Jan 28

We are having our January spring-like weather here in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  It seems we usually have a week or so of warm weather this time of year  and then we slip back into winter.  The hibernating ladybugs are very active during the warm weather.  A couple days ago my husband and I spent an afternoon photographing the ladybugs and the river behind our house.  It always feels so cleansing to get outside after being indoors so much during the middle of winter.

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Ladybugs on a small oak tree.

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Ladybugs in the cracks of Ponderosa Pine bark.

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David photographing along the river.

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My self portrait  :)

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Lacey catkins.  Looks like spring isn’t very far away.

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The motion of the river.  I had fun playing with my camera at this spot of the river.

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Feb 17

February 16, 2010

With the warms days we’ve had, the ladybugs are emerging from hibernation.  I was walking around the property a few days ago and found several areas thick with ladybugs.  The picture below shows a young oak tree, a couple feet tall, covered with ladybugs.  It seems too early for them to be active but I guess they know what they are doing.  Pretty soon, when the weather warms, clouds of ladybugs will pass our house for days.  Next autumn they’ll return from the opposite direction.

‘February Get Together’

February Get Together

A ‘Highway of Ladybugs’    These twisted, figure eight shaped branches sit atop a slash pile on my neighbor’s property.  I was so caught up with the ladybugs that I didn’t notice the feather among the branches until I downloaded the picture.

Ladybug Highways

‘Ladybug Traffic  Jam’……or….. ‘Jammin’ Ladybugs’

Ladybug Traffic Jam

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