Magical Milkweed 7/15/14

Flashback Sunday, July 15, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars a gourd blossom early this morning. This one is still in pretty good shape but they start to wither fairly early after being open in the night hopefully being pollinated by some lovely moths.
July 15, 2012 sigFlashback Monday, July 15, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a mourning dove out by my raised garden beds.
July 15, 2013 sigTuesday, July 15, 2014 – The milkweed pods are developing nicely, promising seeds in the fall.  Here are some of the diverse members of the community that are supported by my milkweed habitat.  I saw a super interesting fly that I remember reading an article about recently.  I don’t recall where the article was published but it talked about the markings on the wings and how these help signal other flies of the species for mating.
7:15:14 fly 2 sig 7:15:14 fly eyes sig 7:15:14 fly 3 sig“As the budget for protecting endangered species and managing wildlife has stayed relatively stagnant, but the workload has exploded, more of that work has fallen to a standing army of curious and often retired volunteers—citizen scientists whom Princeton ecologist David Wilcove has compared to volunteer firefighters. In Maine, they count moose and frogs. In Ohio, they snatch Lake Erie water snakes out of the water and measure them.”
~ Jon Mooallem
7:15:14 native bee 1 sig 7:15:14 milkweed bug sig 7:15:14 native bee sig“For me, wildlife has always been a reminder of all the mystery that exists outside my own experience — out there, beyond the suburban rec room I felt trapped in as a kid, watching Wild America on PBS. There’s a special amazement that comes from watching a grizzly smack a salmon out of a river, or even from seeing just how hideous certain bottom-dwelling fish look. It enlarges your sense of the world, the way looking out from the top of a tall hill does. It’s the perspective that William Temple Hornaday feared American kids would lose if they only stared into microscopes instead of strolling through the woods with a field notebook.”
~ Jon Mooallem
7:15:14 heart shaped chew hole sig 7:15:14 love? sig 7:15:14 two sig

“We’ve entered what some scientists are calling the Anthropocene — a new geologic epoch in which human activity, more than any other force, steers change on the planet. Just as we’re now causing the vast majority of extinctions, the vast majority of endangered species will only survive if we keep actively rigging the world around them in their favor. … We are gardening the wilderness. The line between conservation and domestication has blurred.”
~ Jon Mooallem
7:15:14 peaker sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste and Bright Bee Blessings ~ Raven

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