Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Few Autumn Critters

A turtle making its getaway into the pond after coming ashore to grab scratch feed scattered along the edge. He or she had actually grabbed a large horse feed pellet in its mouth before hastily departing. (I wasn't quick enough with my cell phone.)
A few Whistlers along the fence in the background.
 Daddy Long-Legs or as I've learned it is called in Europe, the Harvester Spider.
 It's leg span was far larger than my hand.
 Farm Girl always asks about the Walking Sticks. Yes, they're here for fall.
 Such fascinating creatures.
 A Tree Frog clung to the house early one morning.
 Adorable webby feet and sticky toes. :)
 Another sure sign of autumn, Red Spider Lilies (Licoris Radiata.)
 
And my four pups, enjoying the wonderful fall weather.
Linking to Saturday's Critters

107 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, cool insects captures. The Walking Sticks are interesting. I love the cute frogs. The spider lilies are just beautiful. I had to go and look a second time for the Whistling Ducks. Nice shot of your dogs and home. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Mary Kirkland said...

I've always been fascinated with Walking Sticks. I've never seen one in person. Your pups are adorable.

Gosia k said...

your nature is fascinating and completely different from Polish one.... Your house looks fantastic...the shape is great

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fantásticas estas fotografias minha amiga.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.
Andarilhar

William Kendall said...

The pups make for great company.

Christine said...

Aren't the daddy long legs amazing creatures! I've never seen a walking stick insect before and find them fascinating too! Great critters!

matti juhani niilola said...

Hi. Really awesome photos. Bugs are truly stunning. Greetings.

Cloudia said...

I like your friends and your octagon house!

happywonderer.com said...

Wow. That tree frog is something else. Great shots. Cool house design...

S. J. Qualls said...

Great little creatures - and beautiful Spider Lilies! That is some spider ...

Did you put new siding and roof up?

Nice to see your pups are enjoying this good weather!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Nice insects! The Red Spider Lily have I never seen before. Very beautiful :)

Farm Girl said...

Thank you!! I was going to ask you when I saw the title of your post about walking sticks. You made my day. You know I always move for the wrong reasons but I would move to Texas just for the walking sticks. :)
They just make me laugh. I am so glad you got some pictures of them. I love all of the other things too. I wish I could have seen the turtle with a horse pellet in its mouth. Every thing looks so ready for fall now doesn't it? So once again thank you. :)

RedPat said...

Nice to get a glimpse of the whistlers! Love that frog and of course your 4 buddies! ;-))

bill burke said...

Impressive insect photos. The octagon house is unique.

Phil Slade said...

Great insects Tex. I especially like the walking stick. We don't have any near me, just the old folks' variety.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

That little frog is great,not sure about those spiders. Enjoy what remains of the weekend.

peter

carolina g. ticala said...

Great post!!! would you like to follow each other's blog dear? Please let me know, I am following you now.thank you :)

messymimi said...

A happy, healthy farm with lots of amazing critters!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

I always like to see stick insects hanging out on completely inappropriate, unstick-like surfaces.
And those spider lilies, wow!

Revrunner said...

I first photographed these lilies in a Colonial Williamsburg garden. Quite extraordinary.

Mildred said...

I love your pups enjoying a fall day! So cute. You had a lot of activity around your house to share for Saturday's Critters. The Walking Stick is fun to see.
Enjoy your evening.

Sandra said...

your home looks wonderful, your pack looks happy and content and I love that big old grand daddy long legs, super shot shows every detail. love cute sucky feet on the frogs...

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Great post and great zdjęcia.Lilie are beautiful.
Have a nice weekend.
Greetings from Polish autumn.
Lucja

magnoliasntea said...

Love the spier lilies and the turtle!
I opened my mailbox last week and stuck my hand right on a gdaddy longlegs before I saw it. Eek!

joeh said...

A little bit of everything...except goofy ducks.

Екатерина Балагурова said...

Very interesting creatures!!))

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, those are creatures that I don't care go come across except for the turtle!

LV said...

We were scared of the so called walking sticks when growing up. We were told they would spit in your eye. Never have liked either of these critters. Now, the spider lilies and doggies are just fine.

Inger said...

Love your critter photos. That treefrog is amazing. And your kids look so relaxed in the nice autumn weather.

Red said...

Now the Daddy long legs would really catch my attention. Our daddy long legs would be 1/4 that size.

Robin Lamb said...

T, lots of things going on at the Run-around! As usual! The dog must be relieved when the cooler weather arrives! That's probably warm, by our standards. It's currently 12C and we have a rainfall warning in effect! First Fall storm of the year! Power out all over the place!

Barb said...

I always love seeing what critters you find. I'm glad you're finally enjoying fall. Those spider lilies are beautiful.

Brian King said...

The little frog made me smile! I rarely see Daddy Long-legs, anymore. Not sure why. Uh, I've never thought of "hasty" and turtle in the same sentence. :-)

Melissa said...

Great captures! So many little creatures hiding in our midst. I forget about them until they show up like that.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Loved your critters.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I think I'm just city girl enough to not be very fond of bugs - but this is the way I like to see them - in photos! I do love your 4 dogs, though - that is a lot of dog!!!

