At The End of August

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Camphorweed (Pluchea odorata)

Now that we are getting to the end of August, Summer comes to an end as well. Tomorrow begins the meteorological Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. My favorite season of the year will arrive soon. Even when it takes another six to eight weeks before Autumn shows the first signs here in North Texas, I’m so ready to celebrate the colorful and cooler season with apples, pumpkins, tea, candles and Harvest/Halloween decor. The tent will come back out for camping weekends. Gardening will be so much more fun, when it is not so warm anymore. And we can take the dogs out for a walk and in the doggy park more often, again. Oh, do I love Autumn!

Another August Thunder Storm

Well, that was unexpected. First it looked like the storm would stay further north from us. But then the wind picked up, the air cooled from 92°F (33°C) to 72°F (22°C), and soon the rain came in. What a refreshing storm it was from the heat. Nature needed all the water it could get as well. The birds enjoyed the fresh rain water in their bird bath. The garden plants were happy, too.

Texas State Insect: The Monarch Butterfly (2)

Monarch Butterflies before their migration to Mexico