, my beloved muse

28 10 2010

I will miss your terradactyl gurgle, your incessant appetite for chicken, your yearning to be outdoors rolling in the catnip and catmint, you sitting in my lap (rarely but so welcomed) and only when you initiated it, your endless expressions and patience every time I grabbed my camera to capture you, the way your eyes lit up when I called your name or rattled your furry rat toys or brought out the metal tape measure, the pitiful meow when you wanted ZenaB to play with you and she went into hiding, leading me into the kitchen whenever you had the munchies, peeping through the stair railings at me down below, sitting in the middle of my fabric when I wanted to sew, and jumping into the window whenever I moved the plants—as if I prepared it just for you (I confess I often did just that).

Nine years was just not enough—there could never be enough time with you, my beloved Jasper (a.k.a. Mr. Twitchy, Stripey Joe, Dapper Jasper, Jasperamadamadingdong, Handsome Smamsome, and Mama’s Boy). Go keep Homer, Jessie, Ben, Pogo Diablo, Lucky Fred Chewy Rattatouille, Dorrie, Nemo, and Calico Jo company on Rainbow Bridge where I’m sure there’s an endless supply of catnip and chicken. I will miss you fiercely.

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Nessus Sphinx caterpillar?

24 10 2010

After over an hour of research, I have concluded that this might be a Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis) caterpillar. I photographed it in my parent’s front yard in San Antonio, Texas. I’m concluding from my research that the caterpillar is about 3-4 weeks old and is looking for a place to pupate. If I’m correct on my identification, the moth will emerge from its larvae pupae looking like this one here. I photographed it last night with my camera phone (you can just imagine how not stellar those images were). My dad charged the battery in his Nikon D40x overnight and I was able to use that this afternoon to capture this (much better) image!

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Ethereal

22 10 2010

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A few more from Green Spring Gardens…

21 10 2010

It seems like everything I photographed at Green Spring Gardens earlier this week was purple or pink!

Photo 1: Spotted Cucumber Beetle laying eggs
on a ‘Country Girl’ Chrysanthemum
Photo 2: Asters (unknown variety)
Photo 3: Japanese Anemone

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Updated Green Spring Gardens portfolio

21 10 2010

Take a look! http://cindydyer.zenfolio.com/p787446313





Japanese Toad Lily (Tricyrtis Hirta ‘Miyasaki’)

19 10 2010

This hardy perennial from Japan produces exotic, star-shaped blooms with purple markings. The flowers resemble orchids and will grow in part or full shade. Learn more about this plant here. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia

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Yin and Yang

19 10 2010

Japanese Anemone (hybrid unknown), photographed at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia

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