Thursday, June 22, 2017

Putting An Ecosystem Back Together = Diverse Life = Endless Inspiration

Friends, it's so wild and crazy here in many ways (plant nursery, vegetable garden, homesteading projects, soil consulting, etc.) and is why I've not taken time to sit down and write, but what's important to share is the multitudinous life now calling this 3.5 acres home.

We logically comprehend what happens when an ecosystem that grew together for millenia is put back together, but to witness it happen - so quickly - is way beyond what we expected and even dreamed. Here's a quick glimpse at some very recent sightings, all on this little patch of ground we call home with a backlog of videos tucked in here and there.

Happy Summer!

Golden-backed Snipe Flies on woodland/grassland trail:

Bristly Cutworm Moth found under some pots I used:

Gray Treefrog on Cup Plant:

Carolina Buckthorn in bloom:

Monarch Caterpillar on Common Milkweed:

American Bullfrog:

American Toads:

Painted Turtle:

Crazy-colored Green Frog:

Twelve-spotted Skimmer:

Staghorn Sumac in full bloom (a pollinator favorite, for sure):

Foxglove Beardtongue in full bloom (another pollinator favorite):

Dogwood in bloom (ID confirmation as soon as it sets fruit) with Spring Azure nectaring:


American Woodcock juvenile (we flushed Mama on our nature trail and found this little fluff ball):

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar (2nd/3rd instar) on Tulip Poplar:

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar (5th instar) on Tulip Poplar:

American Carrion Beetle and Garden Carrion Beetle on dead Garter Snake (from our basement...poor bugger):

We seek wilderness like fish to water because it's our heart and we love to venture out into this big, beautiful world, but find creating wilderness on our homeland makes access a little easier and a lot more frequent. 😃


  1. Super! You have done so much in such a short time.

    1. We have to put together a retrospective. Steve pulled up some of our old photos from here, which you are right - wasn't that long ago - and we about flipped out!

  2. Your photos are outstanding. Share when you can, I enjoy so much.

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy. We are so grateful for this beautiful life around us and amongst us. :)

  3. As usual, you guys are so inspiring. Keep it up! I really enjoy the videos you have been doing. Thank you for what you are doing.

    1. Thanks so much lady...for your kind thoughts and for being one of the tribe of nature lovers. :) We are working on more!


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