Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Giant moths of Florida!

Here is a polyphemus moth from the Florida scrub. These moths live in a wide variety of habitats throughout North America. Unlike many butterflies and moths who have a specific host plant, the polyphemus moth can live on many trees including oak, willow, maple, and lots of fruit trees.

Polyphemus moth


A common large moth in Florida




Sunday, May 10, 2015

Coral snakes in the Florida scrub

One of the reasons there are coral snakes in the Olivia Brophie books is because there are so many that live in my yard! I've been trying for years to get a photo of one, but they always seem to arrive when I don't have my camera. Plus, they are shy. Our new neighbor was visiting our house yesterday and took this snapshot. What a beauty!  To see more of Brent's photographs and his amazing woodwork, visit his site at www.brentsnaturedesigns.com

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Central Florida Author School Visits

I love visiting schools and inspiring young readers. In turn, my fans inspire me to keep writing!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Glasswing Butterflies

Beautiful glasswing butterfly at the Cloudbridge Reserve in the Chirripo Mountains of Costa Rica. It's so magical to be surrounded by hundreds of these delicate creatures flying around you.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kids love reading Olivia Brophie books

I have received so many photos over the years of kids reading Olivia Brophie books when they should have been doing something else. 

#CaughtReadingAtWork

#CaughtReadingInMathClass

#CaughtReadingAtDinner

#CaughtReadingAtBedtime




#CaughtReadingAtRecess

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Two Florida Scrub Wildflowers

Blooming now. Both pennyroyal and lupin prefer sandy, disturbed soils; perfect for the Florida scrub.

Lupin with typical scrub habitat in the background

Close-up of lupin - (Lupinus)

Wild Pennyroyal - Piloblephis rigida