We've found ourselves immersed in a bit of spring time nature in motion this week. First we caught these two moths hanging on a chrysalis--or cocoon as they are moths (Promethea) I believe? We weren't really sure what was going on, but eventually I had to guess that the female was emerging and while unable to yet fly, it seemed that a male came to claim her as a mate? Whatever the story, they stayed together on the cocoon/chrysalis all afternoon and into the evening.
Then, after watching a pair of Cardinals in our garden for what seems like forever, I finally found their nest! It is buried deep within our hedges, and after following the male into the hedge, I found the female there (can you find her below?) and eventually saw her head up to the left where there was a nest! Unfortunately, the nest is quite high and I can't really get a looksee, but I did find some fun Cardinal facts while looking for information about them. I'm sure I looked comical poking around in my hedges this way, especially after climbing around in the forsythia photographing moths the day before...
We also came upon a snake while running this morning. I believe it is an eastern milk snake. Some members of my running party were not nearly as excited about finding him as I was.
Our baby chicks are doing well, getting feathers and stretching their wings!
And lastly, not mother nature related, but Mpix was having a print sale and I finally got an order in to take advantage....at 11:57pm on the last day. I don't know why it is so hard for me to get myself together, but looking forward to finally starting a new album for 2016.
Have a great weekend!