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Naturally Native Gifts Zazzle Gallery

Updated on March 10, 2015
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Yvonne writes about and photographs the flora and fauna of Louisiana, sharing knowledge she learned through study and personal experience.

Swallowtail Butterfly and Pickerel

Tiger swallowtail butterflies are often seen drinking nectar from the purple flowers of native pickerel weed.
Tiger swallowtail butterflies are often seen drinking nectar from the purple flowers of native pickerel weed. | Source

Nature Art, Photographs and Gifts for Any Season

We love to photograph, draw and paint nature and our Naturally Native Zazzle Gallery reflects our love of nature and the outdoors. We take pictures each day when we walk our 2 rescued dogs to the beautiful Tchefuncte River and we can share our view of the animals in our habitat by creating products on Zazzle.

What is Naturally Native Creations?

Naturally Native was born out of our love of nature, animals and the great outdoors. We enjoy Louisiana's scenic rivers and the abundant native flora and fauna and we want to share it with the world. Most of the photographs featured here were taken in Southeastern Louisiana both pre and post Katrina. The dog and cat subjects in our photos and art work are our very own, beloved rescued pets.

The proceeds from the sale of our products are used for our Little Tchefuncte Hummingbird Hill Habitat to purchase feed for the wildlife and native trees and shrubs to replace the hundreds that were lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina and other storms as well as man made disasters.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our photographs and reading about the flora and fauna. It's like taking a virtual tour of our habitat on the Little Tchefuncte River.

Every morning on our daily walk to the Little Tchefuncte River, I bring along a camera. We never know what we will see on the trails through the woods. The camera is also always handy throughout the day. Because we live in a backyard wildlife habitat, I often get good shots of unusual birds and animals as well as the hundreds of flowers and butterflies that visit them. It is wonderful to have a living studio in your own backyard.

Please visit our Zazzle Gallery to see more of our work. Most of the pictures featured here are available on a variety of print-on-demand product designs.

Birds

I love these small yellow birds with the blue-gray wings. We are fortunate to have Prothonotary warblers that nest on our property. They nest in cavities of all sizes and shapes. For several years birds have fledged from a small woven nest meant for domestic finches which we hung on the front porch of our house.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotaries also drink  nectar from flowers like this bottlebrush shrub.
Prothonotaries also drink nectar from flowers like this bottlebrush shrub.

Eastern bluebirds are permanent residents here in South Louisiana. During the winter, they flock together and travel through the forest foraging for berries. In late winter and early spring the males establish a territory which contains good natural nesting cavities or man made boxes. The females tour a males offerings of houses. If she chooses one, she begins building a nest.

Spring Bluebird

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When you create a bluebird nest box trail, you help many species of birds including:

  • Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds
  • Prothonotary Warblers
  • Chickadees
  • Tufted Titmice
  • Carolina Wrens
  • Brown Headed Nuthatches
  • Great Crested Flycatchers


Create Bluebird Habitat

Robins spend the winter with us. They arrive in late fall and feast on earthworms and berries. Native holly berries such as the yaupon in the photo are one of their favorites.

Winter Robin

Red-shouldered hawks are woodland predators. I happened to see this one swoop down and take a dove in our front yard. It then sat in an Oak tree and devoured it as I snapped away. Halfway through the session, my memory card reached its capacity so I had to run back into the house to get another. Lesson: you must always be prepared with an extra card and batteries on hand.


Red-Shouldered Hawk

Wildflowers

Louisiana is home to many lovely native plants. Perhaps one of the most famous is the Louisiana iris. The native blue iris is our state wildflower.

Blue Louisiana Iris

Wildflowers of Louisiana

The wildflowers of Louisiana poster features (from left to right):

  • Leather Flower (Clematis crispa)
  • Red Buckeye
  • Flame Azalea
  • Indian Pink
  • Blue Violets
  • Copper Iris (Iris fulva)
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Blazing Star Liatris
  • Piedmont Azalea


Louisiana Iris: Taming of a Native American Wildflower

Save Our Native Plants

We must become familiar with our native wildflowers and use them in landscaping. It will save water, time, money and will improve the environment.

Creating a backyard habitat will provide a refuge for the displaced wildlife and will also create an outdoor learning laboratory for you and your children.

Southern magnolias are striking evergreen trees with outstanding, fragrant flowers.

Magnolia Blossom

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Pale Blue Iris

Southern blue flag iris color can range from almost white to deep purplish blue. This pale one appeared among a group of blues.

Native sunflowers are a versatile plant. The colorful fall flowers attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The seed heads are filled with tiny seeds which are eaten by goldfinches and other small sunflowers.

Bumblebee on Sunflower

What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of the heaven.