Felicia said...

I like your variety of critters. those flowers are gorgeous. enjoy the cooler weather.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Oh, I love every one of these...including the spider.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh your pups are the cutest, and certainly know where the best resting spots are. I have the daddy long legs and the walking sticks and the pop up lilies...I'm calling FALL!!!

Annesphamily said...

Hello friend, it has been a long while since I stopped by. My mom always told me to never kill a Daddy Long Legs spider. I had one in my house not too long ago and I caught it on a sheet of paper and sent it out the door. I notice the spiders are heading indoors as the cooler weather moves in. Your photos are always so lovely and I think about you often and your beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing. I hope your weekend is wonderful.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Turtles can be fast when they want to be, can't they? I love the walking sticks - We see them here in the fall, and I wonder where they spend the rest of the season? And what Lilies, perfect for this time of year when things are starting to be drab!

Hope you and your pups are enjoying your weekend!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, I love the spider pics. Doesn't nature just amaze you at times? I mean, how, in the evolutionary process, did those spiders end up with legs so long? Neat picture of home too. Very cool. Hope you have an excellent weekend and thank you for all your kind comments on my blog.

Paul said...

Nice variety of Fall Critter pictures!

Looks like a happy crew in that last picture!

Barbara said...

Very cool! Great shot of the Daddy-Long-Legs!

Pietro Brosio said...

What a beautiful sequence of critter images!

Nancy J said...

I did like the stroll round your place, red lilies, beautiful, my pic'o'the'day.. 4 doggies in the shade. That is one to keep on the wall.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa - love the Daddy Long Legs, the Stick Insects ... and the other critters in your garden - the lilies are gorgeous ... while I'm glad 'your pups' are living their happy lives outside, while they can ... cheers Hilary

Midmarsh John said...

I didn't realise you had stick insects. Years ago I used to keep them in my classroom. The lily is beautiful.

Lynne said...

Great "Critter Collection" for Saturday's Critters . . .
I've always liked catching a glimpse or two of a Walking Stick . . .
Amazing little miracles all the critters in our world . . .
Fun post T . . .

Lynn said...

Happy Sunday-have a great day:@)

Jeevan said...

Ever seen such a long legged spider… pretty long for its small body! About walking sticks it’s really an amazing species and hard to believe it’s an insect, still. The really liked the warm light in the last pic and pups relaxing round.

Good shots

MarmePurl said...

The 'pups' are my favorite!

Ms. A said...

Loving the critter shots, the cool red spider lilies and I'm sure the pups are enjoying the cooler weather.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Theresa!:) Great captures of these fascinating creatures, all of which I would love to see up close and personal. Hubby and I did see some Stick insects this year, but had to go to Biological Gardens to do so, and they were not as large as this one. Lovely detailed photos of the Harvester Spider, and your gorgeous Spider Lilies, and I loved seeing your pups relaxing in the shade and the little tree frog.:)

Anvilcloud said...

That was a heckuva big daddy long legs.

Brk Trt said...

Well done Theresa.

Walking sticks are so cool. Those spiders are like some of the flies I tie.

Kirigalpoththa said...

very interesting critters

Debbie said...

these critters are not my favorites, they are not critters i would even bend over and photograph. they are critters i would run from!!!!

otherwise, fall looks beautiful and calm around the ranch...those "puppies" sure seem to be enjoying it!!!

and how wonderful to see you today!!!

Rita said...

The tree frog was my favorite, but they are all great! :)
Have a great week, Theresa!

Betty Manousos said...

i really like the photos of the insects. the octagon house is beautiful!
happy sunday, have a great week ahead. xoxo

Haddock said...

Like that picture of the pups enjoying the fall weather.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You DO have some interesting critters around your place. I've always liked the stick bugs. :) Looks like your dogs are really enjoying the approaching fall-ness.

nookworm said...

Critters of nature are winners for sure. How very wonderful that you have been able to capture these wonderful living creatures and flowers in your nearby world. Kudos to you!

Nancy Chan said...

I have not seen a Daddy Long-Legs spider nor a tree frog before but I have see the walking sticks a few time before. Pretty red spider lilies . Beautiful home and adorable pups.

Ela said...

Your critters are very beautiful !!
Great photos !
Happy Sunday !

Terry and Linda said...

I LOVE your photos! And those Red Spider lilies...I need to get some for myself!

Linda

don said...

An enjoyable series. Those insects are amazing. The fall colors are very pretty.

Liz said...

This looks idyllic, T!
Your 4 dogs seem to be enjoying Autumn.

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic view of things, your house is beautiful.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Such neat critters you have around! I love walking sticks but for some reason we don't see them up here anymore. They used to be around when I was little. Those flowers are gorgeous.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Nice set of insects, TWG. Those walking sticks will be around on the porch in W.V. I'll get pics if I get back there soon.

Your tree frog looks like he or she needs some bugs to fatten up!
~

Ruth Hiebert said...

Looking at that spider,I had to wonder if his legs ever ache, like mine do.That would be a lot of pain.LOL

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wonderful insects.. Wonderful world.. Cheers..

