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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We are happy to report that we got our Christmas wish to finally have some decent snow to play in! (Be sure to click on the images to get a bigger view)

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-5 - lr

It’s a winter wonderland!

The snow smooshed down the beautiful grasses in our perennial garden, but it was bound to happen eventually. 

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-4 - lr

What are you doing back there dad?

The snow wasn’t deep, but it came down wet, so it stuck to everything!

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-3 - lr

What a tranquil scene

We had fun wandering around and occasionally doing some zoomies, too.

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-2 - lr

Uh oh! I think I see Walter stalking me.

See if you can spot Walter in the next picture. You might have to click on it to make it bigger.

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-1 - lr

Do you see him?
I blend in so well Millie won’t see me coming.

We hope you enjoyed seeing our winter wonderland. Luckily, we haven’t had any warm weather, so the snow is sticking around for a while plus we’re expected to get a little more snow almost every day for the next week!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We always like to share some of the nature we find in our yard on our annual Christmas card so today we will give you a close-up view of the nature pictures on this year’s card.

Millie and Walter 10-28-21-1 - lr

Let’s see some of the interesting nature from our card this year.

Our mom loves trying to capture pictures of the birds in our yard. They move fast so sometimes she has to get lucky to get a good picture. This is one of her favorites this year.

6272 - White Breasted Nuthatch on Cherry Tree - lr

White Breasted Nuthatch

You know we love all the flowers in our yard, but our dad had fun this year taking pictures of the dahlias in a nearby arboretum. This pink one is a real beauty!

Pink dahlia 9-25-21 - lr

Many of the flowers we have planted in our garden are attractive to all sorts of pollinators and butterflies.

Giant swallowtail on clematis 8-19-21 - lr

Giant Swallowtail on Clematis, Mrs. Robert Brydon

That clematis is a non-vining or bush clematis, and our parents enjoy watching all the bugs that use it.

Finally, we have a look at a frosty Rozanne Geranium.

Rozanne geranium with frost 11-6-21 - lr

For those of you that aren’t on our Christmas card list here is a look at both sides of our card this year. Feel free to take a copy for yourself.

We hope you enjoyed seeing the nature pictures from our card this year and we wish all of you that celebrate it a Very Merry Christmas!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. On the days it hasn’t been raining we’ve enjoyed hanging out in the yard while our dad takes pictures of some of our fall leaves.

7596 - Millie on stump - lr

Let’s see what dad’s found to show us.

Fallen leaves and pine cone 11-12-21 - lr

Berries and fallen leaves 11-3-21-4 - lr

Fallen paper bark maple leaves 11-16-21 - lr

Berries and fallen leaves 11-3-21-2 - lr

Moss and fallen leaves 10-27-21-2 - lr

We like being outside when the weather is nice. There are lots of different types and colors of leaves in our yard.

7616 - Walter on stump - lr

What a fun day we had while dad was doing his pictures.

We hope you enjoyed seeing some of the cool things our dad photographed in our backyard. 

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ARTY, Forever (4)

We also want to dedicate this post to our dear friend Arty from the LLB Gang who sadly went to the Bridge just over a week ago. He was a great friend to everyone in Blogville and will be dearly missed by everyone, especially his family.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. The last time I showed you some of Charlie’s macro pictures with insects on them so this time it will be macro pictures of just dahlias. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite drink and enjoy the show.

Crimson and yellow dahlia 9-19-21 - lr

Dahlia Webster Arb 10-7-21-2 - lr

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Dahlia Webster Arb 10-7-21-5 - lr

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Red dahlia 9-25-21 - lr

Yellow and pink dahlia 9-25-21 - lr

Finally here is one last one with a honey bee on a daisy.

Daisy with honeybee 10-14-21-2 - lr

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful dahlias Charlie photographed with his macro lens. I’m sure the garden at the arboretum will be put to bed soon so we will have to look forward to seeing these beautiful flowers again next year.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Recently Charlie picked up a new macro lens and has been having fun learning how to use it. The main use for a macro lens is to take extreme close ups of your subject. As a reminder you can click on all the pictures to see a much bigger version.

Bumblebee on red dahlia 9-19-21 - lr

Bumblebee on Red Dahlia

There is a very nice arboretum near us that has some dahlias so Charlie has taken a few trips there when the weather was nice and calm. In order to get sharp pictures there can’t be much movement in the subject. This bumblebee was still waking up from spending the night on this dahlia.

Dahlia Webster Arb 10-7-21-10 - lr

Can you find the hidden bugs on this dahlia?
(clicking on the image to make it bigger will help)

Sometimes the bugs are so small you don’t even see them when you are taking the picture as is the case with the picture above. Here is a hint there is a super tiny bug just left of center and a slightly larger one right of center hiding below the petals.

Hoverfly on potentilla flower 9-23-21 - lr

Hoverfly on Potentilla flower

Right in our own back yard one of Charlie’s favorite subjects has been bugs on the potentilla flowers. Just for reference these flowers are only about 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) in diameter.

