Monday, April 19, 2010

Independent Bookstores, Illustrators Digital Books and A Walk in Nature:

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Writers Resources, Books, and other Guides & Features.

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A Walk in Nature
I spent a few hours in The Woodland Garden enjoying nature. Gosh, I love the surprises I am offered as I explore while I work. For several months a large brown cocoon that feels like paper has been attached to one of the large wild cherry trees on the south end of the garden. I had no idea what it was. I sent a photo to Jeffrey K. Barnes, Curator at the University of Arkansas. He said it appears to be a cecropia moth cocoon. I found more information and pictures in a book and a website. I do hope to see it when it comes out to explore the world. I have been trying to keep watch, but that isn’t always possible. I will collect the empty cocoon to add with the rest of my nature collection.
I have been keeping an eye on the several dens throughout the woods for some kind of movement. Nothing yet. Our ten squirrels and Mrs.M or Momma squirrel as she is known arrives ever-so-often at one of our windows for a couple of peanuts. I have a hummingbird food out, but no hummingbirds. They are late. Each year they arrive later and later.

8 comments:

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell said...

I love the discoveries we make in our surroundings, Mary! Have fun in the woodland garden this spring!

Missy said...

Our robins are back on the back porch nestled in their nest. Nature is a beautiful thing that connects us all, I would live to see pictures if the things you are finding.

Life's Beautiful Path said...

Thanks Kerri, I do hope to continue enjoying the adventures my garden brings each day. I know you will too in your woodland area near the lake.

Life's Beautiful Path said...

Hi Missy! Robins are well known to return to the same nesting area. They are an interesting bird to watch. She works so hard to build her nest. If she can get Mr. Robin to stop strutting around showing off his big beautiful chest he will help if need be.

GeraldF_Rotter雅慧 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.......................................................

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell said...

Just thought I would let you know that I was wearing a red shirt yesterday and was buzzed by a hummingbird flying by! They're back!

Life's Beautiful Path said...

Kinds to makes a world:thoughts, dreams,people,nature, changes and etc. The word "kinds" can cover a wide meaning of different things.
Thanks for your thoughts. Have a special kind of day.Be kind!

Life's Beautiful Path said...

Kerri, thanks. Yes, we seen our first one yesterday too. I had the feed out for two weeks. I have to go refill it this morning. I think my little bat drank it. Spring is exciting. Wearing that red shirt beware of bulls.