It's Sunday again, so here is another selection from my milkweed collection and more memories of my amazement.
I start with an iPhone overview of location #2, midday in early September, 2013:
BEFORE YOU LOOK AT THE NEXT THREE PHOTOS, TRY TO SEE A VISITOR ON THE PLANT! HOW GLAD I AM I TOOK TIME TO MAKE THIS PHOTO (even though the midday light is rarely the best) BECAUSE I WOULD NOT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN LOOKING CLOSELY AT THE PLANT TO SEE WHAT WAITED FOR ME -- the unexpected! And it is also true I might have not gotten into the habit of looking, looking, looking from then on, taking a chance each time for wonder.
I was so taken by the frog that I went back that very evening to see if it was still there. I was rewarded by seeing another visitor, plus the frog had moved -- to the leaf just below where it had been before:
|I love the frog's shadow through the leaf. I think he or she thinks I can't see any frogs, thanks to their turning to green. In any case, there is no attempt to escape.|
|The seed pods are beginning their autumn voyage from green to gray.|
Five days later, I start seeing more milkweed bugs. I still am not sure if they help with things or if too many of them damage the plant. Again, my lack of biology training slows me down a bit. I suspect an overabundance of them means trouble for the plant, and, were there monarch butterfly eggs, definitely trouble for the monarchs.
|I loved seeing this spider returned and still at work. I hope it is not one of the spiders that eat butterfly eggs....|
About ten days later, I discovered LOCATION #3 along the road on the way to town -- with an actual place across from these several plants where I could pull the car off the road. I found wonders here, too, but I will wait until next week (part 4 of 5) to show more than this single photo from there. Of course I had been driving by this place all summer without paying full attention. I am so grateful I finally came to my senses....so to speak.
So, for now, Hey, good lookin' -- to you all.