|It's the last week of November already! Click to enlarge. |
|In the blink of an eye, we went from this... |
|And now -- to that feeling of being watched. |
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In the light of the big holiday that is coming up this week, I'd like to ask if everyone knows how Thanksgiving always ends.
It ends with a "g" !
And have you heard this one?
Norma Lee who?
Norma Lee I don't overeat at dinner!
|This could be the last pine barrens gentian flower of the year in our area. Click to enlarge.|
|Pine barrens gentians are rare. I have only ever found them in one location in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Because I was near there a few days ago and because they bloom from early September through early November, I hiked over to search in my secret spot. I found this one lone flower. |
|And a very pretty one it was. See you all again next September, gentians. |
|I was in North Carolina recently and I saw a butterfly that I don't see up north -- this gulf fritillary. It was flitting along a sandy beach and would not stop to pose, so these few photos are all I saw of it. But I did get to say "flitting fritillary." :-) |
|I love how the sun shines through it like stained glass. Note the fancy black dots with white centers near the front edge of the wing. Click to enlarge. |
|And its long October shadow. |
|A buckeye butterfly sitting on a puff of white asters. Click to enlarge. |
|The buckeye gets its common name from big spots on its upper wing surfaces. They are called eyespots, and are thought to scare away predators. The butterfly performs a famous "startle display" -- rapidly opening its wings to flash those big false eyes. Boo! |
|Also check out its pretty orange bars and bands. Buckeyes have a wingspan of about 2.5 inches and are found throughout North America. |
|They move south this time of year to avoid the cold weather. |
|I have seen a lot of buckeyes this week. Even this pair, mating in the middle on the path in the warm autumn sunshine. I wish them all a safe journey to warm places. |