Silent Sunday

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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77 Responses to Silent Sunday

  1. Dale says:

    What a fabulous photo! And that beetle bug is stunning (hopefully not a destructive kind…)

  2. shoreacres says:

    The metallic sheen of the insect is beautiful, as is the correspondence in color between it and the center of the flowers. I like the little ‘heart’ on its back.

  3. Anne says:

    Well spotted!

  4. Karen Lang says:

    Love ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

  5. What a beautiful combination, and composition, Eliza!

  6. Love the photo and beautiful color coordination of nature!๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Alice says:

    I, too, saw the ๐Ÿ’›, and missing a back leg. There are so many diminutive pollinators on flowers, looking & taking photos of Gazanias, yesterday, there were several teeny ‘bees.’daisy Fleabane is pretty, but they had so many offspring coming up all over the yardโ€ฆmaybe I should dead-head them.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Looking closely has its rewards, that’s for sure. I love seeing those tiny pollinators. I know what you mean about fleabaneโ€“ it a pretty native beloved by bees, looks great in arrangements, but boy, can it self-sow! I keep it out of the gardens (mostly) and let it populate the meadow edges, the same with violets.

  8. I love how the bug’s coloring matches the center of the flower. Very summery scene and a beautiful capture!

  9. Such pretty markings on the back of that bug.

  10. Cathy says:

    An exquisite beetle. The markings on its back look like a heart. ๐Ÿ’•

  11. maryjane678 says:

    Hi Eliza. How do you get your beetles to be colour coordinated with your flowers??

  12. Tina says:

    I really like the composition of this photo in both color scheme and layout–well done!!

  13. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    What a beautiful beetle Eliza, I love the heart on its back too ๐Ÿ’›

  14. derrycats says:

    Lovely photo. Perfect composition.

  15. Debbie says:

    Am I the only one who shudders a bit when I see a bug atop such pretty flowers?!? I know bugs have to live, too, but these daisies probably could’ve spent their whole life quite happily without him getting ready to feast on them, ha!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It is a mindset, to be sure. But ecologically speaking, bugs co-exist with plants and without them, plants and we wouldn’t be here. A great book you might be interested in reading is Doug Tallamy’s ‘Nature’s Best Hope,’ which explores how insects are key species on this planet, how to understand and enhance the role they play in our own landscape. It changed my paradigm completely, highly recommended!

  16. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Lovely shot Eliza

  17. Irene says:

    Amazing details in that little critter. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

  18. John says:

    Lovely! ๐ŸŒน

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, John. How’s life in ‘the furnace?’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hear it has been pretty brutal lately.

      • John says:

        Your welcome! Well… It’s been a scorcher this summer so far as it was last summer. Last summer, this excess heat sustained much longer than usual. I hope this summer will ‘cool’ to the normal temps in the low 100s and upper 90s. Mojave Desert life!

  19. I love the color echo of the daisy centers and the golden bug.

  20. Kris P says:

    As bug’s go, that’s an attractive one. He looks like he’s wearing a cape with a golden heart on it.

  21. Cute little Lygus bug adding some extra beauty to your Fleabane, Eliza. Just had one on mine here in the yard too.

  22. Very Nice Eliza! Great Detail!

  23. Daisies and insects are equally important to the garden.

  24. Love the little heart on its back!

  25. Joanne says:

    Beautiful. โค
    It must be like a breath of fresh air having flowers in your garden again after winter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. naturebackin says:

    An excellent pairing. You make an interesting mention of Doug Tallamy in a comment – I have only read about him but I have not actually seen any of his books. I must make an effort to see what I can get hold of.

  27. rajkkhoja says:

    Amazing photo.

  28. Jane Lurie says:

    What an interesting looking bug! Love the markings. Such an appealing composition, Eliza. ๐Ÿ’›

  29. We have a somewhat similar-looking fleabane daisy in Austin, Erigeron modestus. Do you know what species you have there?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      E. annuus. It self-sows like crazy, but I love it (and so do the insects). ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I presume that you said “but” in your role as a gardener, and that maybe your fleabane daisy encroaches on places where you’d rather not have it. I wish some of our local Erigeron modestus would volunteer itself in our yard, though it’s probably too shady. I’ve taken plenty of pictures of it in the wild in my part of Austin.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        You guessed right, it is best grown in the wilder places in my yardโ€“ I’m forever weeding it out of the garden beds where it shows up willy-nilly.

      • I’d say I’m more on the side of willy, and you of nilly.

  30. Jet Eliot says:

    I so enjoyed this magnificent summer moment, Eliza. Absolutely delightful photo.

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