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.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio Glaucus)

Several years back, while Kevin took the clothes out of the dryer he said that there is a big butterfly hanging around my Mexican sunflowers. I might want to check it out. When I looked out the patio door, I saw a big Tiger Swallowtail fluttering around my flower bed. Quickly I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of photos. This was the first time, Kevin and I saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in our backyard. What a beautiful sight.

Leopard Grasshopper

Several years ago on a hot August afternoon, I found this Leopard Grasshopper sitting on my quartz stone at my front porch. I guess, it was looking for shade from the sun. For quite some time I sat next to it, while it watched me carefully. After capturing some photos, I left it alone. And when the sun began to set, it left the porch and hopped on its way.

August Garden

I love August! A lot of flowers in all kind of shades of yellow, orange and reds bloom and attract dragonflies, butterflies and hummingbirds at this time of the year. Here are a few photos of some blooms and the smallest dragonfly, I’ve ever seen before.

I’m Poking My Head In …

… to say “Hello”. Sunday, I was released from the hospital. And so far, I’m doing good at that stage, where I am right now. Next to a little bit of house work, I need to walk. That will help the medicine to work and dissolve these blood clots faster. Kevin is a trooper. He has to poke me in my belly twice a day, for ten days. After that I’ll get blood thinners in pill form. He doesn’t like to do it. But it helps him, when I jokingly call it: Operation Bee Sting. That makes us both laugh, and it is only half as bad as it sounds. The next couple of weeks, I have to visit the doctors a few times. And then we’ll go from there. So far, so good. I have to take it day-by-day for a while. Patience is the key. πŸ˜‰

Btw, after I brought Katelynn to her Band Camp, I saw this beautiful Widow Skimmer sitting on the neighbor’s Crape Myrtle tree this morning. I’ve got my camera real quick and captured a photo of the dragonfly. It’s definitely dragonfly season. That makes me happy. πŸ™‚

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Widow Skimmer Dragonfly on Crape Myrtle