Monday, August 15, 2011

Milkweed & the Beetle, et al.

You probably know by now that the kids and I were in Iowa for several days last week.
We ended up going to the fair on both Thursday and Friday...all day, both days. I'm still worn out just thinking about it! Saturday we spent the morning at my grandparents' farm. The shots for today are from the countryside around their house.

This is some kind of beetle on a milkweed pod.
I'm amazed this turned out at all.
It was incredibly windy...but it was a blissfully cool wind, so I really can't complain.


My youngest sister is seventeen and beginning to get into photography.
I'm pretty excited and wish we lived closer so she and I could do photo walks together.
So we walked down to the creek and around the bean and corn fields taking shots of anything and everything!
She was determined to find caterpillars...and she did.


Then our dad found a cocoon!
I've never seen one out in nature before, so that was pretty cool.

My grandma has a really lovely flower bed which was buzzing with all kinds of bugs.
Can you see the nearly clear little guy above?

And here he is again with a giant bumble bee.


  1. How exciting that your sister is taking a liking to photography!! That caterpillar is cool looking. I bet it makes a beautiful butterfly. The cocoon you found...did you keep it? It would probably be ready to hatch its butterfly in the next few days. That would have be neat for the kids to see. So fun! Your ladybug shot....amazing!!! These are all just perfect. :)

  2. Beautiful photography - love all your critters!

  3. These are such cool shots Katie - I especially like the first and last shots!

  4. Cool shots. Just love trying to find critters on flowers to photograph.

  5. Love all your shots but my fave is that beetle on the mildweed! Very nice!

  6. WOW- just WOW!!!!! Those are amazing Katie!

  7. I'm pretty sure that first photo is a cucumber beetle. Love all the photos. Great work!

  8. Correction: a SPOTTED cucumber beetle. I always forget the "spotted" part. :)

  9. Lovely photos of the small creatures. I love your macro work.

  10. Nice macros. I've never been to Iowa though my great-grandparents were Iowa farmers.

  11. Hi!
    Awesome shots! Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  12. I love the pale colors, beautiful lovely yellows.

  13. Really beautiful! I love the detail in the first one!

  14. Wonderful photos. I love the first one.

  15. It really is a pleasure viewing your photos - so pleased I came across your site. Love the colours and your skill in the first shot.

  16. That's a lovely shot of the beetle - I think it's a type of ladybird. We have yellow and black ones here as well as the familiar red - sometimes we see black and white ones, too!

  17. these are fantastically wonderful!

  18. great shots. I especially like the first one.

  19. they are beautiful! :) I saw the hairy catepillar when I was at the zoo yesterday! I will be posting my picture probably Thursday morning :)


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