When I came back from our local Community Garden, I put some plants back inside the greenhouse. I checked on my other plants and noticed, we have a little visitor. It must have been attracted to my flowers and got trapped in the greenhouse, last night. When I opened the window, I helped the butterfly to find it’s way out. Now, she’s free to fly to any flower outside.
Earlier this week I captured photos of the neighbor’s tree, when it was raining. The fresh opened blossoms looked so pretty with these water droplets.
Today, the weather was gorgeous. So, I walked over there again. Because I saw a butterfly fluttering from one blossom to the other. When I came close enough, I noticed it was a beautiful Question Mark butterfly. The fragrance of the blossoms smelled so good. And the bees and flies agreed with me. They were all over the blooming tree, trying get all this great nectar. Keep pollinating it, sweet insects. I can’t wait to dry some fruits this Summer.
This afternoon I took a little photo walk through Bill Allen Memorial Park. I wanted to see, how far the foliage has already turned in the park. And I have to say, the trees are much further in to the season, than the trees are on our street. Some trees show lots of gold and red. Some trees hang on to the few leaves, they have left on their branches.
Since there are not as many leaves on the trees anymore, it is much easier to see the wildlife. A squirrel finds a nut on the ground, hops on the trunk, runs up the tree and stores it in its home for Winter; a variety of birds feast on the ripe berries on the trees and shrubs, while others sing their songs of Autumn in the meantime.
When the wind blew, the foliage “rained” down and danced on the ground. The sun peeked out of the clouds, and some butterflies flew to the few asters left between the grass. They all enjoyed this beautiful Autumn afternoon at the park.
During the day, a lot of “Flutter Wings” visit my garden at this time of the year. At sunset a Monarch Butterfly came over to get some nectar from the milkweed, before her journey will go all the way to Mexico. I hope, she laid some eggs as well.
Kevin, the girls and I drove to the Wild Berry Farm in Sadler, this afternoon. When we arrived, we paid our entry fee and entered the farm. Katelynn and Sara went down the slide, before we went on the hayride. Kevin grabbed some fish food, and on the ride we went down to the pond. At the pond, we stopped for feeding the catfish. These were some big fish. But they also get fed very well by farm visitors throughout the day. The farmer said: “By the end of the day, the catfish might have a belly ache! ;)” We all hopped back on the wagon and rode back to the farm house.
After the hayride, we walked through the wild berry fields to get to the Pumpkin Patch and the Sunflower Maze. There were some beautiful pumpkins sitting in the field. In the Sunflower Maze, the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Admirals, all sorts of bees and bugs fluttered and flew from one sunflower to the other. It was fun to watch them. Katelynn and Sara were fascinated by the different kind and sizes of bees.
Walking back through the berry fields, Katelynn was leading us through the Corn Maze. A cool fact about the Corn Maze on the Wild Berry Farm: When you put a drone up in the air, you can see that the maze is grown in the shape of the Texas Lone Star Flag. Katelynn did very good walking us through the maze. And it was fun!
Katelynn and Sara enjoyed looking at the farm animals. There were some chicken, goats and sheep on the farm. Some chicken were scratching a hole in the ground. I guess, they tried to find some bugs or tried to get to cooler soil on this warm day. The other chicken were happily clucking and walking around. The goats nibbled some grass, and the sheep were busy eating in their barn.
Seeing the whole farm, the girls wanted to play in the “Rat Rollers”, then went down the slide several more times, and played some “Football”. Before we left the farm, I picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter. I’ve never had any. But I want to try it. It was a beautiful, sunny day. And we enjoyed our visit at the Wild Berry Farm. My goal is to drive up there and pick some fresh berries next Spring, early Summer.
After all the Black Swallowtail caterpillars became lunch for the bird babies last Spring, we finally get more caterpillars in our garden this Autumn. This time the caterpillars seem to hide better in the thick leaves of our parsley. Yesterday, another Black Swallowtail butterfly laid more eggs on the parsley. The chances are good, we have more caterpillars hatching soon.
Sitting outside and relaxing, seems to help to get my mind off Finley a little bit. The last few days were tough. But life goes on, and I needed some sun to get in a better mood, again. I looked at my garden and observed a Black Swallowtail butterfly. But she was too fast to get a sharp photo of her. So, I strolled around the flowers and vegetables. And see there: a Skipper sat on my Tomatillo plant, before it skipped to my pink Lantana. The nectar must be so good.