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Postcards from the Hedge

Updated on March 5, 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.

Sulphur Turks Cap

Sulfur butterflies visit the nectar rich giant turk's cap flowers in fall.
Sulfur butterflies visit the nectar rich giant turk's cap flowers in fall. | Source

Bird, Animal, Plant and Nature Postcards on Zazzle

We have always enjoyed collecting postcards of our favorite animals or scenes and we love to photograph nature. So we decided to feature postcards of some of our best nature and animal photographs here on this page and also tell you about the flora and fauna in each shot .

Postcards are not just for keeping in touch. They can be used for many arts and crafts projects. We like to use postcard size photographs of birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, amphibians and other animals to make attractive framed picture collages to decorate our home. When I taught school, I used picture postcards in a variety of thematic units and learning activities. All of these and more are available at our Naturally Native Creations Gallery on Zazzle.

We hope you enjoy viewing the animals and plants of Louisiana.

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Dax and Chance Share

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Dax the orange cat and 2nd Chance, the rescued Cocker Spaniel are best buddies. They often share a nap and Dax always meows to alert me when 2nd Chance is ready to come in. My two "red heads" enjoy exploring and playing in the yard. Here are some of the plants and animals that they encounter.

Nature Photography

We love to photograph and paint nature and we hope that our photographic and art postcards will help spread the word about the interesting plants and animals that inhabit our great state of Louisiana. All of these postcards (and more) are available on our 3 galleries on Zazzle: Naturally Native Creations, Louisiana Lagniappe and Wild & Wonderful Louisiana . We hope you enjoy viewing these and if you want to see more, be sure to visit our gallery.

We hope you enjoy the photographs.

Winter Robin

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Prothonotary Warbler

Song Birds

We are so blessed to have an abundance of songbirds in our habitat on the Tchefuncte River in southeastern Louisiana. We enjoy their color and song all year round. The ones you see below are: American Robin and Prothonotary Warbler. Robins visit our habitat in Southeastern Louisiana during winter. They eat holly berries including the yaupon shown in the picture. The lovely Prothonotary Warblers breed in wet areas in spring and summer. Prothonotary numbers are increasing here because we provide good habitat and nest boxes.

Bluebird Male

Bluebird Pair

Bluebirds

Since we live in a woodland habitat, we don't have as many nesting Eastern Bluebirds as we would like, but luckily a pair uses one of the boxes around the pond each year. As we open up more areas and add birdhouses, their numbers increase.

Eastern Bluebirds Guide

Wild Bird Guide: Eastern Bluebird (Wild Bird Guides)
Wild Bird Guide: Eastern Bluebird (Wild Bird Guides)

If you want to learn more about Eastern Bluebirds then this is the book for you.

 

Cardinal in Holly

Cardinal Nest

Cardinals

The bright red color of the male Northern Cardinals brightens the winter months and his cheerful song enlivens the spring. Many cardinals nest in the shrubs and thickets of our habitat. The females aren't as colorful as the males, but are lovely in their own right. Their fawn brown feathers with touches of red help to camouflage them while they incubate the eggs.

Really Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Female

Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Ever since Hurricane Katrina downed over one hundred mature pine trees, we have had an abundance of Red-bellied and other woodpeckers. We have enjoyed watching and taking pictures of the whole nesting process, from drilling out the nesting hole to weaning the young.

Male red-bellied woodpeckers have red coloration from the top of the head all the way down the nape of the neck. Females only have red color on the nape of the neck. Both feed and care for the young.

Ruby Thoat After Chase

Ruby-throat Sips

Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the only species of Hummingbird that nests in Louisiana.The males have bright red throat patches called gorgets. The females and young have grayish-white throats.

During the winter, though, we often have other species of winter migrants that visit our yards. We have photographed many Ruby-throated hummers in the spring and summer, as well as Buff-bellied, Calliope and Rufous during the winter.

Red Shouldered Hawk With Prey

Eastern Screech Owl

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey are part of a healthy habitat. They help keep the rodent population down and keep things in balance. Screech Owls and Red-shouldered Hawks are common visitors to our habitat. The hawks build large nests of sticks in trees while the screech owls nest in cavities and large birdhouses like those built for wood ducks.


