Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's like watching a pot and wanting it to boil

Wanting spring and summer so bad... Posting pics from last summer won't get them here sooner, but I can live vicariously through the shots. Right?

Below is a pic of an Easter Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. Pretty common around here.. Virginia's state insect, in fact.
It's feasting on a butterfly bush which planted itself from seed. Every bush I've purposely tried to plant has failed, but this one grows to over seven feet high each summer. sigh...

You can also see the photo here...

July 2013 020 by Cozytailmom on deviantART

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Too Soon?

A toast... to spring!  Yeeaahh! 
- Can't find any other info about this artist, Kristine Nora, except a link to her Twitter page. Follow her and maybe she'll announce work for sale. Or maybe this is her only painting and it happens to be awesome. I don't know...

I only took about 25,000 pictures of the first crocus to emerge in this 60 degree weather. Woot!
Hmmm Always issues with the cropping and that durn Instagram. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Charming Bee Charms

Several years ago I became aware of this creative and talented artist, Amanda Spayd, through a soap forum we both frequented. I have enjoyed watching her career blossom from a corporate graphic artist to a successful indie toy maker. I girl-crush her because I wish I had a teensy bit of her talent.

Again... as soon as I'm rolling in wealth, I plan to purchase some of her art. In the meantime, I might be able to shake out the couch cushions for enough to purchase one of her enchanting bee charms which will be available soon.

Check out her website to view some of her truly unique masterpieces and follow her on Twitter so you'll know when she has a sale running. She keeps nothing in stock.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bee Whimsical

I love this artist, Roz. Her work features everything I love: bees, owls, chickens, simple living, etc...
As I always say... "as soon as I have some money..." sigh

Enjoy! The above painting has been sold, but she does commissioned work, so maybe she would do something similar on request.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

No Really, It's Real. Who Knew? Oh... Maybe Everyone

I often wonder how I can be nearly 40 and unaware of things that everyone else seems to have known about for ages. Of course I've seen the cover of "The Silence of the Lambs." I've seen the creepy skull-backed moth across Clarice's mouth, but I had no idea the moth was real.
In case there is anyone else out there as clueless as myself, it's called a death's-head hawk-moth.


The death's-head hawk-moth is a rare species whose primary habitat is southern Europe and Asia. Many feel its arrival is the harbinger of bad news or even death. Eep!

I was made aware of them after seeing this tweet by Tristan Reid. I loved the look of the caterpillar and that ridiculous head. I assumed the caterpillar earned the name because it used its spiky bulbous head for combat or something. Ha! So, I had to research 'cause I can't just stay stupid.

Apparently the photographer of the above tweet is Igor Siwanowicz.

Here is an image of the adult moth. Wow!

Cause I'm an English teacher:
"Butterfly Conservation." Meet The Death's-head Hawk-moth. Butterfly Conservation: Company, 10 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.
"Death's-head Hawkmoth." Wikipedia.com. Wikimedia Foundation, 3 Dec. 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Paper Butterflies

I just love this delicate photograph. The butterfly looks like an antique pressed flower.

Visit the artist's Etsy page to see the rest of her photography.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

You Need to Know that This Exists

A panda ant! Euspinolia militaris

Apparently the panda ant is not an ant at all but a type of wasp with a nasty sting. Still, you can love from a distance.

Photo by: Dr Sarah Jensen

Follow this link for more photos and some extra info:
This Panda Ant Will BAMBOOzle You With Its True Identity

'Cause I'm an English teacher:
B, Carly. "This Panda Ant Will BAMBOOzle You With Its True Identity." The Featured Creature. Disqus, 4 Sept. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Love This Artist. ..and you will too.

If you've read any of my blogs, you'll know that I post most of my photos to a Deviant Art account. Based on other art I have previously "Favorited," I was referred to the super talented Nadav Bagin.
First, I was drawn to his Wonderland series which consists of sweet insect art set in magical habitats, but then I found his landscape and digital art to be every bit as fantastic and mesmerizing. Here is a short video of him discussing his art.

Go there! Look at it all. It's beautiful.

Tickle Me by AimishBoy on deviantART

You Can Appreciate a Tidy Girl

..at the very least.

Sure, many find black widows to be less than adorable, but after many, many encounters with them in the wild, and in my garage, I have found them to be quite intriguing. They avoid human contact as much as they reasonable can. I could tell you many tales of the widows that run from me while I try to get close enough for a clear photo.

Apparently, they are also good for reducing the cicada population. These pics were taken last summer during our cicada mini-plague.


A Widow Prepares Her Lonely Supper by Cozytailmom on deviantART

A Tidy Girl by Cozytailmom on deviantART

Photos by Christie Acker. Prints available on Deviant Art.

Tummy Time

Definitely not my best shot, but it was taken through the filthy storm door. I couldn't risk opening it and scaring the luna away.
Just look at that fuzzy tummy.

actias luna

Photo by Christie Acker. Print available at Deviant Art.