The first new friend I found while walking on a trail was a Katydid. It was holding onto a flower and having a hard time moving on a cool damp morning. The fog had lifted and it was a beautiful day to enjoy the beauty around me.I felt a fan on my leg and discovered a huge bumblebee that had fallen from it's sleeping perch and was trying to get airborne. The shock of something that can sting made me brush it off rather quickly.The day was heating up and I was getting sweaty from all the humidity. I took off my shirt and felt the warm sun.I headed toward a wetland hoping to catch a glimpse of a Teal that had nested there all summer. It usually hears me coming and as always flew off hailing all around with a warning.
The purple pollen is all over this bee. Look at the huge pollen sack on it's rear leg. They are working hard getting ready for frost.
Will you hold still for a closeup? It did, and then jumped away.
I wondered who sampled this Fairy Ring mushroom, a sure sign of approaching fall.
A giant Puffball sits nearby. these are edible if you catch them before they form millions of spore inside. They almost appear to look like a skull when seen from the distance.
Its the good life, out on the land I so enjoy.
This is a male Monarch. If you look at three stripes from the bottom there is a small enlargement in the middle of the stripe. That is a scent gland that drives the gals crazy.
It was nice to have you along, I usually hike by myself, so I had someone to share good thoughts with.