Thursday, April 9, 2009

Orange / Bug (2 things challenge)

The ladybug is enjoying what I believe is a non-native plant at the Portuguese Bend Reserve, previously shown here. When I helped out removing invasive plants from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Orange Co. last year, I became more aware of how the non-natives can push out the native. Here is a good brochure offering native landscaping options - Cal-IPC: LANDSCAPING-So Cal

Here is a beauty in orange that is fully contained next to the post office.
Join the 2 Things Challenge hosted by DC Confidential.

17 comments:

altadenahiker said...

come on, that's not a real ladybug, is it?

Julie said...

I do like your ladybug photo. The light would have been a challenge but your focusing brings out her shape and colours just brilliantly.

Almost Precious said...

I adore ladybugs, they are so cute and so good for the garden. Know what you mean about invasive plants, in Florida we have more than our share. I'm in a battle with the incredibly prolific Brazilian Pepper tree, it is trying to take over our property and seems to be winning !

Jackie said...

Oh what a fantastic macro! We call them ladybirds on this side of the Pond.

Cezar and Léia said...

What a perfect picture!It is so good and such lucky thing to find!Congratulations Tash! I loved this post!
Many thanks!
Léia

marley said...

two stunnigly good photos! I like the little ladybug (ladybird over here!)

Vogon Poet said...

Not to diminish the second one, but the first image is awesome! Great macro, excellent colors.

Vivian said...

I love ladybugs! Great shot of this little guy here....interesting colors on his/her head with the black and white. It's so clear. And the orange flower is striking!

Bibi said...

Here a ladybug is called 'buba mara,' and I love to find them. The orange flowers are beautiful; almost look like a painting.

Clueless in Boston said...

They both could almost be orange. Don't lady bugs sometimes look more orangey than red?

Snapshutter said...

Nice palette of colors.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Good for you on the wetlands upkeep. I've visited those wetlands also. Funny, I went to the site for native verses non native species. I had pulled my Pampus grass out but discovered my witches broom was on the invasive list. I'm surprised

Dusty Lens said...

Love the colors here! Funny, I chose the same theme for this challenge.

exposemaximum said...

Gorgeous flowers :)

Creative Vignettes said...

The two things challenge is a fun idea! Love those orange flowers, and you got a wonderful close up of the ladybug!
~Abby

The Artful Eye said...

Beautiful images. Portuguese Bend Reserve looks like a great place to explore.

Maya said...

Both nice shots! I'd love to plant native plants in the future garden of my future house!