Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

“The gypsy moth, native to Europe and Asia, is an invasive moth that defoliates hundreds of acres of forests from New England west to Michigan and south to Virginia, and also on the west coast from California to British Columbia. It was introduced to the United States in 1869 when French artist, astronomer, and amateur entomologist Leopold Trouvelot imported some eggs of this species to Medford, Massachusetts, with the idea of breeding a silk-spinning caterpillar that was more resistant to disease than the domesticated silkworm. Unfortunately, the caterpillars escaped into his backyard. About 10 years later, they began to appear in large swarms, and by the late 1880s they were causing severe defoliation in the area.” To read more click here

Flower Friday: Peony

“Peonies are native to China. They are highly valued there, and are often referred to as the “king of flowers”. They were the national flower prior to 1929, when they were replaced by the plum tree. Peonies have been popular in China since the Sui dynasty. During the Sui and Tang dynasties they were planted at the Imperial Palace. Because of this, peony symbolism also includes nobility, honor, and wealth. One of the most popular cities in China to see peonies is Luoyang, which is sometimes referred to as the City of Peony. It houses the National Peony Garden, which has over 100 different kinds of peonies and hosts an annual peony festival.” [Source]

Throwback Tuesday: White-tailed Buck

This photo was taken in June of 2014. I was out for an afternoon photo walk and spotted this young white-tailed buck grazing on the local vegetation. Surprisingly, my presence didn’t seem to bother him which allowed me to get a few shots. Unfortunately, a passing car honked its horn and ruined the moment. In a matter of seconds he bounded off and then disappeared into the woods.

Sunday Morning Sermon

“There is a story of a religious teacher who used to talk every morning to his disciples. One morning he got on to the platform and was just about to begin when a little bird came and sat on the window sill and began to sing, and sang away with full heart. Then it stopped and flew away and the teacher said,`The sermon for this morning is over’.” –J. Krishnamurti

Ecosystems

Ecosystems ©Jackie Brooks“The great ecosystems are like complex tapestries–a million complicated threads, interwoven, make up the whole picture. Nature can cope with small rents in the fabric; it can even, after time, cope with major disasters like floods, fires, and earthquakes. What nature cannot cope with is steady undermining by the activities of man.” –Gerald Durrell

Flags of Nature

“The forests are the flags of Nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united and peaceful world.” –Enos A. Mills