“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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linking to Good Fences

The moody skies of the late afternoon threatens our sunny day. In hopes of some much needed rainfall, mother nature doesn't hear our calls! Tho, with the darkened clouds, heavy with moisture and thunder heard in the far reaches of the county and beyond...the roiling clouds do nothing for us! In no time, those mischief blankets of promises of moisture all too soon disappear and the heat is on!! Last month, with everything so pretty and green for the first of Spring I was hoping against hope that we may have a normal season. Doesn't look so now. Everything, once again as for the past 4-5 years, is drying up to a golden yellow and the earth is cracking with the lack of rain!! Still, it is mighty pretty...those clouds!
linking to:  Skywatch Friday

On another day, as we walked along listening to the bird calls and trying to identify them by sound only, one buzzed just near my ear!! I thought, by the whirring sound it may have been a small hummingbird. I searched and searched the thin tree branches nearby to no avail. No hummingbird. But!!! What caught my attention is the likes of something I've never seen before. And I was positive this is the little 'buzzer' that was so near my ear. It was really an odd one to say the least. I stood and watched it for some time as it made its way up the branch, and then did a 180 and crawled DOWN the branch. The more I watched it, the more focused I became on it and then, I noticed the big "EYES". I crept up through the wildflowers, closer, closer, and was able to set the camera on macro and did a quick click on the shutter button! Truly, this was some alien creature from Mars! It had to be...


...I guess Texas is a suburb of Mars then? Oh well, I was close!! In all actuality it is a member of the Click Beetle family. If truth be told, this species is the Eyed Click Beetle. The fake eyes on its pronotum [the dorsal plate, or the foremost area of the body's thorax] is the defining ID marking. And the behavior of being on its back and rolling out to full length, making a clicking sound...hence, the click beetles their name.


Moving to another area, leaving the beetle to its ways, I spotted this pretty scene. No, the photo is NOT upside down. It's the reflection of a young palm tree in the brook that meanders through the park...


linking to:  Weekly Top Shot - Weekend Reflections

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  1. Awesome pictures. Glad you are safe.

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  2. What a horrifyingly horrifying macro of the huge beetle!! Do you ever get beetles in your house? I would croak if I saw something like this. But the palm reflection is glorious.

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    1. ...no beetles in the house, but Texas is full of cockroaches = big enough to harness.

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  3. Neat looking beetle, Anni! Pretty sky and reflection shots! Have a happy day!

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    1. ...happy day to you too Eileen.

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  4. Wow, great pictures of long wall, sky and reflection. Most of all, my husband who happened to sit beside me was facilitated by the click beetle♪ He remembered catching them when young. We call it like "pounding rice bug, kome(rice) tuki(pound) mushi(bug). I thought it is rare, but he could point out soon p;)

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Glad to read your husband had memories of such a critter.

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  5. That beetle does look like an alien. I would much rather see it in pictures than buzzing by my head

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    1. me too...but it did give me a buzz. ::wink::

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  6. Wish I could share some of our rain with you!

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    1. I'll take it if you can figure out how to share!!!

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  7. Interesting beetle, kind of creepy. Glad he didn't zap you back to Mars with him. Very nice reflection.

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  8. Cracking looking beetle! We had a preying mantis on the fly-wire door yesterday, but I was gone by the time I had completed all my chores!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. ...the mantis is a fascinating creature. I love to watch them wriggle like a leaf in the breeze.

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  9. That beetle DOES look like an alien. Wow! Your picture of it makes me want to learn more about those guys, so thanks for the link. :-)

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    1. it's an oddity I've never seen before, but will remember what it is for sure.

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  10. This must be the season for space bugs--I have a photo up on my blog of what turned out to be a Rusty Tussock Moth caterpillar.
    Love the reflection photo!
    Rain, rain please come our way here too.

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    1. I just saw your bug...creepy

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    2. He really does look vicious, doesn't he! LOL!

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  11. Oh, how I wish we could share some of our rain with you! It seems like it's either feast or famine, for all of us!

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    1. so true, so true. If it'd just rain...a soft rain for days, I'd be happy.

