biobabbler

unbridled enthusiast of that nature thing
Bashful dahlia.

Bashful dahlia.

Summer colors. Pluots, plums and dahlias. Oh, and kitty.

Summer colors. Pluots, plums and dahlias. Oh, and kitty.

I’m totally in love w/bee flies and they are (in my experience) seldom still, so this shot is EXTRA amazing. *happy sigh*

I’m totally in love w/bee flies and they are (in my experience) seldom still, so this shot is EXTRA amazing. *happy sigh*

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Manzapeel: noun. The attractive qualities of members of the Arctostaphylos (manzanita) genus, esp. those with curling bark.
This was the number ONE plant I was most excited to return to when I moved here. In my childhood spent many happy minutes rolling the bark off.

Manzapeel: noun. The attractive qualities of members of the Arctostaphylos (manzanita) genus, esp. those with curling bark.

This was the number ONE plant I was most excited to return to when I moved here. In my childhood spent many happy minutes rolling the bark off.

Ferris wheel at the county fair.

Ferris wheel at the county fair.

Tarnished plant bug (Lygus herperus) on gaillardia. A wee thing, with a heart-shaped mark on its back, and cool eyeball texture. =)

Very stylish spotted assassin bug (Rhynocoris ventralis) on gaillardia. Don’t think I’ve seen this one before—SO handsome, and coordinates beautifully with the flower.

Funny, predators are so behaviorally different than prey species. As I slowly moved around the flower, this bug watched closely and turned with me so it  faced me. Assassin bugs are so badass. =)