This little nymph, possibly a wheelbug, was crawling on my neck.

I thought I had brushed it off, but a few moments later I feel this sting and there it was on my other hand. Ouch! The sting lasted about 20 minutes, but not that bad.

Remember the Snailseed (Cocculus carolinus) from a couple days ago? Here the bird left its present on top of a stump.
Prairie Gaillardia (Gaillardia aestivalis

Long shadows of fall!

And most exciting for me today… was an American Woodcock near my blackberry patch!!!

Keep looking!



  1. I've heard that about the wheel bug's bite. Guess even the little nymphs can do that.
    Love the long shadows. Reminds me of a few I have done.
    Congrats on the woodcock. Before I paged down I thought "she couldn't have gotten a photograph of it could he?". Ahhh, a drawing!

  2. Kathy,
    I was surprised how long the hurt was. And no I don't want to test an adult wheelbug.

    Most of the photos in the field, I take I using my iphone now. So no photo worth bothering with a phone for most bird photos. I rarely carry my real camera anymore in the field unless it is a driving tour.

    I have always loved the shadows. Sometimes more interesting then the real subject. 🙂

  3. I've experienced a scorpion and a harvester/red ant this summer. Both I do not want to repeat. Do you remember when we first were staying in this cabin but still living in Carrollton and I got bit by a spider in my bed at night? Ended up being a small Green Lynx Spider that somehow was under the covers with me. I was up for about 2 or 3 hours with my leg throbbing.

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