Monday, August 22, 2011

Where the wild things are...

The other evening I was out taking a walk with lil Sara along the road in front of our property...Going no where special just enjoying the cool breeze that could be a promise or could be a tease that fall is on it's way...As we reached the northern driveway that leads to the family cemetery (yes we really do have one of our own)...I was delighted to see some passion flowers that had not yet closed for the night...These vines grow under the power lines in the old fence line amongst all the bramble so we know they are courtesy of the birds.

So as fast as a 3yr old wearing flip-flops on the wrong feet can, we ran back to the house for my "big camera" (Nikon 990)..Due to the fading light as the sun was trying to sink behind the trees, I switch my menu settings, light meter to "cloudy"..my focus to "Spot" and then hit the macro setting on the quick buttons and turned off the flash....These were the results.

I included a couple of other sweet wild flowers that were growing close by in the ditch..

Can anyone tell me what kinda caterpillar this is?
And please don't say Orange Spiked Punk like someone I will not mention already has lol.

Not sure if I am brave enough to try eating the fruit as they do not seem to change color, just fall from the vine large and green and then rot into the ground...I would however like to transplant some along my back garden fence because they are truly gorgeous flowers.

Blessings Kelsie

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13 comments:

allisamazing said...

The flowers are beautiful. Sorry I can't help you with the caterpillar.

rosie said...

Kelsie, those photos are amazing.. I have a new camera and have yet to learn all the dials etc!! I would be very happy to be able to take photos like yours..xx

Beth said...

Oh, Kelsie, the passion flowers are just stunning! Thanks for sharing them and good luck with moving some to your garden.
Blessings, Beth

sawn48 said...

The closest I could find was a bristle worm, but not a lot of information on it and no real good picture.Only a drawing.Not sure if that's right though, since it is suppose to live around water and eats dead wood. As for the passion flower, they grow wild in our fields here, and I brought a few to the yard, and they pop up new plants everywhere.I assumed they were from the roots of the mother plant, but they could be from seeds.They do make an egg shaped seed pod when the season is over.

Carol said...

I love the passion vine flowers! Mine didn't do as well this year ...but then most of my gardens didn't so I"m not surprised. They do tend to be invasive and they spread the fastest by root growth. I have them popping up all over the yard but we just mow them down.
Have no clue on the caterpillar.

Donna Heber said...

Kelsie,

Your photos and Passion flower are exquisite! I wish I knew what type of caterpillar you had, but I don't. Good luck with your transplanting.

Sandy said...

The caterpillar, well I just don't know his name but sometimes I wish I could banish all of them from my yard... I have a Wildlife Habitat and can not use any sprays,,, so the little buggers eat everything..lol
Very nice post
Sandy

Darla said...

Shame, shame making Lil Sara wear her shoes on the wrong feet, lol. Lovely photos.

Kendra at New Life On A Homestead said...

I agree with the others. Gorgeous photos!

Racquel said...

I love Passionvine Flowers, their exotically beautiful. :)

Jean said...

I'm sure glad you went back for your camera! Amazing photos!

Beth said...

Nature is amazing - if something has to "go wild" why not have it be a Passion Flower? Wonderful!

dkshopgirl said...

wow - i'm in awe of the purple passion flower. i thought it may have been a granadilla - my gran used to grow granadillas and the flowers were very exotic too, - nice memories. thanks for sharing it tonight.