Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nature Notes - On the Ground!

Here are some of the things that I have noticed, and photographed, on the ground over the last couple of weeks in Loveland, Ohio. I have prepared this post as part of Nature Notes over at RamblingWoods.com. We "meet" on Wednesdays and have show and tell about what nature is doing in our neck of the woods...


This is a garden snail. I know that they are considered pests in the garden, but I thought this guy was cute. If you have fairly young kids, then you have seen Sponge Bob Square Pants, and you may notice a resemblance between this snail and Sponge Bob's snail, Gary(!)


A raccoon track by the river...


Red admiral butterfly sitting on a stick on a path by the river... I read that they sit out in the open like this waiting for females to wander by and notice how amazingly handsome they are... It worked, because I noticed! (They may be after females of their own species though.)





A leopard slug...I know he is another pest...but, I like the spots!

24 comments:

  1. Wow Libby..great post with such variety..I have never seen such a cute snail as that one..even the slug is cute and will make somebody a good meal...or maybe not...Michelle

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    1. I don't know what happened to that leopard slug, but he was pretty darn exposed on that sidewalk like that!

      Thanks for hosting!

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  2. I think the snail is cute too. I like the raccoon track shot and all of them for that matter.

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    1. Oh, that is nice of you - thanks Carver!

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  3. Lovely to see what's happening at your neck of the woods. Such a cute snail, slug, and I love that raccoon track photo!

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    1. Thanks, its funny what you just kind of stumble across :)

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  4. A great nature post, the red admiral is pretty and the snail is cool. Great nature sightings and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

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    1. Thanks...starting to think I should have made a pet out of the snail - LOL!

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    2. good morning libby, so glad i came to visit and learned of this wednesday gathering! our photographs are wonderful and so is this practice of exalting the beauty of nature!

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    3. Rebecca!! I am so glad you came by too! This is a great group and they do a lot of great and worth-while things :)

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  5. i am smitten with michelle's blog home and her heart for all things great and small! i too am cultivating milkweed with a desire to help the monarchs with their natural habitat. i cannot thank you enough for enlightening me about this amazing resource and wednesday gathering! count me in!!!!

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    1. I love when my blog friends meet :) And, that is GREAT on the milkweed! I have an untended area between the garage and the back fence that is full of naturally-occurring milkweed. It feels great to be doing something for the monarchs by simply leaving it alone :)

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  6. nice collection of critters in nature. :)

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  7. pests are often cute :)

    the raccoon track are amazing!

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    1. Thanks! It was fun walking along the river and finding the perfect little track :)

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  8. a really interesting set of pictures Libby - that racoon track is do clear and defined - well spotted.

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    1. Thanks...he is lucky I am no hunter :)

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  9. Great shots, Libby! I love the snail and slug. You know, as pesky as they are, we need them.

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    1. I know...I have a fondness for pests and weeds. I have starlings nesting under the eaves and the kids and I watched the fledglings out the kitchen window a couple hours ago. I think European Starlings are definitely considered pests...but, they really are pretty :)

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  10. Beautiful photographs! What an amazing snail! I love seeing photos of critters we take for granted (like snails!) that really help remind us how beautiful the every day things really are.

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    1. Thanks! They really are beautiful creations when we take the time to really look, I think...

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  11. Oh Libby, I like the spots too!

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    1. :D Its cute he is called a leopard slug... Makes him sound like a tough guy!

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