On the downside, this summer I had a hard time finding water-loving cardinal flowers again (in a spot where I had seen many last year) - because someone had used a weed-whacker right up to the water's edge!
under the lower wing, you can just barely see the identifying white "comma" mark -
(click to enlarge any of these)
A bumblebee, fully absorbed in a turtlehead flower. It seems tailor-made for him!
A dragonfly was dipping into the water, over and over. I tried to capture the moment she touched the water, but it was all too quick for me! What was she doing?
A slimey green frog enjoying his slimy-ness.
Along the way, was a girl whose dog who was not at ALL interested in going for a swim.
For several years, a white squirrel has been seen along the northern part of the path. (Last year, I found out that there may be more than one of them.) They don't seem to be true albinos, since the one I saw last winter had brown eyes.
It was the fact that parts of the shrub were shaking that drew my attention.
By standing quietly for a long while, the source of the shaking was revealed.
The squirrel would crawl down one branch, reaching out and picking off a nutlet:
then move to another branch (where I could photograph her more easily, thank you) to eat it.
She was really packing them away! They must have been tasty.
Classic catbird pose showing all of his field-marks -
He ate a berry.
First he extended one of his wings a little, then tilted his head - as if he was stretching:
It was as if he was in a freaky trance.
Does anyone know what in the world he was doing?