A ruby-throated hummingbird makes a discover

Late summer through early fall is that time when ruby-throated hummingbirds come through central Pennsylvania in large numbers. Among those who stop in my backyard at Cooper’s Pond there is always at least one individual.

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From a Sunday walk

Here we are, on the precipice of WWIII, if not already falling downward, about which I and most everyone have no say whatsoever. However, I can share my views of nature from photos taken during my walk on Sunday morning.

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A monarch emerging

About ten days after a monarch caterpillar forms its chrysalis, it is ready to come out and face the world – as a butterfly.

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A tiger swallowtail

In central Pennsylvania, I’m likely to encounter an eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) from late spring through early fall, and that’s a true pleasure because it is a large and beautiful butterfly.

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Aphrodite in my backyard

That is, an Aphrodite fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite), a large and beautiful butterfly. It came to dine on the black knight butterfly bush and allowed several different views.

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A ruby-throated hummingbird

In addition to this being a good year for hummingbird moths, hummingbirds have also been frequent visitors. From about the last half of August to the first nine days of September, whenever I looked outside, I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird feeding, either at hyssop, butterfly bush, or the rose of Sharon blossoms.

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A snowberry clearwing

Of the two hummingbird-style moths in central Pennsylvania (that is, the snowberry and the hummingbird), the snowberry is the smaller of the two, having a body size equivalent to a large bumblebee.

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Excerpts from Gilded Basilisk reviews

My goal is twofold here, as I continue to learn about blogging. The overall goal, obviously, is to present a few excerpts from reviews which The Gilded Basilisk has received. The other goal is to see how well I fare with visually setting up quotes. And here we go: Presenting four review excerpts (taken from Amazon reviews):

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A red squirrel

The eastern red squirrel is the acrobat of the squirrel world, and, photographically speaking, I have the advantage of a nearby tree opposite my living room (in State College, Pennsylvania) sliding doors to have a good view of red activities. (This also happens to be my test for adding photos to a post as well as working out the miracle of the “read more” button.)

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Success!

Today’s accomplishment is to have my latest novel (and available via a link), Thora’s Dagger, in the right-hand portion of my blog. Considering how I’m feeling my way around starting a blog, I’m pleased by that. My next step will be how to have photos or artwork available in the main portion of my blog.

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