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