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  12. You just 'think' it's a click beetle. It's really a government drone! ;-) What a great photo. I've never heard of this creature before. So glad you got that pic. And I like the ominous cloud photo - anything dark and moving like that, as long as it's not a funnel cloud!

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    1. Yep...no funnel clouds please!!! ROFL on the government...that's a good one.

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  13. The beetle is very interesting. All creatures are so special and beautiful - even bugs. The macros really show them off. Your reflecting palm photo is so serene.

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    1. ...it's good to read you enjoyed the beetle Ms. G!!

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  14. Great photos and good info to go with them. I really like the beetle.

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    1. ...looks like the beetle is the popular one today.

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  15. Ah yes, what a lovely, quiet fence, that nature can shine on through!

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  16. love the click beetle! and love that first perfect view, too. thanks for linking in, anni!

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    1. ...thank YOU for hosting Ms. T

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  17. love the upside down palmetto bush.. fantastic shot. and nice click beetle, even if he does have fake eyes... i am assuming they make a clicking noise...sorry your drought is hanging around. we went through 4 years of it hear, but if finally broke this year and we had record breaking rain for the first 3 months of the year and the ponds are full now....
    to make the photo black and white with a pop of color, i used PicMonkey for this one.
    www.picmonkey.com and go to the second down, effects, go down to black and white and when the photo changes, you can use your mouse to paint in the color.

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  18. Hi there, I just love your closeup of the Click Beetle - never heard of it before and I love its cunning fake eyes!! So clever.
    Anni I've been looking at some of your art while visiting your blog and I love your work. Varied and colourful. Cheers now :D)

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    1. ...thank you so much Susan.

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  19. that click beetle is fascinating. so glad you were able to spot him... sorry the clouds didn't produce your much needed rain. even though it isn't... that palmetto bush does look upside down. your good fences pic is wonderful. hope all is well. have a great day~

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    1. ...hoping all is well with you too! Thanks.

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  20. Happy to hear all is well with you! I love the pictures; you are good. The fence and skies are beautiful shots. The beetle is very interesting! The reflection is awesome.

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  21. Such beautiful green fields Anni! Yikes, that bug id creepy looking!

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  22. The field with the fence is pretty & green. I am sorry to hear you didn't get rain. I would have loved to have sent you some of ours last week. It's nice here now though. Wow that Beetle is weird & cool. Pretty reflection of the Palm fronds.

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    1. ...thanks for all the good words Ida.

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  23. You have some great shots, I love the peaceful fence scene and the pretty reflection shot. I wish I could send you some of the rain we've been having. We need warmer weather and sunshine! Hopefully tomorrow.

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    1. It's chilly here also, but no rain but a few drops now and then. Wishin' you could send us some from your area too.

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  24. creepy bug but very peaceful pasture/fence setting.

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  25. I've seen that beetle before but didn't know anything about it. We have so many different bugs, insects, beetles in south Texas. One little red velvet looking bug that used to come out after a rain I haven't seen in years. Wish it would come back.

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    1. ...a red velvet bug...hmmmm, dunno if I've ever seen one before.

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  26. thanks for the compliment on my profile pic ... it was a great day when i took it. i was in my favorite new shirt (my mom got me as an early b-day present) ... i love purple it makes me super happy.

    so to your beetle pic ... what an interesting creature. almost cow like. that is the 1st thing that popped into my head. i went with it. ha. ha!! ( :

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    1. Oh,.....I like purple too Beth!!

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  27. Cool shot of the beetle!

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    1. ....at first glance I thought you commented Shoot the Beetle. lol
      Too early for me right now.

      Thanks Pat.

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  28. Those are fake eyes on that beetle? What an odd looking creature but such a great capture! I'll be perusing the Texas part of the gulf coast slowly over the next four years as our son-in-law has been transferred from VA to San Antonio. I see many trips with the grand ones over to the coast in my future.

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    1. Our coast is only a little over an hour's drive from San Antonio. I know you'll enjoy it with your grands.

