The biggest anomaly this year is the weather. So far, we’ve only had three days of 100 or 100+ degrees. It’s August! That is so odd that everyone talks about the beautiful weather all the time.
Most areas around us have had several rains. We have not, but there have been many cloudy days.
Nice summer, indeed.
Several times when I have gone into the shed, a lizard would be in the bottom of a bucket. He must has have fallen from the ceiling. I would dump him into the yard, but there he would be again the next day. I don’t know if it was the same one or not. If so, he’s a slow learner.
One day from my kitchen window, I saw a 5 to 6 foot snake slithering across the grass and climbing into a tree. By the time I could react and find my camera, he was already in the higher branches of a small Red Oak.
The purple Balloon flowers or Chinese Bell Flowers have not bloomed much this year. Many of the ones that opened were white. For the past eight years, they have been heavy bloomers. Don’t know what happened.
This is like one of those pictures where one’s eyes have to adjust and focus by staring to see the image. The heads of Dill (Anethum graveolens) are full of seeds. Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar are supposed to feed on dill, although I have not seen them.
The blue lid from a barrel is to cover food scraps and discourage racoons who often climb over the wire barrier. Unfortunately, if they want to move the lid, they can.
I don’t often remember to pour water on the decaying compost. But when I see the vines, it reminds me to do so.
What is this plant, you ask. This photo was taken in West Texas. Those are actually plastic stems from an artificial plant. Given the fact that watering is severely rationed, it seems like an interesting solution.
“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.” Old cowboy adage