Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Second Look--August 27, 2014

While there are still flowers blooming, most things are starting to look a little ragged.  Some foliage is turning brown and what once were large vistas of flowers are now just a few here and there. Fall is definitely coming. The birds are still abundant at the feeders, but that population should be changing in the next month or so as the migration south begins. I am going to be especially sad to see the hummingbirds go. While we have seen them every year around our lilies, this has been the first year we have had a feeder right outside our window to watch. Their little bodies and humming wings continue to amaze me.

Here are some things I saw this week 
during a Second Look.

Praying mantis on Blackeyed Susan

This is one of a couple of day lilies that are still blooming.

Little bees are enjoying the balloon flowers that continue to bloom.

Late spring we planted a spindly tomato plant in a pot by our back door. It just now producing its first tomatoes--but they are beauties.

I cut back the Rozanne Geranium and it is now having a resurgence of blooms.

I thought that this caterpillar was heading for the grass until I took a second look and saw ants foraging around it. Then I wasn't so sure that it was heading anywhere anymore.

Most of these birds should hang around for the winter. (L-R Carolina wren, chickadee, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, goldfinch, cardinal


  1. I didn't even notice the praying mantis at first glance. Neat!

    I'm seeing more signs of fall here, as well. It's so strange how most of the trees are green and there will be one with leaves changing colors. My hay fever is also starting to act up--I broke down yesterday and started taking my nasal spray for it. Sure sign of autumn (that, and Meet and Greet at school!).

    1. I didn't see the praying mantis at first either. And I know what you mean about fall allergies. My eyes are itching more than ever.

  2. The fall is definitely right behind the corner... But your tomatoes look delicious :)

    1. I almost hate to pick them, but I will just be tempting the birds and squirrels and chipmunks another day. I'm very lucky so far that they haven't bothered them.

  3. I can't decide if I like the flowers better or the birds. There is definitely a change in the air.

    1. It's hard for me to get good bird pictures because I take them from inside through the window . But I certainly enjoy watching them.


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