Critter Connection: Incy Wincy Style

I was excited to meet up with a few old friends in the gardens!

Spring is definitely here!


What a sweetie!


This little friend was just waking up!

I understand that many do not hold a passion for spiders.  Trust me, I never did until a few years ago.  Something magical happened, when I took the time to really examine them, behind the lens.  They are so intricate and fascinating to observe.  Next time you have a shoe in hand, ready to squish that 8 legged garden friend, stop for just a moment and remember that we all have a special place here on Mother Earth…spiders included.


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Roda’s Critter Connection

I have been on a very serious hunt for Spring!  It is April, right?  Yet, we had an ice storm this weekend and the kids have a snow day today!  A snow day…in April!  Are you kidding me?!  I did notice this adorable lady bird, crawling around on my rosemary plants.  At least the critters are waking up and finding their way inside!  (Insert eye roll!)


Grab your camera and share your favorite critter!

Happy Spring…I think!

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When Fashion & Nature Collide: March Edition

Fashion is such a beautiful form of self-expression.  Although, I do enjoy clothing, I admit that I am not a poster child for the latest fashion craze.  If sandals, embroidered floral jeans and “I  my donkey” tees are in style, then I am golden!  I do find it interesting to learn about current trending styles and colors, but I will always be true to myself.   Feeling confident and comfortable, in my clothing, always makes me feel extra fabulous! As I always say, JUST BE YOU!

Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life.  Nature is inspiring!  Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode!  Mother Nature’s inspiration is endless… we just need to slow down and take the time to notice.

On the third Wednesday of each month, you will experience the beautiful collision between nature and fashion. Keep in mind, my focus will be to share a detailed background of my critter photography, featured in the current edition.  I will reblog the other three posts, from The Arty Plantsman (botanical photography), LisMorePaper (Artist) and 3C Style (Fashion) to present you with “When Fashion & Nature Collide” in its entirety.

With that being said, I hope you enjoy…

When Fashion and Nature Collide

March Edition

Critter Photography Features

Silver Sebright Bantam Chicken

Sebright Bantam – The Sebright is a breed of chicken named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright. This fantastic little breed, weighing only 20 oz., is one of the oldest recorded British “true” miniature breeds. Most bantam breeds have a corresponding full-size version, but not the Sebright. This little one is in a class all alone! Through a very selective ornamental breeding process, this beauty was created in the 19th century.
Sebrights are gorgeous creatures that have slate blue skin and non-feathered legs. Their feathers are laced around the edges with black and have a base color of either dark gold or silver. Their combs, ear lobes and wattles vary from bright red to mulberry. The hens are not prolific egg layers and only produce 60-80 creamy-white eggs each season. Sebrights are extremely friendly and very social birds, while retaining a strong flying ability. This breed is generally hardy and is a beautiful addition to any backyard flock.

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Sebright Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a Chrysanthemum

Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica Undecimpunctata) This colorful beetle is native to North America. Although it has a major cute factor, it is known as a serious pest to gardeners and farmers. In adult form, the spotted cucumber beetle damages leaves of many crops. During the larval form, this pest is known as the southern corn rootworm. It spends its days tunneling through the roots of tender plants, eventually killing them. Adult beetles are greenish-yellow and have six large black spots on each side of the sheath. They make their home throughout southern Canada, continental USA and parts of Mexico. Although this is a stunning insect to photograph, I highly recommend keeping a close eye on your veggies, if the spotted cucumber beetle comes to visit!

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

For a look at the big picture of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, don’t forget to visit the rest of the team:

Darren –

Dominique –

Lisa –

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Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 2nd Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide“, on April 18th

“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.”

~ Roda


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