I was out communing with the insects at Silver Falls State Park this last weekend. I snapped a picture of this Alderfly hanging out by the pool. He/she is about 3/4 inch long. Of course, I had to have a little fun with the color scheme.

unknown black bug--2unknown black bug--3Alderfly-colorized




Pacific Tree Frog

The Pacific Tree Frog is Washington’s State Amphibian. I have one to many thousands of them singing or chorusing near my house on many an evening, even in winter. I love it! This little guy is barely more than an inch long. I photographed him inside a 5 gallon bucket, but I thought a path at the Chinese Garden was better frog shui.

Tree frog --2

The Buzz on Basket Weaving

Shot this through my living room window yesterday morning.

Paper Wasp-Coincidentally, I learned while watching Antique Roadshow last night that in many cultures this wasp is a symbol of “new beginnings.” I was down with the flu all of last week, so I am ready for a new beginning!