Now I think I have to warn anyone that doesn’t like spiders much that the next few pictures might just creep you out a bit.

Crab spider on potentilla flower 9-18-21 - lr

Crab spider on Potentilla flower

The crab spiders like to hide in plants and flowers and ambush their prey. 

Crab spider on potentilla 10-5-21 - lr

Crab spider on Potentilla plant

These small spiders blend into their surroundings very well. One thing that is amazing about these pictures is that to the naked eye you cannot see the tiny hairs all over this little guy.

Crab spider with prey stack 10-6-21 - lr

Crab spider with prey

The crab spider above has captured another spider that is even smaller than it. This last picture was created using a technique called “focus stacking“. There were multiple images taken very quickly at different focal points (the camera does this automatically when you set it up). Then the images are combined to create one image where more of the subject is in focus than would be with just one image.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the creepy little things Charlie has found with his macro lens. It’s amazing to look at these creatures almost as if you had them under a microscope.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Last time I posted for Nature Friday I showed you some of our butterflies. Today it’s all about the bees!

7357 - Walter - as a Bee - lr

Let’s see what’s buzzing around the yard.

Our dad was taking pictures of the bees for us.

7335 - Millie Walter - Charlie photographing flowers - lr

Are you sure you have the right f-stop dad?
Millie, you have to be wearing bee camouflage to get this close!

That sister of mine almost scared away the bees!

Bumblebee on sedum 9-2-21 - lr

Bumblebee on Sedum

7338 - Walter - Charlie photographing flowers - lr

The bees feel safer now that Millie is gone.

Bumblebee on sedum2 9-2-21 - lr

Another Bumblebee on the Sedum

There still is quite a few flowers in bloom in our yard and the pollinators just love it.

Bumblebee on turtle head flower 9-2-21 - lr

Bumblebee on Turtle Head

Carpenter bee on caryopteris 9-2-21 - lr

Carpenter bee on Caryopteris

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

7373 - Walter - as a Bee - lr

Thanks for buzzing around the yard with me today.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the bees we have visiting our yard right now.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Last week Millie showed you all some of the snakes we have in our yard and today I want to show you some of the beautiful butterflies we have.

6813 - Walter laying in grass - lr

I love watching all the butterflies in our perennial garden.

Our perennial garden is a butterfly paradise. We have all shapes and sizes. First lets look at one of the smallest.

Silver spotted skipper on clematis flower 8-4-21 - lr

Silver Spotted Skipper on Clematis

The next largest is the cabbage butterfly. On any given day we can have at least a dozen of them flitting from one flower to the next.

Cabbage butterfly on lythrum 7-16-21 - lr

Cabbage Butterfly on Lythrum

The Painted Lady is slightly larger than the Cabbage butterfly and this one had some company while it worked on one of our cone flowers.

Painted lady and skiippers on coneflower 8-3-21 - lr

Painted Lady butterfly and Zabulon skippers on Pink Coneflower

Those skippers are actually smaller than the silver spotted skipper I showed you first. It was nice of the painted lady to share the coneflower with them.

Last but not least is our largest butterfly appropriately named the Giant Swallowtail.

Giant swallowtail on agastache 7-25-21 - lr

Giant Swallowtail on Agastache

The Giant Swallowtail looks very different on the top than it does on the underside. You get a good look at what the top side looks like in the above picture. The back lighting lets the top kind of shine through. They are mostly black with lines of yellow on top while the underside has a yellow background with a multicolored pattern like you see in the picture below.

Giant swallowtail on clematis 8-19-21 - lr

Giant Swallowtail on Clematis

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the butterflies we have visiting our yard this year. Next week we might show you some different ones so stay tuned.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Today I want to introduce you to some of our slithering friends around our yard.

Millie on the patio 7-19-21 - lr

My best imitation of a snake

It’s been too hot to spend much time outside lately but we enjoy watching our garter snake friends when we can. I like to try to sniff them but mom always calls me off before they can strike at my nose. Don’t worry they are basically harmless and probably wouldn’t even connect if they tried to strike me.

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A couple of different colored garter snakes.

We’re lucky to live in an area where there are no poisonous snakes.

6691 - Colorful Snake on ground - lr

This snake has beautiful markings

Our snakes spend the night under the upper (raised) portion of our patio. In the morning they make there way out. Sometimes we can see them just sticking their heads out of a crack under the steps.

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This snake always comes out near the down spout.

The same snake that you see above always comes out near the down spout and makes its way across the lower patio to some vegetation to hang out for the day. Here is a video that shows the snake making its way.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

6752 - Snake moving under door - lr

Always watch your step going in our out of the garage.

Here is a wide view of the snake’s path.

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(Click on the image to make it bigger)

Occasionally the snake will hang out under the bench in the above picture.

Backyard garter snake 7-16-21 - lr

All curled up under the bench

Backyard garter snake 7-19-21 - lr

Maybe I should save this picture for Selfie Sunday.

These snakes do a great job of keeping small pests away from the house. They like to eat slugs which is great for the hosta on the patio. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our snakes today.

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