Small Postman butterfly

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on March 19, 2014

I went to the Rosine Smith Sammons butterfly house and insectarium and got a picture of a Small Postman (Heliconius erato) from Central America.

Small Postman butterfly

Small Postman butterfly

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Monarch Butterfly

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on October 3, 2012

I got a chance to photograph the underside of a monarch.  It was clinging to a grass stem.

monarch butterfly

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Turtle

April 30, 2012

This turtle wandered up from the pond to the lawn, where it seems to be trying to see over the grass. I haven’t seen a turtle up by the house before, as they tend to stay down where the water is.

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Aging Tulip

March 29, 2012

This tulip is dropping its petals. The flower has a kind of grace and a shabby, once elegant look.

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Variegated Orange Tulip

March 6, 2012

This orange tulip has an unusual variegated pattern. It is growing in the Heritage Garden of Hunt County.

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Red Tulip

March 4, 2012

This slightly weather beaten tulip grows in the Heritage Garden of Hunt County.

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The taming of the shrew

February 27, 2012

My puppy caught this unfortunate shrew this morning. I am not sure what type of shrew it is, as the poor thing was rather thoroughly slobbered on. However, it is from Hunt County, Texas.

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Raptors at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

January 29, 2012

I do not usually take pictures of captive animals, but went to Eagle Fest in Rains County yesterday. Blackland Prairie Raptor Center had some birds there that, because of injuries or imprinting on humans, could not be released into the wild.  Here are some pictures of the birds they brought.   Amazon.com Widgets

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Embroidered Heraldic Lion

January 16, 2012

Sometimes I do embroidery. This is a heraldic lion I did on a pillow I take camping.

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Pythian Knight in Weatherford, Texas

December 29, 2011

If you are driving around the square in Weatherford, Texas, you will see an odd sight.  There is a building that has the battlements around the top of it, and a suit of armor in a niche in the wall.  This is the meeting place of the local Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization.  It […]

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