A Chinese mantid ootheca (top) and a Carolina mantid ootheca (bottom). The young pines that ring the old field below my house are a popular place for mantids to secure their eggcases. It usually only takes a moment or two of looking to find several cases of each type. Can't wait to see the little ones come spring.
And now something totally unrelated...Posted just because I think it's pretty - I can't give you an ID, sorry. And sorry I couldn't post the picture using Hello. It would have looked a lot better if I could have.
Note: I am not liking this business of posting pictures with the "Blog This" button, but Hello tells me that "bloggerbotisdead."
And while I'm complaining, I may as well note that Google won't switch my blog to the new version and it won't tell me why. Good thing I am not an overly sensitive person or I would feel as if I am being singled out and picked on :O