Lowcarb team member said...

Those walking sticks are different!
The Daddy Long-Legs / Harvester Spider sure do have long legs!

Really like the colour of the Licoris Radiata ... and lovely last photo, thanks for sharing.

All the best Jan

Maggid said...

beautiful home - happy looking pups - that "daddy long legs" photo is marvelous. Golly, a creature that looks like a stick . . amazing stuff, that's for sure. You find ways to make it fascinating , , thank you! love & love, -g-

SweetMarie said...

Love the pic of your pups enjoying your beautiful weather. Daddy long legs are the only spiders that I go out of the way to help. :) All your creatures are fascinating in their own way. Kyle just saved another Box turtle, this one was a female and our last one was a male. :) We just help them to safety in the direction that they're traveling. We read that if you relocate them that they will actually attempt to travel back to their home.
You and your fur babies have been on my mind...
hugs xoxo

Michelle said...

Your pups are so sweet. Love those spider lilies.

Ginny Garza said...

Great pictures! I'm not crazy about walking sticks at all. I guess because it's really hard to distinguish them from sticks. I'm not crazy about daddy long legs either, but liked the shadow that it cast. Beautiful flowers too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You have the best insects EVER! I love those walking sticks -- really they are amazing. I remember Daddy Long Legs from when I was a little girl in Podunk, Eastern Washington. (Dry and desert-like there, so I'm guessing maybe they don't like wetter climates like where we live now -- on both coasts). The pups look happy with the fall weather.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Wow, what a unique spider (with such a long legs) Daddy Long-Legs is☆☆☆ My husband proudly said that the "walking stick" is kind of "phasmids" ; from what I checked :-) They sure are first for me to see☆☆☆
I LOVE your four babies looking relaxed in front of your wonderful house; yes, I still DO wish to have a dog but no approval from hubby, haha.

ps, Thank you so much for remembering about the frames, I just remembered the give-away, not to whom♪

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Paula said...

Pretty pictures. Looks like you have a new tin roof on your house. Love to hear the rain on those.

Denise inVA said...

Great critters and pretty flowers. Thanks also for ID'ing my post on the bird. Much appreciated:)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, neat critters around, love the walking stick but the fur babies are my fav.Blessings Francine.

Sally said...

Great photos, T. I love the little green frogs I see around here. Well, it does look like fall where you live; not so much here yet.
:)

xoxo

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Cool walking stick! My boys keep hoping to find one outside, but so far haven't had the luck.

Rajesh said...

Interesting shots of critters.

Ron said...

"wasn't quick enough" with your cell phone. Hmmmm... LOL

Linda said...

Beautiful series of these fascinating creatures. I have never seen a walking stick...only in photos, but I find them fascinating. I hope you have a great Autumn, and thank you so much for sharing your photos. I really enjoyed this tour. :)

Our photos said...

Wow, this spider ! I have never seen this one before. Wonderful !

Pantherka said...

Interesting insects.

DJan said...

Yikes! 90 comments ahead of me. Oh, well, I've been busy. I love your critter pictures, and that walking stick is really a fine looking creature. :-)

Chelsey said...

I used to have a pet turtle, they're lovely creatures.

"e"Beth"e"Edwards"e" said...

very cool critters, i'm loving the red blooms so unique.. i believe i've seen them only in greenhouses or fancy gardens ( ;

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I've never seen the red spider lilies before, so we must not have them here. It's a pretty flower. The spider and walking sticks are here tho. :) Enjoyed seeing your cool house and the pups.

Bev said...

What great pictures!!

Lady Fi said...

Cute critters - but your pups are my favourite kind!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
You have lots of Autumn critters to enjoy.
Turtles too can become rather used to their humans.
Love those Walking Sticks.
And your spoiled pups that live there so happily with you.
Hugs,
Mariette

Crissi said...

Your nature is fascinating - super shots!

Small Kucing said...

I love these friendly creatures. They help me to garden

Ralph V. said...

That spider is cool. It is larger than our spiders here in Europe. We call them "trilspinnen" (vibrating spider)

Made by KKann said...

I like the "Langbein" - spider.

Grantham Lynn said...

Very fun post. I love the flower. Great bug shots! And of course I love the dogs. Nothing better than a good dog! Cept a good horse!
I came over to get your link because I actually have another fence for tomorrow.
Need a caption. You'll have to come over and check out this one!
Have a great party!

Karen S. said...

Greetings! Oh my goodness what a collection of fine critters today, especially the walking stick is it called? Marvelous captures each and every one!

Debby Ray said...

Great photos, Theresa! I haven't seen a walking stick for long time but they sure are cool little things. The other night when we were still "enjoying" Matthew, it was raining so hard, it looked as though it was raining these little frogs. I was driving at night in this rain and they were everywhere! I love your house :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Some interesting critters there - the walking stick is amazing! Love the spider flowers and your 4 buddies on guard duty!

Small City Scenes said...

I always like d dally-long-legs Spiders. so amazing as are all you Fall critters.
MB

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

You always share the coolest things!

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