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Empress of the Garden

What smells like a skunk and looks like a pineapple?

And, no, it's not a pineapple that was sprayed by a skunk.

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A welcome visitor to the Square Foot Garden

Last year the Black Swallowtail butterfly was named the official State Butterfly of New Jersey. On September 14th as I tended the RRA Square Foot Garden, I was rewarded with the sighting of one of these beautiful butterflies fluttering about.


On close examination, I noticed that this butterfly was not on an excursion for nectar. In fact, it was depositing its tiny yellow eggs on the tops of the leaves of the carrot plants that we have growi...

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What's Beautiful Now? August 2016

August is upon us and with it brings not only the hum of Dog Day Cicadas (Tibicen canicularis), but  fabulous summer flowers and the bugs who love them.  The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has kindly allowed me to use it as a model in many of the following shots.

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