The ubiquitous wooly bear caterpillars – those furry brown creatures with a black head and tail – eventually turn into gorgeous brown moths like this fellow crawling around in the grass recently. Smart red legs.
Long time visitors to this site will have seen this image before – it’s the “best” raccoon portrait I have ever taken (I think) but the recent visitations have not allowed me to better it, so here it it again. Fun creatures so long as they don’t get in your garbage.
Very stormy and wet day so we passed much of it watching the garden and between rainy blatter periods mother raccoon and four youngsters paraded from one patch of vegetation across the pond and into the trees. Always takes time to grab the camera so this is kid number four.
In England four summers ago we visited, with friends, a small garden that was open one evening to raise money for a good cause – this is quite a thing in England. In an otherwise empty “garden room” we chanced upon this delightful seat for the weary gardener. “A large gin and tonic if you please”.
The closest most birds in the garden come to thistle seed is finding it in a feeder but now our twice-lifesize bull thistle flowers are starting to form seed this American Goldfinch female has found them to be an excellent source of lunch-time nourishment.