White Checkered Skipper
Photography is such a great way to share what you've seen, but it's also a great way to see what you missed in real life. For instance, in my attempt to get this photo of a White Checkered Skipper I jumped around in waist-high grass and wildflowers, probably stepped in fire ants, and picked up an armful of beggar-ticks, just to follow the constantly moving subject. The lens' auto focus wasn't functioning for some reason, so that added a special challenge. I was able to get only six shots. In my rush to the capture butterfly, I didn't notice the yellow beetle on the leaf (left).
Below is one of the failed attempts, but click on the photo and check out the flowers to the right - there's a party going on! A stinkbug, a red-eyed fly, and behind him, a ladybug. I totally missed them in real life.
So, once again I am reminded that in life, slower is better. Imagine how much we don't see even if, like me, we are actually searching for it. Note to self: Slow down, slow down, slow down.
Here are some more photos from yesterday's hike. Click on the photos for larger size.
Interesting leaf-change - looks like it was somehow affected by
the insect chomping holes in it...
Possibly False Turkey Tail... on oak log.
Leftovers from someone's meal. It was a small animal (compare to oak leaf)... not sure who has teeth like that.
Yellow Bear Caterpillar (turns into a Virginia Tiger Moth)
On the same tree as above... only 1/3 inch high.
And last but not least, Daisy on the Lawson's Fork trail...
watching out for her brother Dukie.