Coming Out for a Look See

There was lots of webbing between the long pointy leaves of the yucca plant.  I took a dried leaf and gently poked at the web. The little fellow pictured below showed himself. He wouldn’t come out any further though. Pity. I wanted to see him closer.

This is How a Bee Approaches a Passionfruit Flower

A passionfruit flower looks like an alien landing pad (see Passionfruit Flowers). As a human, it was hard for me to look away from these unbelievable constructions. The bee, pictured below, also seemed hypnotized. The flower led it, via the purple-to-white-to-deep purple spokes, to its center. A central stalk suspends shower head-looking appendages containing pollen. […]

Passionfruit Orb with Corkscrew

I spied this wonderful egg-like fruit in the vine that has overtaken a small tree in the area between the sidewalk and the curb. The color changes seamlessly from blue-green to yellow, at its south pole. There were many flowers and other fruits on this massive creeper, which I will show in subsequent posts.

Rejuvenated Lemon Tree

A couple of years ago, the lemon tree in the back yard had to be pruned back. It was: to the stump!  Now it’s back, courtesy of a side branch or two that emanated from ground level. It is about 15-20 feet tall now and is well armed with thorns that will go through your […]

Dragonfly Mugging for the Camera

When I first saw this flying object in the back yard, I thought it was a hummingbird, a red-headed hummingbird. It alit on a plant on the porch and I noticed the four wings and realized it was a dragonfly.  I went out to get a closer look. I approached slowly. It flew away a […]