The common name of this insect is lacewing or goldeneye:


They are the adult form of an antlion – the larva live in sandy soil, and built pits to catch ants. They are in Neuroptera, the order of bugs with lacy (network-like) wings.


A rocky hill not far from where I live has hundreds of columbines flowering:


They seem to thrive in poor soil – in some spots (not this one) they grow in what looks like gravel.

Eastern forktail

Dragonflies started flying a few weeks ago, now there are damselflies about:


Damselflies are fun to watch up close. They snatch smaller insects out of the air and return to their perch, rather like a cat pouncing.

Drop space (tulip)

Rain drops on a tulip petal:


It’s been drizzling for the last week, but I’ve been enjoying the opportunities for drop abstracts.


A spring wildflower, viewed up close:


Spring resumes

The April snows melted, of course, and the flowers weren’t affected much at all. Here’s the same hyacinth patch as my recent snowy post:



Lichens growing on granite:


I have a folder of neglected pictures called “lost and forgotten” – images that I decided not to post or print, but that seemed interesting enough to set aside. This one is from last winter, and I had forgotten it. Lichens are homely, but I love all the intricate detail.

Spring, interrupted

Just when I thought it was spring, we’ve had two April snowfalls, one after the other, covering the emerging tulips and these grape hyacinths:



One of this year’s crocuses:


I had a couple dozen blooms until a backyard varmint ate them (squirrel? groundhog?).


Another greenhouse flower, a geranium (cranesbill) species in an extreme closeup:




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