Rattler

Last Sunday, a rather large Western diamondback rattlesnake was captured in a neighbor’s shed. The man who caught the snake is well known in our area. Having the skills to safely capture and relocate snakes found near houses, he’s quite a celebrity. He sent an invitation to come see the rattler (the largest he ever captured) and to listen to some facts about these reptiles. Displayed in a large transparent crate, the snake was quite nervous. What a sight!

Sucker

As we were inspecting our small veggie patch Thursday morning, a large caterpillar surprised us. Its green color is so close to the color of the stem this beauty was on, it would have been easy not to spot the to-be-winged critter. But the caterpillar moved, revealing its location. I had never seen such a big member of Lepidoptera. The patterns adorning its skin are wonderful.

Unfortunately, we could not leave this Carolina Sphinx Moth caterpillar on our vegetable plants. There are many other plans to sip sap from… So I moved the bug to a table, lit by the Sunlight filtering through tree leaves and snapped a couple of pictures.

Since this voracious sucker was so busy working on the Jalapeño leaf, I figured it would not mind posing for a minute on a pink cardboard box providing a nice background for another “caterpillar portrait”.

Alien Dust

A large cloud of dust from the Sahara desert has traveled over the Atlantic ocean to America and has been moving over Texas since Friday late in the afternoon. This “plume” of dust definitely changes the light, diffusing it when it should be direct contrasty sunlight. Clouds had no contrast. It is said such an event hasn’t occurred here for the past 50 years. Quite a sight!