When Fashion & Nature Collide: July Edition

I am so excited to share July’s Edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Once again, this month is packed with stunning photography, amazing art and fashion features that will truly inspire all!  Nature, in Michigan, is loving the sunshine and is out in full force!


On the third Wednesday of each month, we celebrate 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 highly recommend you visit 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 the fifth edition of…

When Fashion and Nature Collide: July Edition


Critter Photography Features

The Magical Damselfly

sunflowers, bugs,garden 8-16-17 024 - copieDamselfly – Damselflies are one of my favorite critters to capture in the garden. They are truly fairies in disguise!
These beautiful insects are of the suborder of Zygoptera, in the order Odonata. They are very similar to dragonflies, but are smaller in size. When at rest, most species fold their wings along their body. Damselflies eat small, soft-bodied insects like aphids and mosquitoes. Bonus! These stunning creatures are found on every continent except Antarctica.


photo jul 11, 11 48 10 am

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda, Flower Photography by The Arty Plantsman, Dragonfly Art by LisMorePaper

The Gray Tree Frog

photo jun 03, 8 35 17 pmThe Gray Tree Frog: is a species native to much of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. These magical creatures have the ability to camouflage their lumpy skin, from gray to green. This tree frog is found in woodland ponds and swamps, and is capable of surviving freezing temperatures.  These adorable creatures will congregate around house lights, at night, to enjoy a tasty insect feast!


photo jul 09, 7 11 12 pm
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:

wfnc hats & music
Created by LisMorePaper

The Arty Plantsman



Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 6th Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, on August 15th. Did you miss a past edition? No worries…
March Edition

April Edition

May Edition

June Edition

“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


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

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It’s a Girl!

What is it about babies?  I love babies!  Human babies…critter babies…they are all completely adorable!  Baby bees are new to my list of cuteness.  I must admit, they are at the very top!  This little sweetie welcomed me to the hive, during inspection today.


Baby Worker Bee 

Now keep in mind, the female worker bee constitutes the majority of the colony’s population.  Worker bees do most of the chores for the hive, except for the laying of the eggs which is done by the Queen. These lovely ladies live only 6 weeks during the colony’s busy season.  However, during the winter months, worker bees live up to 4-8 months.  As the worker bee ages, she loses her fuzzy hairs and becomes darker in color.


Now over 21 days old, these worker bees become field bees. Their main job is to collect pollen and nectar, to sustain the colony.

In this photo, you can see worker bees tending to the brood.  The closed yellow cells hold the hive’s future worker bees.  The open cells are where the baby bees have already chewed their way out. The queen will lay a new egg in the open cells, and the amazing  process will begin, once again.


The open cells, in the photo below, are filled with pollen.  The closed cells, that look like Kix cereal, in the upper right hand corner, are capped drone brood.  The drone bees are the only male bees in the colony.  They make up an extremely small percentage of the hive’s total population. They have one job and one job only…to fertilize the queen bee.  Because of this, the ladies tolerate the drone’s presence.  Once mating season comes to a close, the drone bees are tossed out the front door, by the worker bees! Life is tough for a drone.

It was another exciting hive inspection day.  Queen Thelma and Louise both said hello today, too.  It was nice to see them and their freshly laid eggs.  Until next week!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Jut Be You….



Roda’s Critter Connection: Eastern Carpenter Bee

Although most children are afraid of bees, I was that little girl chasing them with my camera, from flower to flower.  My passion for bees started at a very young age. To this day, I find myself following large bumbles, throughout the gardens.

eastern carpenter bee in flight

I feel bless to have a carpenter bee (xylocopa virginica) nest in one of our retaining wall.  Although most would panic, I am filled with joy! These huge bumbles are just fabulous! They feed on pollen and nectar, while nesting in tunnels and in dead wood.

Look at those eyes!

There are no queens in the colony.  The dominant females are responsible for reproduction, foraging and nest construction.

A female eastern carpenter bee

It looks like the Miss Kim Lilacs are a hit with these fuzzy friends!


 BEE the change you wish to see in the world.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You