— A.J. Balfour

Butterflies and Moths

Monarch butterfly numbers are declining, but by planting native plants such as these blue asters as well as it's larval plant, milkweed, you can help these lovely butterflies to make a come back.

Monarch Butterfly on Wild Asters

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Long-Tailed Skipper on Mist Flower

Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardening

Planting a garden for Butterflies and Hummingbirds will provide hours of enjoyment for everyone in the family.

Native mist flower, also called wild ageratum is an easy to grow butterfly magnet. Here a long-tailed skipper feeds on the nectar rich flowers.

Native passion vine has gorgeous flowers, edible fruit called maypops and is the host plant of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. The plant dies back to the ground each winter and comes back when the weather warms up in spring. The vines can grow 20 plus feet in a season.

Gulf Fritillary on Passion Vine

Hummingbird Clearwing moths are unusual because they fly during the day. Their coloration is similar to hummingbirds, so they are often mistaken for baby hummers. Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) is a native perennial herb which attracts butterflies, moths and hummingbirds.

Hummer Moth on Monarda

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.

— from Auguries of Innocence, by William Blake

Wild Animals

Since I was a child, I've loved the little masked faces of raccoons. They are truly rascals, but are so photogenic. They will wipe out a sunflower feeder in one night and keep coming back for more. We use sunflower seeds in only one place in the yard and put safflower in all the other feeders. The birds eat it, but the squirrels and masked raiders do not.

Shy Raccoon

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Buck Deer

Our wildlife cameras often catch pictures of the white-tailed deer that live in our habitat. This buck was a regular visitor to the winter feeding spot.

Mammals

When planning a wildlife habitat don't forget about the furry wild mammals that have also been displaced by man.

Cottontails abound here and often venture out in the early morning to munch on greens and weeds in the lawn. We had one that seemed to like our hens and every time we let them out it would feed near them.

Curious Rabbit

I hope you'll visit our Naturally Native store to see the posters, cards and other creations that I have designed.

Amphibians and Reptiles

These small treefrogs have loud voices. The males pick a spot near water and call to their lady love. This one chose our rain barrel.

Gray Treefrog

A pair of bronze frogs set up housekeeping in our water feature. The male sits on the head of a silly frog statue.

Bronze Frog

Speckled kingsnakes are beneficial constrictors which kill and eat vermin and also venomous snakes.

Speckled Kingsnake

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Many kinds of turtles live in the Little Tchefuncte River.

River Turtles

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life."

— John Burroughs

Pets Through the Seasons

Abigail was one of our early cats and such a pretty little girl.

Christmas Cat Nap - Abigail

Second Chance the cocker spaniel was a rescue. This was his first encounter with snow.

Cocker Spaniel in Snow

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Black Star aka Star Noir showed up one cold day in October after Hurricane Katrina.

Cautious Star Noir

We found Rio one extremely cold Christmas. Someone had dumped him and the rest of his litter near my Dad's house. We brought him home and he lived with us for almost 15 years. I miss him.

King Rio

Little Blaze stumbled up out of the ditch by our mailbox on a busy highway. We nursed her back to health and she has entertained us for years.

Blaze Cat Eyes

We adopted Dax from our Vet's office when the little orange kitten was about 6 weeks old. He grew and grew and now weighs almost 20 pounds. He's quite a cat.

Kitten Dax

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© 2008 Yvonne L. B.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      What a lot of work went into this beautiful Zazzle lens. Your photography is brilliant and so is your layout here. Blessed by an angel.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Fabulous lens. Love all things nature and birds are a big part. 5 stars and favorite. I'm already a big FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister and Cat-Woman

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Super! Inspiration for improving my lens! Wonderful images. I like them all!

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Beautiful creations! These are all amazing, but I think I like the mousepads the best. Great work with the presentation of the products. Keep it up!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      The fern tie is especially beautiful. *****

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      [in reply to Jewelsofawe] Make sure you are logged on to Zazzle. In a text module, you use the "link to this" code in Zazzle and delete the extra words, then string the code together with one space between (no returns). Adjust the size according to how many you want on each line. These are 190. The size is the number 325.jpg in img src. Just change the number. See https://hubpages.com/art/Zazzlegallery for more instructions. But now you can also use the new Zazzle module and just choose posters and a search term. But it will put the 9 most recent ones only.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great stuff! How did you get the posters done with all the photos on one? That is awesome!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

      Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Great showcase. This is an excellent lens to visit when Christmas shopping.

      5*

      Lizzy

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Beautiful posters! Love them! :)

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      Very nice lens. I love he bunnies especially; it's always a treat to see some when we go for a walk.

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      Tammy Winand 8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      Wow, what a very nice showcase! I love your posters most! 5* of course. I would love to feature you in the co-op gallery and you are also invited to our group!