She’s the Fairest of Them All

Red Admiral butterfly on mosaic wall

A Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) pauses to admire herself in the mirrored tile of a mosaic wall.

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My Heart’s in a Whorl

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I don’t know what kind of plant this is – an asparagus fern, perhaps? – but it looks AWESOME with icicles!

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Wasps at Work

European Paper Wasps, Polistes dominula

Wasps at Work

These European Paper Wasps (Polistes dominula) are shaving away bits of a wooden shovel handle, which they'll chew up and add to their nest. I don't mind having these wasps living under my eave because they are predators of the sawfly larvae that eat my roses!

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Wet Peacock

Wet Peacock
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Golden Chalices

Golden Chalices

I don't know what kind of flowers these are, but I love their brilliant color and satin texture, with those delicate orange pistils and stamens flaring from their golden hearts.

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Purple Ruffles

Purple Ruffles (Ornamantal kale)

My favorite plant to photograph, ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea). It is one of my muses, however unlikely that seems!

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“How many fingers am I holding up?”

If I were a more reverent person, I would have a more poetic title for this photo. That's just what I think when I look at it, though!

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Spots Mark the X

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, on day lily leaf (Hemarocallis species).

Spots Mark the X

I have no idea how this photo came out so well! Isn't she perfectly glossy? She is a Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, a species introduced from Europe for biocontrol.

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