Cone flowers as Bait

The wildflower area behind our house is loaded with wildflowers, and the wildflowers are loaded with insects.  I swear, the flowers “sounded” different today.  It sounds like August.  There’s more buzzing, more cicada-like sounds, and much more insect activity.   Ewww.  So I took pictures.

There are lots of purple cone flowers, beautiful by themselves:

But I’m starting to see them as bait for these little guys…a monarch butterfly:

…a red admiral butterfly:

And remember the tiger swallowtail from a week or two ago?

Even the soldier beetles want to get into the action:

Okay, I promise to have something sewing related soon.

–Sue

Updated Stuff

You would think I could come up with a better post title than that, but I think the heat has gotten to my brain.  So, some updates:

  • If you are in the Prior Lake Quilt Guild and have been looking for the updated info on August’s meeting, it’s finally there!  Click on the pink PLQ button in the right-hand column to get there.
  • New book club book for August:  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See.
  • Pam B and I will be judging a county fair tomorrow — quilts, and pretty much all needlecraft except clothing.  It’s a lot of fun, and we’re praying for cool weather.

I feel like I lost a week because we had some painting done last week, and all I’ve been doing is moving stuff.  Cleaning.  Moving stuff.  Looking for stuff.  Moving stuff back.  Looking for other stuff.  Arghhh!  I sure haven’t been sewing.  Maybe after tomorrow…

–Sue

Macro Monday

I’ve seen “Macro Mondays” on a number of other blogs that enjoy sharing their photography, and I’ve wanted to add it to my blog.  I’ve hesitated because I usually participate in “Design Wall Mondays” with Judy Laquidara.

So I’ve figured out there’s no law against doing them both.

A honeybee busily gathering pollen from a cone flower.

–Sue

p.s.  In case you haven’t heard the term macrophotography, or you aren’t sure what it’s all about, it’s really simple.  It’s close-up photography of usually very small objects.  In the photograph, the object will appear larger than life size.  The bee above was only about 1/2″ long.

by Sue Hecker — Maker, Traveler, Photographer, Mother & Wife, Lover of Life