What could offer more promise in spring than mating Monarchs? These Eastern population individuals are faring better than their West Coast cousins, which, tragically, have declined by over 99%
Canada Warblers are neotropical migrants that move through my region for a very short window of time each spring. This species is a skulker, which is often hard to find or photograph
A few years back I was part of an effort to try to save a growth of Live Oak trees near me in Legacy Park. We won! This gray fox is spending the day in one of those trees.
It seems like eastern warblers come in an infinite variety of yellows, blacks and whites. This fellow is a Magnolia Warbler.
Birders will wonder why I have a picture of a cowbird here. This species is known to be a troublesome nest parasite on other species. But I thought the colors and texture were interesting nevertheless.
Barn Swallows spend most of the days, if not most of their lives, on the wing. This fellow, however, was taking a brief rest.
Gulf Fritillary on Texas thistle. When my neighbors see this plant growing in my yard they ask me to pull it out because they believe it is a weed. So I have to go to wild area to enjoy it. So do the butterflies.
This is a “picture of a picture” I took at Legacy Park during the big Texas freeze. You can see the original in another one of these photo galleries. This framed one was on display in my community and became the first photograph I have sold commercially!
Another one of my photos on display here, I call this one “Lonely Barnhouse”
Please indulge me, I have several pictures of these colorful and photogenic Painted Buntings in this gallery.
Common wood nymph, a forest butterfly that will never land on a flower.
Another view of a Canada Warbler
And of course another Painted Bunting!
This organism is only here because of its name: Dog Vomit Slime Mold. Really.
A female Painted Bunting, pretty in her own subtle way? Then again, this could be a young male, judging by the blue feathers poking through…
Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillar
Do you see the predator face that this buckeye butterfly uses to startle creatures that might want to eat it?
This Witch’s Hat mushroom is only a bit shy of an inch tall, but it is deadly toxic!
I love the cute little weevil on top of this Mexican Hat flower
Different view of a Magnolia Warbler
And another angle on that fritillary and its flower
Partial closeup of pattern on the back of a Red Saddlebags dragonfly
Diaphanous teneral (young stage) damselfly, hard to identify to species at this stage.
It almost seems like this wild turkey didn’t really want to get his feet wet?
Familiar Bluet damselfly
Brood X Doesn’t occur in Texas, we just have to settle for this aptly named Superb Dusk-singing Cicada, here just emerging from its exuvium on my porch at midnight.
Great Egret, reflecting.
Ho-hum, yet another Bunting…
Huge and aptly named Hercules Beetle. Note the really cool pattern on his carapace! Guessing that no two are alike.
Retro, newest addition to the Byhower household (Photo by Eileen)