After what has been a firecracker of a month with all manner activity including significant positives as well as negatives, the last day of July 2011 closed on somewhat of a high note. During the overnight hours I set up with the hope of catching a meteor or two emanating from one of several showers that had been ongoing but no such luck. The end result of a few hour long star trail tracks was still worth the effort.
The following morning I went for a walk and was able to come home with a few new additions for the portfolio including this Common Buckeye.
Ebony Jewelwing - Couldn't decide which I liked best so I just put up both, you decide...
Entrails of insect larvae boring into wood. Roughly the size of spaghetti.
Blue Faced Meadowhawk which is a new one. I almost got close enough with the macro lens but it decided to play difficult and go high. Tough shot as I had the tripod fully extended to head height and was at 300mm. Shade didn't help things either but I'm happy with the result knowing what I had to go through lol.
Hatchling Brown Snake (DeKay's), measured length 2.5"
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail... and my first decent capture of this common species.