Saturday, November 26, 2016

Critters lower down

Last week, blogger friend, Sandra said she'd read on a photography blog we should look "lower down" for interesting critters. 

This week I did just that and was amply rewarded! 
A colourful beetle on a wildflower in the paddock with the newly planted pecan nut trees 
A green grasshopper on a drainpipe

Early one morning when the dogs and I returned from our walk, I noticed Skabenga gazing  looking down at something on the grass 
I zoomed in on it and then picked up to show Grant. He identified it as the tail feather of an owl. We do have a resident Spotted Eagle-owl in the garden (not yet seen but heard only in the wee hours of the morning) 

While collecting water from the rainwater tank, I looked down (it's a boring job, collecting water) and saw a furry thing wriggling along in the grass. After filling the container, I brought it into the kitchen, grabbed my camera and went back to the tank. 

A large hairy worm - caterpillar - not identified

During the day, the dogs and go for several walks; mostly in the line of work - for me - and fun for the dogs! When I returned and came inside, Grant said I had something hairy on my shirt. He flicked it off. I checked closely and saw that it was a hairy black caterpillar. I slid it onto a sheet of paper and carried it outside. I placed it on a small shrub. 
It had interesting spikes which stood erect 
while it clambered onto the safety of a green leaf 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters here

Wishing you all a wonderfully, critter-filled Saturday. 


  1. Yes we probably miss a lot from not lookingdown or even up and you found a lot of interesting critters. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. I like to look up and bumped against a letter box for example. Mr. G. always looks down and finds coins !

  3. I am sure one sees less at eye level, looking down, or up, always seems to me to be more successful. Have a good weekend Diane

  4. oh wow, now you are forcing me to take my own advice and go walkabout looking down. you found so many treasures, even the one that rode inside with you.. I did the look beyond the horizon part, a post coming up... you did GOOD>

  5. A variety of African creepy crawlies. Well found.

  6. Hello Jo, you found some neat critters looking down. I like the grasshopper and the caterpillars. Wonderful collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  7. Good to look down, up, and all around. See the big and the small. You found some cool critters.


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