Friday, August 26, 2011

Visually Inspiring Online Journal

Artful Blogging is an inspiring trendy magazine about blogging published by Stampington and Company.  It is printed quarterly.  This cover belongs to the May, June, and July 2011 issue.  Jessica Rose and several other bloggers give voice to  ideas they're blogging and what they have learned from blogging.  Gleaning several ideas from what I have read the following is a short list of tips:
Prepare posts in advance
Create a list of topics 
Keep a picture folder
Review and purge posts

When reviewing Mary Carroll suggests to look for areas of growth, clarify focus, and change perspective if necessary.  Blogs change as one develops and grows.  

The many ideas inspire me to be creative, sharpen focus, and grow as an artist and a person.  I hope you take some time to read a variety of online journals and be inspired.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Today's butterfly count:

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly 6
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                                                                     Monarch 4
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Black Swallowtail Butterfly 4
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Charlie Brown Tomato Plant

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The Five Spotted Hawkmoth (Manucaquinquemaculata) is a brown 
and gray hawk moth of the Sphingidae family. The caterpillar is often 
referred to as the tomato hornworm and can be a major pest in 
gardens. Tomato hornworms are closely related to (and sometimes 
confused with) the tobacco hornworm  (Manduca sexta). This 
confusion arises because caterpillars of both species feed on the 
foliage of various plants from the family Solanaceae, so either species 
can be found on tobacco or tomato leaves, and the plant on which the 
caterpillar is found does not indicate its species. The larvae of these 
species can be distinguished by their lateral markings; tomato horn 
worms have eight V-shaped markings while tobacco horn worms have 
seven diagonal lines.  Furthermore, the caterpillars can be 
distinguished from the larval stage on wards by the color of the horns 
on their back ends: M. quinquemaculata caterpillars have black horns, 
while Manduca sexta caterpillars have red horns. The moths can be 
distinguished by the number of spots on their abdomen, with M. 
quinquemaculata having five.

When you are out in th evening and see a lovely moth you might want 
to look a little closer and observe.  Does he have five spots?  Watch for 
signs of missing leaves of tomato plants and closely inspect for a caterpillar on the vine. They may be hard to see, but be diligent or you may end up with a "Charlie Brown Tomato Plant."