Jurassic Park at the Little House in the Big Woods

At the little house in the big woods, it’s that time of year again. The full-grown hostas, only slightly chewed by slugs and snails, have gotten so large that it seems as though I’ve stepped back in time to the Jurassic era. Really, the hostas are so huge and so muscular that they are almost unmanageable. I know I should cut them back, and from time to time I do, but mostly I just allow them to have their own way. My yard is not exactly a gardener’s dream, and hostas are one of the few plants that actually thrive here in the dry shade. So, let ’em grow!



Despite my grumblings, I must that admit there are other flowers ablooming, and in fact my gardens are at their peak right now. (Note, however, the fringe of the ever-present hostas.)


I have lived at the little house in the big woods for over thirty years, and I thought I had seen every insect that makes its way into my yard. But, no. Yesterday I came across this little fringed creature. Anyone have any idea what it is? It just goes to show that even after thirty years, a small plot of land can teach you something new.


There can be no doubt what the little winged creature below is. The wonder is that my wee camera managed to capture him at all. Score one for the persistent photographer who constantly takes pictures of birds but seldom gets a good shot.


A moment of triumph, indeed.

13 thoughts on “Jurassic Park at the Little House in the Big Woods”

  1. You had your lucky day then, with an insect and a bird. Nice captures. The hostas look impressive indeed and they go well with the ferns. I love the cat in the middle (it is a cat, isn’t it?).

  2. Your yard looks beautiful! Haha, you made me laugh about the hostas. Actually, I also have lots of hostas, and I am also grateful that they are willing to grow and flower in the shady beds. Fascinating bug, no idea what it is. Lovely humming bird!

    1. Thanks, Carina. After the comments I’ve received, I’m starting to feel better about those muscular hostas. Let ’em grow seems to be the prevailing attitude, and that I will do.

  3. Lush and beautiful. I have so many Hosta it is like they are taking over the property, but except for periodically thinning one out here and there to donate to the MG plant sale, I just can’t bare to bother them. They are beautiful, require little care, and cover the ground with their big skirts so I don’t have to weed. All good things. πŸ™‚ I don’t know who your feathered insect is but I do envy your feathered visitor. I’ve had my feeder hung out since April, change it, and wait. No visitors. 😦

    1. Thanks, Judy. I like your attitude about hostas, and from now on it will be mine, too. Oh, sorry that you don’t have any of those feathered beauties visiting your yard.

  4. Oh, those elusive hummingbirds. Not only did you get a shot, but you captured the lovely ruby throat! Let’s hope that insect isn’t some horrible invader from down south.

    1. Thanks, Brenda. Yes, let’s hope the insect is something innocuous that doesn’t like to munch on leaves and flowers.

    1. Thanks, Beth. I’m having it printed with the possibility of having it for a card.

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