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.
I could never find his head for a photo.
Just a Bull snake, I think. I hope.
Why is this scene strange? Because it reminded me of a green idyllic meadow. Usually, the grasses are dry like straw. But here the yellow is wildflowers. “Cows are in the meadow”… type photo.
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.
Mowing around a flower bed of Gregg’s Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) brings on a flurry of rising butterflies swirling around me. The flowers are small but obviously a favorite of Viceroys.
The compost heap behind a shed is producing vines.
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.
There are two different kinds of vines. Last year we had canteloupe grow here.
A Strawberry Gomphera (Gomphrena haageana) plant found its way here and is blooming.
This one looks like it is producing yellow summer squash.
I don’t often remember to pour water on the decaying compost. But when I see the vines, it reminds me to do so.
Why is this mule sniffing or eating a small cedar? Don’t know.
This Praying Mantis appears to be in the process of molting, which they do several times during their lifetime.
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