Monthly Archives: September 2014

Shelf Mushrooms

Near the John Rock Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

Near the John Rock Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Summer’s End

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28 September 2014 · 06:37

A Little Fall Color on the Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

The southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway is starting to show some fall color up at 5,000 feet and higher.

Near the Graveyard Fields overlook

Near the Graveyard Fields overlook

Just south of the NC State Road 191 access point

Just south of the NC State Road 191 access point

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Autumn Dogwood

Dogwood Leaf

Dogwood Leaf

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“Weeds”

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22 September 2014 · 18:03

Smiling Mantis

Smiling Mantis

Smiling Mantis

Although we live in the Bible Belt here, we haven’t seen any mantises praying. This one seems to be smiling.

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Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Lookin' Out My Back Door

Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Bob got some photos the other day of a long, skinny orange, black and white bug (atteva aurea) and I went out this afternoon to find another one to photograph.

Atteva Aurea (by Bob)

Atteva Aurea (by Bob)

I didn’t find one. But the hill behind the house was hopping. I was reminded of the words, “Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn” in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Lookin’ Out My Back Door. I took a step and ten or fifteen grasshoppers leapt out of the way.

Grasshopper (by Bob)

Grasshopper (by Bob)

If I walk carefully and look closely, I can find all kinds of critters.

Acrosternum hilare (I think)

Acrosternum hilare (I think)

I think this is some sort of shield bug

I think this is some sort of shield bug

Mantis

Mantis

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