Friday, April 12, 2013

Flowers, bugs, and such!

An American Beauty
 
 
Hibiscus
 
Stargazer Lily -  a flower that was on my street
 
 
Indian Pink Wildflower (they were in my front yard)
 
 
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (from a photo taken by my sister)
 
Yellow Lady's Slipper (from a photo taken by my sister)
 
 
 
Okra 
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
I love Okra! I like it cooked in many ways except for "boiled." Boiling it in soup is ok, but not boiled just by itself. I have canned "Pickled Okra" and like it that way. But, my favorite is the slowly fried, cornnmeal coated Okra that is cooked like my mother and grandmother before me! If you've had Okra in a restaurant or any other place, it is not cooked the way that I like it. When cooked my way, there is nothing better! Though I have heard it described by those that don't like it as "Anything a hog won't eat - I won't eat!" I heat up just a little bit of oil, slice up the okra, put it in the pan, stir and coat with oil, then pour on enough cornmeal to barely coat the slices. I then pan fry it slowly, slowly in a little bit of oil until it is crisp and browned. If you look close at this painting you
will see a small insect. There are actually two small insects, but the other one is very small!
Amaryllis in my house
 
 

Fall Leaves 2008

Dogwood
 

Fall Leaves 2009
 
 

Pink Dogwood blossoms
 

Fall Leaves raining down upon my head
 
 
Fall Leaves 2010

Fall Leaves 2011

 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (from a photo I took on my street)
 

 Schmetterling (German for Butterfly) upon a blossom
 

 Swallowtail butterfly

Luna Moth (Actias luna)
These beautiful moths have one of the largest wing spans (4 1/2 and rarely up to 7 inches) of all moths in North America! They have very short lives of usually only a week.  Painted in watercolor with the gracious permission of photographer Richard Goohs.
 
 
13- Year Cicadas (2011) - there were millions in my area!  This one was on my street!

Cicada Cicada Flying in the air

Cicada Cicada Landing in my hair
Cicada Cicada Climbing up a tree
Cicada Cicada Landing on my knee
Cicada Cicada Crawling around my toes
Cicada Cicada Landing on my nose
Cicada Cicada Got to keep my mouth shut
Cicada Cicada Or, you’ll be down my throat
When you gonna leave us?
I don’t know!
You’ll be back in 13 years and put on another show!


 

 
 
Flower arrangement my neighbor brought me!
(painted in watercolors)
 
 
 

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