I don't know what's going on with me. I used to be petrified, I mean absolutely terrified, of touching a bug -- any bug. Four months into this gardening thing and suddenly I'm touching all kinds of bugs.
Now keep in mind that I've been on a Monarch butterfly hunt. I see 3 or 4 flying through my yard daily, but they won't land and give me a photo op. I'm a little annoyed by this, but over I'm okay with it, I'm enjoying seeing them (and for about a week -- chasing them -- but now I've given up). You're just going to have to take my word for it because despite my best efforts, I just can't capture one on "film." What do we call it now that we no longer use film?
I feel dirty just looking at this let alone showing it to you:
VPH smashed them about 15 seconds after I snapped this pic. We weren't a 100% sure what they were (can anyone identify these bugs?), but they looked mean.
Trying to capture an image of my ripening tomatoes (hurry up!) I came across this little guy:
Okay, spiders still freak me out. Spiders will never be okay with me.
Wednesday evening I had the most amazing thing happen. Remember those butterflies that are always chasing one another around the yard and buzzing us when we get too close to their favorite perches - -one landed right on my finger:
I couldn't believe how long it stayed there or how well I photographed it with my left hand.
I'm so glad I was able to get a photo of the top of the butterfly's wings. Poor thing looks like it has had a rough life.
I love the ghost image of the wings above. It was rather cloudy out that evening which probably led to the longer than normal exposure -- one of those lucky accidents.
Then this afternoon I was trying to capture the new growth on the sweet potato vine and this bug caught my eye:
Do you see it right in the middle? Here, take a closer look:
Have any of you ever seen one of these before? In the bright sun it's gold, but then in the shade, it's almost translucent.
Tune in next week for more close encounters of the bug kind.