Tag Archives: Yellow

Holly With Yellow Flowers

This yellow flower stalk caught my eye, as did the roving dangly legged insect.

Holly With Yellow Flowers and an Insect
Holly With Yellow Flowers and an Insect

He wasn’t too impressed and moved on.

Holly With Yellow Flowers
Holly With Yellow Flowers

There wasn’t much to the plant, the leaves you see here were all there were, about three or four feet (1 Meter) off the ground.

Holly With Yellow Flowers
Holly With Yellow Flowers

I had not noticed these flowers before and don’t know if they are typical winter bloomers or if the relatively mild winter we are in has brought them out early.

Holly With Yellow Flowers
Holly With Yellow Flowers

December Yellow

This burst of yellow called out when I passed down a narrow path on a recent afternoon at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  The plant was large, these blooms were slightly above my eye level.

Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower

Regrettably I didn’t even look for a plant tag but did get one isolated flower, looking something like a ballerina.

Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower

December 10, 2020

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13  at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory

There were actually dozens of them along the road, zipping in and out of the Morning Glories.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory

Zoom in on this last image and you’ll see some sort of a multi-segmented insect between the two Morning Glory blooms that I did not see at the time.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory

Also seen November 13, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary

 

Prothonotary Warbler Checking On Nest

This Prothonotary Warbler’s nest is in that cavity, and the parent spent several minutes poking his head in, like he was moving something around.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

I did not see if he brought something on this trip to the nest, like he did when I spotted the parent two days before: Prothonotary Warbler Bringing Food Home

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The hole is about my eye level and I did see one chick beak when I passed by.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The parent did fly off with a fecal sac, something I hadn’t seen up close before.

Prothonotary Warbler With Fecal Sack
Prothonotary Warbler With Fecal Sac

Prothonotary Warbler Bringing Food Home

Sitting just off the trail this Prothonotary Warbler was perched, but not singing, which is a common behavior. I didn’t notice at first that his beak was stuffed with lunch.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Not for himself, but he was taking this meal to his nest.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

He quickly stuck his head in…

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

then flew off for another serving.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

I didn’t hear any chicks so suspect he was feeding his brooding mate.

Narcissus and a Wildflower, Yellow

Narcissus of various types bloom in late December and into January in the South Carolina low country.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

I spotted several bunches of these petite yellow ones on a recent walk around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

They were in random spots with no other live vegetation around them which led me to a low key treatment.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

This petite yellow wildflower stalk caught my eye, too.

Yellow
Yellow Weed

Prothonotary Warbler in the Forest

The Prothonotary Warblers have returned to my area. Often you hear them before seeing them, even with this brilliant yellow.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

These images were taken at Beidler Forest which has many of the features these warblers like: tree cavities for nesting, damp forest floor, dense undergrowth and both standing and slow moving water.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

As I was leaving for the day one final Prothonotary Warbler crossed my path and perched on an open, if dimly lit, branch for a few moments.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Labyrinth: Yellow Path

The paths of the labyrinth at Mepkin Abby are currently created by a planting of yellow flowers, mostly Swamp Sunflowers, Helianthus angustifolius. Seen from the Abby’s entrance road it looks like an unkempt field of wildflowers.

Labyrinth From Road
Labyrinth From Road

As you get closer the entrance to the labyrinth invites you in, where you are surrounded by peaceful yellow. In many places the flowers were up to my shoulders.

Entrance to the Labyrinth
Entrance to the Labyrinth

In early October the sunflowers and grasses were heavy with blooms, some sagging into the path.

Labyrinth Path
Labyrinth Path

I saw the sign after I had exited the path. I could see I made it about half way before feeling closed in, stepping over the edge in a thin spot along the back. I didn’t realize how many insects there would be and how many unknown plants I would need to brush up against. Long pants and sleeves would have been a good choice for this journey except it was 90 degrees F (32 C).

Labyrinth Sign
Labyrinth Sign – “It is solved by walking.”

From Mepkin Abby materials:

Mepkin Abby is a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation on the Cooper River, north of Charleston, SC. The grounds and gardens are open daily to the public as part of their commitment to share their land.

This labyrinth is a seven circuit pattern and is a unicursal line that winds around itself with no dead ends. Follow the line all the way to the center, then reverse direction to exit.