Hiking In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In August

In August, the Prairie seems dry and burned from the hot Summer sun. But looking closer, we still can still see the beauty within it. Drought resistant plants like this weather. And the butterflies and other insects like the flowers provided for them this time of the year.

Last Offspring of The Season

Every August, our yard is the nursery of the last offspring for the season. The young birds become more independent from their parents and explore our backyard. Here and there, we hear a little “Chirp” from the juvenile birds. Soon after, a parent arrives with a juicy worm or insect and shoves it down the young bird’s throat. In a few more weeks the youngster will be independent enough to find its own food. But in the meantime, we enjoy them being around the patio and the woodpile. It’s also the time we have to make sure, Joshua and Chewbacca will stay in the house. The cats can watch the birds from behind the patio door. We call it jokingly “Cat Food Network”. πŸ˜‰

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Juvenile House Sparrow on our wood pile: It still has a lot of feathers to grow in. But it is independent enough to fly around in our backyard.

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Juvenile Blue Jay: it looks so cute with its little “bonnet”/crest.

The Bella Donna Chapel In McKinney, Texas

Three years ago while the girls were on Summer Break, they ask me if we could go out and do something. Boredom was hitting hard that day. A few days prior I looked up some sights in the metroplex. As I scrolled through the internet, I stumbled over a photo of the Bella Donna Chapel. With plenty of water and some snacks packed up, Katelynn, Sara and I drove to McKinney. The Bella Donna Chapel looked even more stunning, standing in front of the chapel and seeing the interior.

The story behind this beautiful chapel can be found here:Β  https://www.belladonnachapel.com/

Beautiful August Flower Garden

In August 2015, I had a beautiful Summer flower garden. It looked very inviting for our backyard wildlife. Next to butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, we also hosted a den for Eastern Cottontail bunnies. And a hummingbird family came over to visit our yard on a daily basis as well. Plant an environment for wildlife, and they will come! Here are some bloom photos of that wonderful Summer: