The monarchs were swarming in this backyard "pollinator garden" -- on the Dallas Water Dept.'s "Water-Wise Landscape Tour." This milkweed was a monarch favorite.
Eating (Scare) Crow
If it'll just consume all the leftover pumpkins.
The flower of October
Aster may be designated the flower of September by those who decide such things, but in Dallas, it's October. And this is an early one. The native asters -- mostly white --are just hitting their prime.
Cats, bats, and ... flamingos?
I understand the cat connection to Halloween. Never quite figured how bats and spiders fit in, unless it's just because they're kinda creepy. So, hey. Why not flamingos?
This yard, not far from White Rock Lake, is full of wild and crazy but marvelous things. More to come.
They've circled their nest, and every eye is turned toward the intruder, even though the camera is at a respectful distance. This is an especially pugnacious species of paper wasp, tiny and usually nesting in woody plants within inches of the ground. Hard to spot and easy to blunder into, . .
That's really the name of this variety of crassula. And aptly so.
Just couldn't decide what color to wear today, so tried a little of both. Dallas Arboretum
The bee can't miss this target. (Dallas Arboretum sunflower)
Blue if for water
Lake water, I guess. If it were city water, blue cap would be a code for how much pressure is in the line. But at the Dallas Arboretum, this may have different meaning. Maybe it's all about flower colors: blue is set off by the glow-in-the-dark yellow marigolds.
Enjoying the music
In the Arboretum Tuesday evening. Many venues.
I'm a naturalist first and a photographer second, but I find one enriches the other. Hence, most of my gallery is flora and fauna, particularly the "small world."
This is where I'd like to pay tribute to my 8th grade science teacher Clark Prather for turning me on to photography. He commandeered a broom closet in the school and set up a darkroom for students to use freely, and he encouraged artistic experimentation.