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  29. OMCs Anni if mom saw that bug in person she would need some new drawers.
    she is afraid of bugs and once said she'd rather be chased by a lion than a bug cause she could see the lion...you see what I deal with on a daily basis.
    Hugs madi and the crazy lady
    PS it is a very nice picture though

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    1. You two, M&M, had me literally rollin' with this comment!!

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  30. How cool that you were able to capture this unusual beetle! And a great picture at that. :)

    I remember threats of rain while living in Texas. We got to where we'd pay no attention to the clouds or thunder. Hope you all get some rain soon.

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    1. I am always hoping for rain...it's been too little for way too long.

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  31. I do love your clouds/skies, Anni!! They remind me of all the years I lived in Texas!! Drama generally seemed to be the name of the game, but beautiful at the same time. Great captures for the day as always! And, hey, I really like your beetle -- well, as long as he isn't crawling up my leg, of course!!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Enjoy!!

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    1. ...I wish we had some 'action' with the drama. lol Too little going on here in terms of moisture. AGAIN!

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  32. Cool photos Anni, love the look of that interesting beetle too.

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  33. There seem to be beetles everywhere lately! Whew- your pic makes me glad they aren't near me right now (at least not that I know of!). Once again, a terrific post that makes me appreciate this area we call home.

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    1. ...in my opinion, this is the best time of year for Texas [beetles and all. lol]

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    1. Okay...thanks. But I must say 'beetle smeetle........your night sky through the fish-eye lens is extraordinary!!!!' ---makes my beetle image seem so mundane.

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  35. That beetle is scary! :)
    Great capture of the palm reflections.

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    1. I thought all that 'green on the pond' was pretty too Indrani.

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  36. Oh Anni, I love your last photo. Reflections are my favorites to see and take.

    I noticed in your previous post that your daughter will be moving to our fair state after her marriage. Great choice on the Oregon Coast, you will love it. Plus great birding!

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    1. I like reflections too....and BTW, that isn't MY daughter getting married and relocating to WA, it's the meme's hostess.

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  37. You take me back, way back when my brother showed these (click beetles) to me as a child. That was in deep East TX. I haven't seen them at all in Houston or at the farm.

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    1. ...sorry Georgette...I can't seem to find your blog posts through Google+

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  38. Very unusual beetle! Well, at least I haven't seen one around here. :\

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  39. Very enjoyable narrative and good photos, Anni.

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    1. ...thanks Shey. Have you been going out birding lately?

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  40. I'm late getting around to blogs again. As always, your photos are amazing. I'll pass on having a close encounter with that beetle, however!! Crunch!

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    1. Better late than never dear Terri.

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  41. Amazing shots! Gorgeous!

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  42. I can't believe that dark, cloudy sky did not produce any rain!! Many of the streets at the jersey shore are flooded and closed!! What a beautiful fence!!

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    1. Nope...nada. Well, maybe a drop or two on the pavement...but nothing substantial.

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  43. Neat shot of the 'beetle from Mars' ~ for SC ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. ...and a happy weekend to you too Carol

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    1. ...not really, just a macro/closeup.

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  45. Strange looking Beetle and great reflection. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Definitely strange looking I agree. Thanks Margaret.

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  46. Awesome shot of the beetle. It's a very pretty critter.

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    1. ...pretty, but creepy too. Thanks Gunilla

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  47. Hello Anni, thanks for sharing your post with my critter party, have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thank you for hosting Eileen.

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  48. I knew it! I had a click beetle last year. I finally figured it out!
    We're having a good year for rain. Lots of wind and clouds, I'd like sone sun, too!

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    1. I'll trade you two days of sun for one good rainy day!!

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  49. What an unusual beetle. We have clicking beetles here but they're just a plain very dark brown, almost black. That one's quite spectacular!

    I do hope you get some rain. But living in a very dry country, I know what you are going through although the last 2 or 3 years have been quite good here. On the coast anyway, not so much in the Outback. Rain is desperately needed there.

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    1. ...this is the first I've ever seen with 'fake eyes'.

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  50. Click beetles look truly alien. You got that right, for sure, Anni!

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  51. Great shot of the beetle! I am not sure I want to get up close with one though!

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