Fireworks on Idependence Day! 

Photos by: Cindie Harper


A Visit from a Praying Mantis

So today I was sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather and this little guy decided to visit. 

Aka Mantis Relgiosa. They have very long front legs that they hold in a position that reminds people of praying. Praying mantids are carnivores, eating mainly insects and other small animals. Many gardeners and farmers welcome mantids, because the insects they eat are often pests that hurt crops. 

The mantids also eat spiders, frogs, lizards, and even small birds.

 They can turn their heads 180 degrees—an entire half circle. They’re well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. 

Photos by: Cindie Harper


Hemerocallis fulva, the orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily (also railroad daylily, roadside daylily, outhouse lily, and wash-house lily), is a species of daylily native to Asia. 

It is not a true lily in the genus Lilium, but gets its name from the similarity of the flowers and from the fact that each flower lasts only one day. 

Friend: Daily Post Prompt

She is by far the bestest friend I’ve ever had. I am not ashamed to admit that my best, most loyal friend was furry. She passed away a little over a year ago and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. She was loyal, loving and always kept my secrets. I can honestly say that I have never had all of those qualities in a human friend. Ever. 

Rainbow Knockout Roses

The original and Rainbow variety of Knockout Roses were named as “All-America Rose Selections” in 2000 and 2007. 

Knockout Roses are just like any other rose. One of those ways is that they do best with no less than six to eight hours of sunlight every day. 

These rose bushes get pretty large, ranging from three to five feet tall and wide. Some sources claim they can reach as high as eight feet if not pruned.