Monday, July 10, 2017

Humpback Bridge in Covington, Virginia

These photos were taken in Covington, Virginia. I'd long heard of Humpback Bridge and always wanted to see it. Happened to pass it by chance on the way to West Virginia. Wonderful luck! It was a no brainer to take the very short detour to go see it when we saw the sign. 

This historic bridge is only one of a few handful of covered bridges remaining in Virginia. There is much graffiti inside dating back decades. This was a winter (February) visit, would love to see it in warmer weather.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Echinacea and coneflower growing beautifully this year

Echinacea, also referred to as coneflowers, grow beautifully in Virginia. I planted seeds last fall are now flowering. Here are some recent shots from June.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Boats at Jamestown Settlement, Virginia

Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum located next to the original place where the first permanent English settlers came to Virginia in 1607. As a part of the museum there are re-creations of the original three boats that made the four and a half trek across the Atlantic to land in America.

We visited in April. Thunderstorms poured heavily that day but the rain broke for just enough time to take a quick tour of the boats. My photos came out a little dark so these were lightened a bit.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bugs attracted to milkweed

I love when the milkweed begins to attract bugs. Every year I see insects I've never seen before. Here are some spotted in June 2017. The milkweed has buds but has not yet begun to bloom. Shouldn't be too long now though!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Various insects found in the garden

Continuing photos from recent scouting out in the back and front yards. Photos of creepy crawlies spotted.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spiders lurking in the garden

Been hunting out spiders and webs in recent weeks. Finding some neat ones lurking about. They seem to really love spinning webs between flower stems and the fence.

Spider on sunflower leaf

Spider and web

Another view of spider on sunflower leaf

Spider in the grass (this one was not taken at home)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bees and other critters buzzing in the garden

So thrilled to see so many bees returning this year. I was getting worried. Every day there are plenty of photo opportunities of different flying critters just in my own yard. Here are some from this past week.

I wish I knew what this bug is. It is a super tiny critter and I see them every year anywhere I go to take photos in Virginia. They seem to love the rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans) in my yard.

Honey bee lands on the rudbeckia.

Bumble bee on yellow flowers. I do not know what they are called but I believe they are one of the flowers considered to be native for Northern Virginia.  They spread like crazy, grow in both dry and flooded conditions and attract lots of flying critters. 

 Peek-a-boo bumble bee