Today’s Featured Fan – Tamara Martin

Gardening Cook Fan Tamara Martin’s Photos

The fans of my Facebook page are always submitting photos of their gardens and projects for me to consider for this website and The Facebook page – The Gardening Cook.

Normally, I include a photo or two in specific articles, such as vegetable harvests, or garden flowers. But every once in a while, a fan’s submissions are so fabulous that I feature just their photos.  This is the case with page fan Tamara Martin.

Tamara is not a professional photographer, but one would not realize that from her photos – they are that good.  She recently submitted several photos for me to consider for the site and I loved all of them.  I’ve divided the photos into several themes. Today’s presentation is Tamara’s photos of butterflies, bugs and other insects.

Pretties and Uglies in the GardenGrab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired.  First the uglies!

These first three of these pictures were taken this time last year. The bee swarm stayed for nearly two weeks.  Banana SpiderThis banana spider was the most hideous thing! It built a web in the oak tree in the yard. King SnakeThe king snake sneaked up behind Tamara when she was sitting on the ground waiting to photograph a green heron.  Imagine her surprise.  I bet it made her jump!

Swarm of beesThis swarm of bees last two weeks!

NestTamara said that she had hoped that she could keep this nest for her brother-in-law’s taxidermy.  But when the cold weather took care of the bees, a raccoon tore it apart before she could claim it.

And now the pretties:

SwallowtailFull front photo of a swallowtail butterfly.  I keep trying to get photos with the wings out like this and usually do not manage it.Swallowtail

Another photo of a swallowtail feeding.Caterpillar on cotton budHairy caterpillar feeding on a cotton bud.Swallowtail feeding on a butterfly bush

Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush.Dragonfly on a porch postThis dragonfly’s favorite perch is a plant hook at the front porch. Tamara says that he is there most of the time.

Ladybug on a dogwood flowerCute little ladybug on a dogwood flower.

bumble bee on mimosa tree blossomHere is a bumble bee that Tamara captured on the mimosa tree bloom. She is still looking for that carpenter bee!

Bee feeding on a sunflowerA bee feeding on a plump sunflower blossom.

Praying mantis close up extreme close up of praying mantisThese two photos are amazing.  Tamara says “I tried to take some macro photographs of this guy today and he took my camera. He seemed so convinced that it was his that I had to take him off of the camera four times!”

Be sure to check back for updates to this page soon. I’ll be featuring more of Tamara’s photos, including some of wildlife, some general gardening photos and an amazing array of flower photos.

Thanks so much for sharing your photographic skills with us, Tamara!

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