"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Time For My Creature Feature

My life, here on the farm ,would not be what it is without my feathered and fur ball critters that I have around me. For me.....................
it's also the wild and crawly creatures that make life so interesting here. Some are pretty creepy and threatening. But if you look past that............see the blue/black sheen, the copper head, the soft yellow legs?..............so colorful.

The spikes and horns on these horned toads look intimidating,..................like ferocious little dragons............... . Their legs, feet, and neck have perfect scales. I have always felt that they have a somewhat "western design" on them. They look like they are prepared for battle,
Yet, these are one of the most docile lizards ever.


The brilliant colors of this grasshopper is so striking....................that even though it's probably the one who has been leaving holes on the leaves of my flowers..........I can't bear to end it's life.
Can you see the little leopard print wings and the leaf design that goes up the leg?


This large grasshopper crawled out from the watered leaves and allowed me to look at it's intricate design. If one looks really close................one would be surprised at how much beauty is in the make up of these little creatures. This is what inspires me in my embroidery. Can you see the dots on it's back that run perfectly in line? It's small dotted wings also stand out. I am ready to get my embroidery floss out and to capture this beauty with thread and needle. How about you? What do you think has beautiful design and color in nature? Butterflies or birds perhaps? Any insect lovers out there? I would love to hear!





27 comments:

peggy said...

The most famous artwork of the world is nothing when looking at the the artistry in God's creations. Guess that's why He's called the Master. We don't have those exotic creatures here in the city but there are some very peculiar bugs around here and they are eating my zinnias. Those pictures were so interesting, especially that grasshopper.

Daisy said...

What wonderful pictures, Kathleen. There is so much to marvel at and so much beauty in the creatures of nature. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Julie Harward said...

All God's creations...aren't they so amazing?! :D

The Gingerbread House said...

Good edit on those creatures, the artwork on them is really superb.Ginny

Patty H. said...

I agree with Peggy. Beautiful creaturs. Dont' want them on me but they are beautiful.

Sunny said...

love those little horny toads... they make me laugh to look at them.They are so cute!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Fabulous photos! That creepy crawly thing is scary!!!!! The horned toads look like minature little dinosaurs, don't they? Our Lord is so amazing in His creation, isn't He? When I was a child I called grasshoppers "hossgappers"!
Enjoyed your post! V.

佳燕 said...

pleasure to find such a good artical! please keep update!!.................................................................

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Kathleen, you have creatures I've never seen even though I'm in Texas, too. It truly is a whole other country!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Great pictures..the colors are amazing. I'd rather not hold one in person but I'm enjoying your little tour of the creatures on our earth!

Pat

Suma Subramaniam said...

Dear Kathleen, I stumbled on your blog through a friend's (itsmhylife) and I've been following yours for a long time. What a beautiful post. I love the way you experience the simple pleasures of life.

What a lovely post! The colors are just astounding.

Debbie said...

Insects are some of our favorites too. Some from a distance. What a great way to study the intricacy and diversity of our Creator just in the insect world! Thanks for sharing yours. I remember the horned toads!
Have a great 4th!
Debbie

Mildred said...

Your photos are just incredible. I remember my daddy would marvel at each flower in the garden and the uniqueness of it. I especially love the butterflies and their perfect dots and stripes. I wish you and yours a very happy 4th Kathleen.

Linda said...

I really enjoyed see all the little critter they are so colorful...but being a city girl a little scary too...but I know I'd get use to them.

Have a lovely weekend and Happy 4th of July to you...hugs, Linda

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen, such wonderful pictures of the creatures in your garden. Hope things are going well for you. Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

LindaSueBuhl said...

The Lord made such interesting creatures for our world - I do love horned toads - great little ant eaters. Thanks for sharing up close and personal with those who share our Texas environment.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Happy 4th of July! I have not seen any horned toads in such a long time. What great pictures.

Irma :)

nancy huggins said...

I know they are all Gods creatures but I will stick to my Dogs and Cats and some of the Toads I have in my yard. I have a Tree Frog that comes and hangs on the window in my computer room every night at dusk. I always wonder if he wants to come in...I try and make sure they don't because my puppies and cats would kill him for sure..I have caught many and put them back outside..Never want to see any of Gods little creatures die. Great pictures and very interesting :) Hop on over to my blog and enter to win the $30.00 gift card for free Groceries :)

青卉青卉 said...

卡爾.桑得柏:「除非先有夢,否則一切皆不成。」共勉!............................................................

grammy said...

Soft yellow legs??? yuck
ok...the grashoppers are very colorful
the ones around here are mostly dull...gray or brown.
I really have not seen many bugs this year
moths
that's about it 9o:

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen! These were great photos! I posted a garden spider on my blog last week. It was beautiful in yellow and black. I'm leaving it alone and following it's progress so I can watch it grow. Peggy is right - there is nothing that man can create or paint that can compare with God's handiwork! I'm so thankful that He made us such a beautiful world to live in - it's never boring, is it!

Nancy M. said...

They are beautiful in pictures! I sure wouldn't want to run into any of them, though!

Flower said...

Wow...you have a variety of insects, and lizards that I've never seen. That grasshopper looks big...and so detailed. Ours are much smaller and not so defined. Amazing...delightful and educational post!! Thanks!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Wow! I love the animals, insects, and God's creation on your farm. They are so beautiful with their colors. I especially like the bugs. God sure has created an awesome world.
As Mama and I were walking the other evening, we noticed how pretty the leaves are with all their different shapes and the many textures of bark on trees are so pretty.

吳婷婷 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

Jody Blue said...

I do love most creatures great and small. I always enjoy seeing red winged black birds on cat tails, they remind me of the area I grew up in.
Those toads are so fun!

Conni said...

Beautiful photos, Kathleen, as usual! I especially love the colorful and intricately patterned grasshoppers!