Ant and Acacia
Ant on an Acacia Tree. These ants are symbiotic with the Acacia Tree, they protect it from all dangers, whether it be invading plants, insects or mammals such as goats which find the leaves tasty and in return they get a rich nectar and those brown pods are food for the ants larvae. More information can be found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudomyrmex_ferruginea
Bubbles in the ice after a short thaw.
Fractured glass on an old truck, auto junkyard.
The light within
Prayer plant leaf.
All the rain has been good for some things
Snail on grafitti, Fort Wetherill State Park.
Hangin' around... takin' it slow
Inchworm on a sunflower, Buttonwoods farm.
Small fly on sunflower, Buttonwoods Farm
No me first!
NumNum for the TumTum
Damselfly with dinner, Trustom Pond NWR.
Here's looking at you...
Milkweed bug, Trustom Pond NWR, RI
She sells sea shells
Flotsam on the beach, John H. Chafee Refuge, South Kingston, RI
A portion of a giant palm leaf, Sandals Whitehouse, Westmorland, Jamaica.
Indian Lotus Flower
The Lotus Fower, Nelumbo nucifera, is also known as the Indian Lotus, the Sacred Lotus and the Bean of India. It is an aquatic perenial not related to the water lily or egyptian lily. The seeds of this plant can remain viable and can germinate many years after they have been harvested. The oldest known recorded Nelumbo Nucifera germination was from seeds that were 1300 years old found in a dry lakebed in China and Vietnam. The Lotus is the national flower of both India and Vietnam
The heart of the matter
The glow from a yellow rose.
Thinking about a nibble
A bug Mike found for me this morning.
Drops of Jupiter
Dew on phlox
Spider on a budding leaf.
Most feel that a dandelion is an ugly weed but a peek inside shows something quite different.
The Beauty Within 3
Another rainy day with the dwarf Iris
The Beauty Within 2
After a rainy day.
Fly on a bee balm leaf
I see you
Spider on a peony leaf.
The Crab Whisperer
Ghost Crab with unusual markings, Sandals La Toc Beach.
Tiny frog peeping out at us between the leaves, shot at night.
Cricket on a crass stalk at the Great Swamp.
Red Eyed Tree Frog (captive)
Red eyed Tree Frogs are perhaps the most iconic of all the tree frogs of Costa Rica. They sleep all day under leaves and come out at night. Their big orange feet and huge red eyes may serve as warning signals to predators that they are not safe to eat
"Puhlese Dahling, No more pictures"
Red eyed Tree Frogs are perhaps the most iconic of all the tree frogs of Costa Rica. They sleep all day under leaves and come out at night. Their big orange feet and huge red eyes may serve as warning signals to predators that they are not safe to eat (captive)
The Beauty Within 4
The much maligned clover floret
Yellow Eyed Tree Frog
These little frogs are highly endangered and a small population live in the ponds at Hotel Bougainvillea, brought there by a conservationist. Life isn't care free though, there are spiders on the grounds that can make a meal of these little beauties.
Male Red Eye Tree Frog
Small frogs that make lots of noise, they typically are found on leaves over ponds or puddles where they will shake the branches to attract females (along with their "chack" sound) and keep other males away. After the female deposits the eggs on the leaf and the tadpoles develop they will fall into the water below where they have to escape predation by dragonflies, fish and beetles.
Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog
This tiny frog is also known as the strawberry poison arrow frog. The adults are between 2 and 2.5 cm long (3/4-1 inch). The males are very territorial and patrol it defending it from other mating or calling males, non-breeding males, and of course females, are allowed in. The fights between males can last up to 20 minutes with the males standing on their back legs and wrestling chest to chest. The loser is not killed but retreats from the victors territory.
Waiting and Wishing....
Poisonous Toad (c) holding onto a leaf, Costa Rica
Tiny mushrooms found in the orchid gardens of Bosque de Paz Ecological Preserve, Costa Rica
Do you want, do you want, do you want to fight with me?
Small fly cleaning the pollen off it's mandibles.
Crimson Patch Butterfly
At our hotel in San Jose a beautiful Crimson Patch Butterfly alit for a few seconds on this pretty flower which I think is a type of Gerba Daisy
The Beauty Within
The pistil of a Christmas Cactus is delicate, made of fine filiments that remind me of spun sugar.
Autumn brings falling leaves and lovely little mushrooms
The Danger Within (The Beauty Within series)
Ant on the stamens of a dandelion
The Might Within (The Beauty Within Series)
A mite on the stamen of a grape hyacinth.
IR conversion of a dandelion.
String of Pearls
Spiderweb in the morning dew
Patterns in the sand as the tide receeds
Anole asleep on a large leaf.
A happy little frog in IR
Driftwood on a beach in Northern California.
Zebra Spider on a Hydrangea leaf
This is my flower
Ailanthus webworm moth on its namestake plant (Ailanthus)