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Feeling Like Fall

Cotton

The garden is chock-full of weeds but there are always still many wonderful things to find even in an extremely neglected garden.

What can we find in here?

Favorite!!!

Monarchs are so special; their delicate butterfly-ness coupled with a crazy long distance migration, their turquoise and gold-spotted chrysalises, etc., etc. So when we saw a bunch (I think 8 total) we decided to try and raise a few to watch them closely.

Plenty of milkweed for eating!

And…

GAHHhhh!!! One already turned into a cocoon!

This picture is not the best but not to worry: when the other two turn into chrysalises, I plan on gently removing this top piece and taking approximately 735 photos of them with varied lightings and backgrounds. Babyzilla also wanted in on the action but chose a:

Tomato Hornworm

And named it “Wilbert”.

These turn into Sphinx moths

Wilbert hasn’t been cared for quite as carefully as the monarchs. (e.g. I stepped on him when he was crawling across the living room floor). Fortunately I have high arches and he was not crushed. That was a few days ago and he is still munching away at tomatoes/tomato leaves in a glass container. Outside.

Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, the Spy’s football team played their biggest rival (last year they lost to them twice, though it was very close) and they won 12-6!!

Football boy

Going,

Going,

Gone!

80 yard run after an interception! He also scored the second touchdown!

So happy!

And the 6th grade team has their own 6th grade cheerleaders; so cute

Winners of “The Battle of 109”!

‘Zilla has been working on her equestrian skills.

Learning to hold the reins

Our friend’s new horse, Peter

Horsie hug

Watch and learn, Peter! (He hasn’t been broken yet but seems quite eager)

Nice form!

Learning to steer

Yay!

We’ve also been crafting a little and channelled the 90s with some puffy paint:

And some homemade Gak. I was not involved with this one. haha

Close?

Little bouquet

Bunny tootsies

Stick bug

Moon…

Flower

Cotton Ball (I assume the cotton will pop out of this)

Tomato “Copia”

Lambs quarter turning pink

And note the fall light; its like the perfect photography studio!

Thank you for visiting and hope you all are enjoying the first bit of fall!

Early July in Spy Garden

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Boom!

Boom!

Sparklers are my favorite

Sparklers are my favorite

Pre-fireworks entertainment

Pre-fireworks entertainment (me and my dad juggling)

Waiting for dark to start the fireworks!

Waiting for dark to start the fireworks!

We had a great visit; Nana & Pop! See you soon!!!

We had a great visit; Nana & Pop! See you soon!!!

Onion seed pod

Onion seed pod

So many scapes!

So many scapes!

Two peas in a pod these two

Two peas in a pod these two

Echinacea

Echinacea

What's this?!

What’s this?!

A...

A…

Mushroom!

Mushroom!

Bunny

Bunny

Trying to sneak up on a bunny

Trying to sneak up on a bunny

Zinnea

Zinnea

In the garden looking up towards the house

In the garden looking up towards the house

Echinacea

Echinacea

Cardinal

Cardinal

One of the smaller snakes

One of the smaller snakes

They seem pretty used to us; we got quite close to this one!

They seem pretty used to us; we got quite close to this one!

This wildflower reminds me of dogwood

This wildflower reminds me of dogwood

Ahhhhh I love the forest

Ahhhhh I love the forest

Weeeeee

Weeeeee

Flowers to go into the flower press

Flowers to go into the flower press

A pressed flower (pressed into some paint!)

A pressed flower (pressed into some paint!)

Painting

Painting

Mixed media

Mixed media

Wildflower

Wildflower

Beading

Beading

Demonstrating how tall the dill is (and how to mix prints)

Demonstrating how tall the dill is (and how to mix prints)

So many details on this little pansy

So many details on this little pansy

Running

Running

Happy Fourth of July! Hope you all are having a great summer!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

February sunrise

February sunrise

A perfect February cover of Missouri Conservationist

A perfect February cover of Missouri Conservationist

The Spy's valentines for his classmates

The Spy’s valentines for his classmates

You Rock!

You Rock!

Microgreen (grown indoors!)

Microgreen (grown indoors!)

Perfect February colors!

Perfect February colors!

Baby's first time ice skating

Baby’s first time ice skating

Second time ice skating (his first time was about 5 years ago!)

Second time ice skating (his first time was about 5 years ago!)

Dexie says happy Valentines day!

Dexie says happy Valentines day!

Last year's valentine hahaha

Last year’s valentine hahaha

New swimwear! (trying it on over her clothes cause it's cold out!)

New swimwear! (trying it on over her clothes cause it’s cold out!)

Another old valentine (2013?)

Another old valentine (2013?)

Moss

Moss

Horse track

Horse track

Pink clouds

Pink clouds

Visiting the llamas (and alpacas)

Visiting the llamas (and alpacas)

Alpaca

Alpaca

I like the fur on this one

I like the color of fur on this one

Easter Bunny Llama haha

Easter Bunny Llama haha

This one looks like a camel

This one looks like a camel

Llamas

Llamas

Alpacas

Alpacas

This one's name is Buddy

This one’s name is Buddy

Alpaca

Alpaca

Snowflakes on a log

Snowflakes on a log

Moss dusted with snow

Moss dusted with snow

Happy Valentine’s Day!