The underbelly of the female Black Widow Spider. Even though I’ve never seen one, I knew immediately what it was. Pretty shocking that this was my first sighting. I was skimming our recently uncovered pool and this was one of the floating victims I caught in my net.
I’m not a fan of Spiders and this one was especially creepy. Having venom 15 times more potent than that of a Rattlesnake I’ll have to say I’m glad to not be bitten!
Incredible vintage Black Coat with Rhinestone Buttons and matching Dress.
This is a set from the 1950s Thalhimers French Salon. A place where one would go and be shown fashions while you comfortably sat in a plush chair. You would pick out what u wanted and it would be custom made to your size.
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Can’t u just see this as part as your Wedding Trousseau. So lovely.
There was a lot of bird activity on Forsythia Hill today.
This is a sweet little repeat visitor to my Suet Feeder, the female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).
In the bird world, many of the females are not as brilliantly colored as the males. The male Downy has a red spot on the back of his head.
Hat, purse, glove, and dress modeling session yesterday. Dominique was so lovely as were the 50s - 70s clothes.
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These Guinea Hen Fowl have the freakiest looking faces on a hen I’ve ever seen. I finally got to see one up close and personal. They are so COOL.
Their little red hanging downy gelatinous waddle thingie looks like a floppy red plane propeller and it gets twirling around anytime they peck.
Their feathers shimmer a beautiful black blue in the sunlight. They were pecking and scampering so fast it was really hard to get any sort of clear shot. This is the best I could snag.
Cute refurbished vintage Wine Rack
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Morning sunrise over Virginia - snapped this when letting the chickens out of their coop this a.m.
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I believe that finally the lovely Canada Geese have flown away for the winter. I’ll so miss them flying in a “V” each evening.
Sandy has made them move on for sure… this photo was taken last weekend when it was oh so SUNNY at the pond near Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sandy has finally made it here — raining heavy and steady, a little breezy.
The Turkey Vulture, in olden days called a Buzzard but this is a bird quite different than an actual Buzzard found in Europe. You will be surprised to find that Vultures were reclassified as being a member of the Stork family! There are only 2 species in Virginia, the Black and the Turkey.
I captured this massive adult Turkey Vulture in flight, having a reported 6’ wingspan. Technically, Vultures are not Raptors because they usually scavenge for their food.
From the look of it, this second photo is an immature Turkey Vulture that was with his Red Headed buddies polishing off lunch. Their head turns red as they mature. Check out the white fluff feathers near the rear.
At least the poor Deer fed another animal. It is a common sight sadly on the road near my house. Such is nature.
From what I can conclude this is an Yellow Garden Spider Orb Weaver or Barn Spider that loves to catch insect pests (Spiders eat Stinkbugs). Orb Weavers create circular / spiral webs and this appears to be a female as she is 1” (males are much smaller).
I’m not a big fan of Spiders inside my house and of all the creatures they scare me the most… but, this beautiful Garden Spider when to a lot of trouble to create this beautiful web and was minding his own business hanging out this morning in the dewy mist. She is safe on Forsythia Hill.
This sweet little 2” native Painted Lady Butterfly is right out my back door along with several others. Obviously they like my common Yellow Black Eyed Susan.
You can see every little “dot” that composes the antennae and the transparency of the delicate brilliant orange wings is just lovely - fascinating.
Two flew inside and I luckily got them back out before snoopy, punchy, and grabby saw them (my 3 cats that just LOVE to munch on BUGS).
Nothing like your cat pointing out a Ratsnake in your basement for ya just as the electricity goes out in the middle of a huge storm! We found this lovely non-venomous snake Friday and calmly slide it into a square Tidy Cat litter bucket with a towel. It easily allowed us to relocate it but apparently was scared and left a “temporary” skunk like smell behind!
Snakes are so beneficial they should never be killed. Just never handle them even if not poisonous, they can still leave a stinging bite!
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