Monday, August 30, 2010



Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

This Painted Lady and Red Admiral have no problem sharing space. Too bad the rest of us can't look past the different colors of skin. After all, they're both butterflies...... and we're all human.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mamma's Silver Lace

Sweet Scents....

These flowers belong to a vine called a Silver Lace Vine. They're invasive and a weed actually, but they're so pretty they're a pleasure to grow and watch. Most flower nurseries sell them. My mom has them around 2 of her big windows. They're beautiful and have a sweet perfume type fragrance, very light. They can take over if they aren't properly managed, as they will choke out other vines. The flying insects love them, I could watch them all day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Grackle Totem

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Frank series.

My Dear Frank!


I love Frank!

This is Frank.

This is a story about a male Mourning Dove named Frank. I first started seeing Frank around mid February 2010. I noticed there was an open wound to his head and it looked pretty bad. But this tough bird kept comming around so I kept feeding him and making sure he had access to water. Indiana winters are pretty cold so I kept his water thawed, filled the feeder tray up again come evening to help him have the energy to make it through the freezing nights.
The wound on his head looked like something Frankenstein would have so I started calling him Frankenbird. Slowly but surely Frank has healed. He isn't afraid of me , of course I can't hold him or touch him. But he will sit just out of reach so he's safe if I jump him lol. Sometimes he just sits on the ground and watches me, just hangs out. He's never very far away. Sometimes he even follows me around the yard. This has to be the sweeetest bird in the whole wide world! He doesn't have a mate which makes me very sad for him. I love Frank with all my heart, my Dear Sweet Frank.....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Furry Baby...
Mammas Brown Shuga

Sometimes I have a hard time remembering the reason why I have to get up every day. Then I look beside me and see this sweet little face, and I think, "Oh yeah, my furry baby needs me to". Sometimes an animal truly is your best friend. Thank you God for another day.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


This is my daughters (Stormi) friend Lois. And Lois is a Spined Micrathena spider. I have to admit, as far as spiders go, Lois is a pretty cool girl. My daughter goes to check on Lois first thing when she comes for a visit. If I could just teach Lois to spell things for Stormi, maybe she'd visit more and I wouldn't miss her so much. Now there's an idea......

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Best Friends....

My Baby Boy.
(My son, Jordan)

My "like a son" Son.
(My "like a son" son, Nick)

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~Author Unknown

So my son and his best friend EVER came over to hang out with me for a while yesterday evening. We laughed and ate delicious salads my mom made for us, and then we talked and laughed some more. I adore these guy!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My New Friend!

My new friend!

This is my new friend, it's a Ailanthus Webworm Moth. I was real close to it taking it's photo and it flipped around and flew at my face. It landed on my chin where it stayed for almost 10 minutes while I walked around the yard taking pics. I'm still smiling because of that moment in time where a moth chose to hang out with me. :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mother and Daughter Time.

Monarch Butterfly

Common Whitetail Skimmer

Could use some ID help on this butterfly.

Torn and Tattered.
Black Swallowtail butterfly

Hummingbird Moth

My daughter surprised me and drove up after work. She and I spent some time walking around my yard capturing the beauty. These are just a few of the things we saw, there was numerous species of butterflies and moths today. Not to mention all the species of birds. God and Mother Nature were smiling upon us today and sent us such precious gifts to make us happy. Enjoy everyday if you can. Make sure those you love know it and don't be afraid to show it. I will sleep good tonight, I'm very content.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Truths and Roses.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~
Dale Carnegie

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Originally uploaded by SuziQBird
When the weather is bad and I can't get outside to shoot my photo for our photo group, I can always Depend on Shuga. That and she's my best friend. :) This was taken with my cell phone.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Emotional Day.....


“Afflictive emotions - our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear - can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Color of Happy!

The Color of Happy!

Very hot out today and I'm not up to walking around in the heat and humidity. All I had to do was step outside my door to be awed by natures little happies! I hope they make you feel happy too! Black-eyed Susans. :)

*This photo was taken with the camera on my cell phone.

Fairy or Moth?

Such Beauty!

Charles de Lint--"Like legend and myth, magic fades when it is unused -- hence all the old tales of elfin kingdoms moving further and further away from our world, or that magical beings require our faith, our belief in their existence, to survive.That is a lie. All they require is our recognition."


John Lennon--"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now? Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."

I agree with them....... Two days in a row I photograph these moths. Who's to say they aren't really fairies......

Saturday, August 7, 2010


I had been patiently waiting for several hours to try to catch a good shot of the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird that hangs out here. I got up to walk around and stretch my legs, when what did I see!? No it couldn't be....

No Way!

It was just what I thought it was! A Hummingbird Moth! I haven't seen one in a few years. I managed to get a few shots in, and then it flew off. Sometimes what you end up with is more magical than what you were looking for!

Buh Bye Now!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Can you say.....
Originally uploaded by SuziQBird
Can you say severe weather? This was taken from my driveway. It's so hot and humid that hopefully this will cool it down. The heat index was 107 today!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The spy who stalked me!

The spy .

I was laying back, reading on my Kindle, when I felt like I was being watched. I lowered my Kindle and this is what was staring at me from the ceiling! A small grasshopper! I had to call my son to come over & get it out of the house for me! Of course he laughed at me, which is totally ok because he came out in the heat to get a bug for his Mamma. :)

Monday, August 2, 2010



Shuga has kept me up all night, she was running a fever and I was also. Neither one of us feel well today so we've simply slept on & off. So I took this pic with my cell phone of her relaxing. I'll try to get better photos tomorrow. Much love!