The Yard – Part Four

We left off in the last post with an ant on a yellow flower . . . and so we pick up in this post. But, with a different ant.



This looks like a regular ant while the previous one looked like one of them there “red ants”. I did not realize it at the time or my life might have flashed before my eyes. 

Next we visit the Yarrow plant. We put it in last year, and it’s going gangbusters.


I put this photo in for scale and to show where the misguided Tree Swallows are nesting. 

So, here’s the first shot  . . . 


It should be easy spotting the goldenrod crab spider . . . but, can you see the fly? When I snapped the photo I completely missed the presence of the spider . . . I was looking at the fly.

Now . . . can you still see the fly here?


You might have to go to the SmugMug gallery and view it at full resolution, but it’s there. The link for the gallery is at the end of the post, before all the witty disclaimers. 

This next shot shows what Yarrow looks like just before flowering.


I then noticed a number of small flies flitting about . . . this is one of them.




In past years, if I remember correctly, I had a dickens of a time identifying this particular type of fly. The markings, again if I remember correctly, are those of a European variety. If really curious, search on my bug posts from previous years. 

It is small, but it let me get very close . . . 



This next one is smaller yet . . . it’s not a great photos, but I went out the next day and got better ones . . . something to look forward to.


These next photos are from a wildflower plant I transplanted a few years ago . . . it’s now seeding itself all over the area of the original planting. 


The unopened flowers remind me of a Blue Whale, primarily for the shape of their mouth..


The stalks produce a lot of flowers. When there are bees about, they will crawl inside the openings, literally disappearing inside the flower.


Right now, all we got is another red ant. It looked intent on examining the flower . . . 



. . . and then it looked directly at me . . . 


My blood chilled and I felt like food . . . meaning, not that I wanted to eat, but that it might be considering me food. I hightailed it out of there. 

This was shot straight up along the wall of the garage . . . a much friendlier and innocuous bug. 


So, that’s almost all 100 photos in four posts . . . I could have, and should have posted them all on one post, and I feel as if I’ve betrayed who I am, the very core of my beliefs about the universe and my place in it, for not having done so.

. . . maybe next time . . . 

The corresponding SmugMug Gallery HERE. Of course, you can just click on each photo to get a larger (but not full-size) version.

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9 Responses to The Yard – Part Four

  1. I enjoyed this post Emilio. I couldn’t find the fly in the first fly photo but I did find the spider. The fly in the rest of the photos is unusual. I haven’t seen one of those.


  2. oneowner says:

    I find the Yarrow to be one of the most photogenic flowers. I’m thinking of using them in my South garden where they will get plenty of sun and easy to photograph.


  3. YAY! I found the spider AND the fly! Cool captures! And I love the ants, flowers, and lady bug, too! :-)
    Your last paragraph made me laugh out loud! Sorry. I know that is a very serious thing.
    Your amazing photos are a remind of how nature works so precisely and beautifully! There really is a cycle and each part (birds, insects, plants, rain, sun, etc and so on and so forth) is needed.
    HUGS!!! Happy Almost-Friday!!! to you and Melisa!!! :-)


  4. The yarrow is beautiful. I saw the spider right away. Didn’t see the fly though. The red ant was definitely looking right at you. Great macros.


    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . the fly is just to the right and slightly lower than the spider. Perhaps easier to see if you click on the photo and get the slightly larger version.


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