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Monarch on Lantana

Swallowtail on Pickerel Weed

Stokes Butterfly Book

Stokes Butterfly Book : The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior
Stokes Butterfly Book : The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior

The Stokes Butterfly Book shows both butterflies and their caterpillar. It also suggests plants that will attract butterflies to your garden.

 

Butterflies

We have several butterfly gardens that provide both nectar for adult butterflies and food for the caterpillars. We have photographed several of the showy species of butterflies that inhabit Louisiana.

Some of the species include:

  • Monarch
  • Tiger Swallowtail
  • Long-tailed Skipper
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Coma
  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Dusky Skipper
  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Red Spotted Purple
  • Buckeye
  • American Painted Lady

Hummingbird Moth

Black and White Buck Moth

Moths and Other Insects

The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth is a type of sphinx moth that feeds during the day. It is often mistaken for a "baby" hummingbird.

The buck moth is a beautiful species, but its caterpillars are covered with spines that "sting". Here in the South we call them stinging caterpillars and know it's best not to sit on benches under oak trees when they are on the move.

Black and Blue Damselfly

Bee and Taiwan Cherry

Insects

Insects and other pollinators are a very important link in the cycle of life. Without them, many of our fruit and vegetable plants would not produce. By planting masses of native plants and wildflowers that honeybees and native pollinators need, we help keep populations strong.

Damselflies are diminutive and delicate creatures similar to dragonflies.Some like the one shown here are iridescent.

Shy Raccoon

Curious Cottontail

Mammals

Our habitat supports a healthy population of mammals. We use fencing and ultrasonic animal repellers to keep them from eating our fruits and vegetables. By using safflower rather than sunflower in some feeders, raccoon and squirrel damage and waste can be avoided.

Mammals Signs and Tracks

Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species

This handy guide will help you identify prints and/or scat left by an animal in North America.

 

Bronze Frogs Reflect

River Turtles

Waterscapes, Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and Amphibians are another important predator in the habitat and especially in the organic garden. They provide free pest control service without the use of harmful chemicals.

Black Racer Sunning

Kitten Dax

Blaze Cat Eyes

Star Noir by Water

Pets

Most of our pets found us. We either adopted or rescued all of our current furry friends. Dax, the mischievous orange kitten is the youngest of the group. Blaze Star, who stumbled up out of a ditch on a busy highway is the oldest. Lovely Star Noir, the diva showed up one October just before Halloween. Second Chance, the rescued cocker spaniel is still a work in progress. Little Pepper Cat is the newest member of the tribe which was founded by Rio, the part Catahoula, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge when he was almost 15 years old.

Each member of our peaceable kingdom has their own personality and story to tell. You may enjoy reading more about them in Our Pets' Story.

Cocker Spaniel Snow

The seeds we plant today

With sun and rain and rest

Will grow to be the shade

That all the land wears best.

— Dick Hayman

Native Pink Azalea

Rhododendron canescens
Rhododendron canescens

Blue Louisiana Iris

Wildflowers and Native Plants

By including many beautiful native flowers and plants in our landscaping, we have reduced our maintenance time and cost considerably. We also have reduced air and water pollution because we don't need to use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.

Gulf Coast Plain Wildflowers

© 2008 Yvonne L. B.

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      @BarbRad: Thanks for the heads-up about the TOC links. I could have sworn they worked the other day. Yes, birds are really hard to photograph. We hide in the bushes a lot.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Took me a while to find the other pages, since the links in the middle didn't work. Took me some time to find the top links, which did work, but it was worth the search. I'd love to see your wildlife sometime in person. Our wildlife here won't pose for me -- especially the birds. Our trees can be full of birdsong, but I can't see who's providing it. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love this lens. Page breaks nicely done.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens, thank you.

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      fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

      Great nature photos and postcards. You did a great job at capturing some of the more difficult subjects!

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Really pretty! I'm lensrolling this to my own postcard-related lens.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 8 years ago

      Lovely lens, and great punny title! Love it!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Beautiful work! *****

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

      Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      With internet and e-mail postcards and letters are becoming a thing of the past. I love getting postcards, especially from someone who's on a trip. For a couple of minutes I can pretend...

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      Sniff It Out 9 years ago

      Fantastic postcards, wonderful pictures... your lens was a joy to browse through! 5*****

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L lens -- Yes, beautiful! That red-bellied woodpecker surely looks like the piliated that we have in FL. They are SO unique to watch. Your lens is spectacular and could easily be a LOTD. 5******