Antelope Horn is a milkweed native to Texas, which grows in pastures along roadsides and creeks throughout the central path, that most Monarchs take on their migration coming back up north to the US from Mexico. The milkweed got its name from the seedpods, which look similar to the horns of an antelope. In late Spring, I can find them next to the creek behind our street. And I also find them on the meadows of the local parks. From all the milkweed plants I have seen so far, the Antelope Horn is my favorite.
After over three months, I finally came back to the Community Garden. Christi took good care of the garden, while I was out due to sickness. But she had a lot of work to keep up with the six beds. After my tomato plants quit producing (we had a good harvest this Summer) and the tomatillos were a bust, she pulled them all out. Now, the pepper plants and the basil can breath, after all the weeds under the tomatoes are gone as well.
This afternoon I was in the garden, pulled some weeds and noticed a big fire ant hill in my front raised bed. Oh boy! I have to get rid of these ants first, before I can plug the weeds out in that area. Kevin, Sara and I went back over this evening. While Kevin was treating the ant hill, Sara and I looked at the plants and captured some photos in the garden.
🍁🍂🍃 Happy Autumn Gardening! 🍃🍂🍁
For the last five years, my Nikon D5100 was my companion, when I was out and about around the US. We went on two Disney vacations, a trip to Washington, D.C., another trip to New York, so many 5K & Fun Runs, family adventures and gazillions of nature photos. But it also began to wear it out. And the last several months, I notice a decline in performance.
A couple of years ago, when I purchased a lens I considered to get a new body as well. I knew, I will need a new camera one day. I decided on the Nikon D3200. Back then, I couldn’t part with my older camera and still went on adventures with it. But today, I finally made the decision to sit the D5100 next to the D40 (my starter camera) in the shelf. And the D3200 will be my new companion from now on. May the “new” camera last me at least as long as the older one. 🙂
In recent years the Monarch population has declined drastically. Due to constructions, herbicides and environmental changes, it’s difficult for the Monarch butterfly to find milkweed. On its migration from Mexico to Canada (in Spring) and Canada to Mexico (in Autumn), this butterfly relies on this precious food resource. The Monarch lays its eggs on the milkweed. Once hatched, the caterpillars feed of the milkweed to get big, turn into pupa (chrysalis), before they become a butterflies.
If we don’t act fast, the Monarch migration could collapse within the next two decades. It is encouraged to plant more milkweed to protect the butterfly from going extinct.