Nodding Thistles on the Texas Blackland Prairie
I love Nodding Thistles. They play a big role for all the insects in the Texas Blackland Prairie. I like how they look before they begin to blossom.
Between taking care of some errands and all the tornado warnings, I had to make some last minute preparations for our trip to Seattle. While sitting with Sara and our fur babies in a fort build from mattresses, pillows, blankets, and plush animals (they need to be safe too), I had some time pondering about the Seattle City Pass, what other destinations are surrounded on the way from San Jose, California to Seattle, Washington, and how far the distances are between these points of interest.
Meanwhile the storm was brewing outside, and there were also a few tornado touchdowns in the Metroplex. While Sara and I sat together in her little fort, we talked about the upcoming trip, and how she feels about being in an airplane for the first time. Trust me, it kept us from getting nuts with all these sirens going off in the neighborhood. Soon, the sky cleared, the Sun came out, and I could finish my research on the computer.
After sundown, we’ve got a not-every-day visit from a Yellow-crowned Night Heron. First it landed on the neighbor’s roof across the street; rested for a little bit; walked down to the gutter; to end up in the neighbor’s frontyard, before it crossed the street to end up strutting on our front lawn. Katelynn and Sara observed the bird for a little bit. When the heron had enough, it flew into another neighbor’s tree. By that time, it was too dark to make out the bird between the leaves. ~ Good night, little Yellow-crowned Night Heron! It was nice to meet you and come for a visit in our yard.
Author: Janiel Wagstaff
A couple of days ago, I found a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the fennel in one of our garden raised beds. Since Mr. Cardinal is very busy picking the Cabbage White caterpillars for his offspring from the leftover broccoli plants, I didn’t want to risk it, him taking the Black Swallowtail as well. For this particular reason I planted more fennel in the greenhouse, last month. I relocated the caterpillar to the indoor plant. And now, it’s happily munching the fennel tops away. It doubled in size, already. The girls can’t wait to release the first butterfly for this season.