Sunday, August 31, 2014

Parasitoid wasp and a hapless caterpillar

A bit of drama played out today while I was weeding my cactus garden. I noticed a wasp paying lots of attention to a small object laying in the sand. It appears to be a small tomato hornworm and it was not going to be a good day for it.

Laying paralyzed in the sand a caterpillar awaits a visitor
A parastoid wasp with the future food source for her young
"Smile you are on camera"
This is enlargement of the previous shot because I noted her mandibles form a smile.

I left the scene for a few minutes and when I returned the caterpillar was gone and the wasp was filling in a hole.
She dug in the sand the same way a dog might. The entire time her wings beat furiously and it was quite loud.
I was very close when I took these shots.

Finishing touches

Almost finished.

Finished, hole complete, eggs laid and food source in place.

Daily Photo Themes for Sunday

A collection of Photo Themes for Sunday
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Aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard
A mixture of steam from the catapult and mist from what I believe to be Liquid Oxygen
Loading bombs for a another run to Vietnam

Selfy Sunday
I was wise to hide behind the camera and pitcher plant
For a great commentary on the selfie phenomena, check out the Dan Piraro cartoon at the bottom of this post
Seaweed salad

"Green door what's that secret you're keeping"

Tarantula being shown at a birthday event. I don't think I could handle one of these

July in New Ipswich by the flood control dam

This is MY space, read the sign

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Tunes for the Jukebox

I have the opportunity to listen to music all day, one of the joys of being a teleworker. When I find a tune I like, I add it to a playlist. On my blog I have an embedded widget with some of my favorite tunes. It's not really a Jukebox, since it only plays a short segment of a song, but a segment long enough to make a judgement.

I've updated this with several new selections, give it a listen. One caveat though, this widget works on Desktops but not on mobile devices. The right column is not visible.

Thanks to all the readers that utilize the amazon links on this buy their stuff, amazon pays me a few cents for those sales.

If you are on a desktop computer look to the right
I've added a number of new tunes to this widget
It is located beneath the search text box

Daily Photo Themes for Saturday

A collection of Photo Themes for Saturday
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Saturday is my favorite day of the week and maybe someday ALL days will be Saturday

Probably one of the more cryptic Gplus photo themes but a fun and delicious topic
White Chocolate Berry Strudel dessert served at Pickity Place in Mason, NH

Paris, my dependable model for this theme

An overcast morning but the sun eventually found a way to burn through the clouds
Cape Cod, 2014

First Encounter Beach in Eastham, Cape Cod
A popular gathering place for sunsets

Tree Burls in New Ipswich, NH


One can not help but pity this young girl. This is not the typical epitaph.

"Long was her sickness, and painfull her sores:
which she bore with wonderful patience, and resignation."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Daily Photo Themes for Thursday

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Playland at Rye Beach, NY
Wore my shorts high in those days

LaJolla, CA 



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hummingbirds 2014

This has been a great year for hummingbirds. I seem to have more than ever before. Their in-flight acrobatics are amazing to watch. It is especially thrilling when one hovers in front of your face. They seem to be very curious about us.

I provide a variety of natural food sources for these birds, crocosmia 'Lucifer', Bee Balm, Trumpet vine and more. They seem to like the Orange Jewelweed which grows in abandon everywhere.

I've tried various feeders and decided the absolute best design are the Hummzinger ones from Aspect. I only have one now but intend to get more for next year.

I still have many glass bottle types but once the sugar water drips out, they become wasp feeders. The yellow jackets are nasty things, they torment the hummers. They are also hard to clean with too many crevices to scrub. 

One excellent source for Hummingbird information is the website

Hummingbird slideshow

Bee Balm, a favorite natural food source

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daily Photo Themes for Tuesday

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New Ipswich, NH

I decided to start off this theme with a photo of the hardware needed to play vinyl

Imagine my surprise when I visited the rest room in a restaurant and was required to step over the toilet to use it
Some bad Feng Shui happening here
Photo taken in Wells, Maine

Rusted track and decaying concrete at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH
In WWII this was the location of Fort Dearborn. The Guns were used to defend Portsmouth Harbor
One of the most popular themes on the GplusPhotoPages
Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH

Monday, August 25, 2014

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How very unique (and attractive)
Mariposa Museum - Peterborough, NH



Looking up at a rival

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Daily Photo Themes for Sunday

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Waiting for a sunrise on Nauset Beach, Cape Cod

JFK statue at the JFK Museum in Hyannis, MA

Misumena vatia or "Flower Spider"
This spider assumes the coloration of a flower and awaits visiting bees

A homemade sign, obviously created in response to the road conditions
Photographed near Pratt Pond in New Ipswich, NH