Continuing from my Monday post about last week’s walks before and after photography session with summer campers at Howard County Conservancy’s Mt. Pleasant Farm….The areas around the nature center were easy enough to walk around and through several times. There were cone flowers in the Honors Garden that were very attractive to the tiger swallowtails and other butterflies.
There were flowers growing up through the rungs of a bench that survived the campers (they managed to sit on the bench and not the flowers!).
We saw a cicada killer resting on one of the benches too.
I liked the view of Queen Anne’s Lace from below. The campers decided it looked like a tree.
All cone flowers are not pink!
In the quiet one morning – before the campers were anywhere near – I saw a cat bird in the garden (only heard it when the campers were around)
And a butterfly was interested in the pickerel weed at the small pond
Where there was a water strider moving around on the surface of the water.
Somehow some plants look otherworldly to me – as if they are two unrelated things glommed together. This is an example!
There were also early instars of an insect (maybe milkweed bugs) on one of the plants.
In the Garden Club garden with the ‘Flower Pot People’ there were mating milkweed beetles
And several different instars of the milkweed bugs all on one plant!