Saturday, July 30, 2016

New Lives And Warm Weather Walk

Toad Lily


Tussock Moth larvae will defoliate a milkweed plant fast.The wingless female moth lays eggs on top of the cocoon she emerged from.


Only stems left after the  hatch and buffet
Prairie Castle
I so enjoy cannas
On the river






A tiny mint

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wild, Wild Flowers





Great Blue Heron




Indigo Bunting
Eastern Goldfinch






It seems cats can have a variety of uses. I was trying to find three small ones for juggling, but they always ran away. Duckie seems to adore this one, and amazingly it puts up with it.Soft and cuddly makes a good kitty pillow for a nap.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baby Woodpeckers

Perhaps you remember my finding this nest site and watching the first babies. This is a Red-bellied Woodpecker and the second brood they have  raised. I pulled up a chair and listened to their chatter each time a parent approached the nest.I stayed for a couple hours enjoying their activity.This is in a beautiful state park about one hour away, so I can go often. A nearby town boasts a favorite ice cream stand, Frosties, which always sounds good. It has been 95F (35C) so one must eat fast.Brain freeze!

Look at the baby on the side, a sign they will be leaving the nest soon
Life is good


Liatris

Lucky Luigia, looking rather sheepish after devouring 10 adolescent chickens earlier in the week. Bad Dog Louie is what my grandson calls him.He is still a pup at 8 months but is huge.A herding dog, he came close to leaving for a cattle operation.
How does one ever say no to Henry?
The woodpeckers sit on top of a 100 foot limestone outcropping.At one place the Middle River below goes in all four directions when you look down at it.
Bindweed
Common Whitetail
Halloween Pennant
Mother Red-winged Blackbird telling me off