Can you see me?

Took a little walk-about at Audubon this morning. Look who I found all tucked in a bed of moss:


Not sure of the species. Isn’t it cute?

UPDATE: ┬áMy very knowledgeable friends tell me it’s a striped flea beetle. ┬áStill not sure of species, because apparently there are several varieties of striped flea beetles.

Gray Sky Day

I badly needed a walk about… and I ended up spending an hour and a half out on the trails at Audubon before heading to my office.


You know I love winter, and this mild one has been disappointing to me. The temperature was in the high 40s and the ground was mushy. Still, there was a bit of ice on the pond… and you could see where the muskrats broke through it to get a breath of air.


As is often the case, the gray, wet day made for vibrant, saturated color.


Even the rootlets of the poison ivy drew my eye with their rich color.


And why is it that only the roses are dripping with water?


The weather forecast is for several more days of high 40s. I wonder if we’ll ever get a good, lasting snow this year…