Black-capped chickadees wouldn’t be so cute if they were cigar smokers.
After last night’s hard frost it was literally raining leaves in the park.
I usually think of September as daddy longlegs season. This year it’s also praying mantis season, but especially it’s grasshopper season.
Helpfully, a leaf lay on the sidewalk for scale near the praying mantis I found.
I found an exceptionally colorful patch of flowers on the prairie this week. The red flower, royal catchfly, is exciting because we don’t see it every year. The other flowers are yellow coneflowers, wild quinine (white), and wild bergamot (purple).
This has been a pretty good summer for prairie flowers, as these yellow cone flowers and bee balm show.
This green insect wasn’t well-camoflauged against the white picket fence.
Some damselflies roosted in the shade on a bank window.
Whatever kind of year 2013 turns out to be when it’s over, half-way through it’s been one of bad weather.
We spent the weekend in the picturesque river towns of Van Buren County.
We found this rabbit in a parking lot, trying to hide under the wheel of a pickup truck.
April showers really do bring May flowers. We have a nice crop of bluebells in one of the flower beds at work.
It finally stopped raining and warmed up today so I was on my bike this morning.
In the midst of yesterday’s unpleasant downpour, I led my group of fourth graders into the blacksmith shop as part of their tour. There, just inside the entrance was a dying bird.
We stayed with Lore’s parents up in the Sierras de Córdoba, rugged green hills filled with horses. The weather there was pleasant and dry with some cool nights. Fortunately, Lore was staying with her parents in Villa Giardino up in the Sierras de Córdoba, rugged green hills filled with horses. The weather there was pleasant for a walk to artists’ colony or to the dam, for a dip in the pool, a horseback ride, or a cook-out.
The Shedd Aquarium had a nice exhibit on jellyfish with different tanks displaying different species, all colorful and mesmerizing.
Not only did I see the Wienermobile on Sunday but today I saw a beaver at the park. I’m not sure which is more exciting.
Cedar waxwings have visited the crabapple tree outside our apartment pretty regularly in the last month.
Forget the Age of Dinosaurs. If I ever travel back in time, I’m going to the Age of Cyanobacteria. Exciting!
If it wasn’t for National Geographic, I wouldn’t know anything at all about penguins.