Ladybug vs Asian Beetle

The ladybug and the Asian beetle look very much alike but there are some differences.

Ladybugs have a red color and a black head. The Asian beetles are more orangish red and have a white face.

If your home has been invaded by what you think could be a ladybugs chances are its actually the Asian beetles.

These beetles will bury inside of the roof of a dogs mouth. There was an article posted in December in the Houston Chronicle about this. I will enclose the link.

Asian Beetles in a dogs mouth

I took these pictures on Wednesday with my macro lens so they are still hanging around.

Look for the white head then you will know it is them. Some people say these beetles bite so beware.

Never let your eyes fool you what you think is a cute ladybug might be the evil twin in disguise.

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Coopers Hawk

The Cooper Hawks are stalking the birds in the clover in our pasture.

I caught two yesterday in a tree but one was gone by the time I got my camera so I was able to capture this one.

He let me get about 15′ from him before he flew away.

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Hawk Stalk

I saw this Hawk in the pasture stalking the birds I guess I was doing the same thing.

I figured by the time I grabbed my camera he would leave but he stayed for a few quick shots even though he saw me.

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Cows and Calves

I grabbed a few more pictures of the mama cows and the calves.

The first two pictures that baby is a week younger than the other one.

They are adorable always running and acting silly.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Often times, when I am looking outside, I see a quick flash of yellow fly by.

This is the Yellow-Rumped Warbler this one is a female that is a juvenile. Next year her colors will be even brighter yellow.

They are quite the little songbirds I love hearing them sing.

I was actually in the house and shooting out a closed window I am surprised they turned out this well. She was about 12′ from me. I was using the Canon 400mm lens.

Listening to all the bird’s songs is one of my favorite things to do. It makes me feel at peace.

Nature sounds are all around you just need to take a few minutes each day to enjoy it.

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The color of grass

In the pastures this time of year there are all these weird weeds and grass that come up.

We picked some to dry out when it was fuzzy and when it was not.

I played with the editing on the same picture to get 3 different versions.

The first is color, then cream tone, then black and white.

I think I prefer the color and the cream one the best.

Playing around with the editing is a lot of fun & it can really change up an image.

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Three cows and a baby

My brother n law moved these heifers back next door to us.

I figured it was because they were about to calf and it looks like I was right.

The first one had a calf a week ago and another had one this past Sunday I have not gotten pics of that one yet.

I hope to get more pics soon in the mud using my rubber boots to tromp across the pasture lol.

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Birdhouse perch

This bird was on the tall birdhouse in the backyard it was barely daylight and a cloudy morning so I could not see what kind of bird it was.

I started editing it and goofing around with textures it and I finally got the bird to show up.

It looks to me like it is a brown-headed cowbird.

Nature has this special innocence and beauty and I love trying to capture it.

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