Summer’s Heat And Dragonflies

The widow skimmer dragonflies begin to visit my yard more frequently, again This means it’s over 100ºF, and it’s mid July. As soon as I fill up the bird bath and water the garden, my little dragons come over for a visit and check out, what I’m doing. They love to hang out in my yard until sunset. And the following evening, the dragonflies show up again. I love Texas Summers. Usually, when it gets that hot, the humidity goes away.

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A resting Widow Skimmer Dragonfly in our backyard

Green Cicada

Every Summer, when the temperatures start to reach over 95ºF (35ºC), the Green Cicadas come out from under ground, fly in our trees and use their abdomen to call out for a mate. Usually, we begin to hear them in mid to end June. Since May was very warm, they had an early start in late Spring this year. Sometimes, I sit under the tree and just listen to them for a while. The cicada’s calls are so soothing. And with them being around, we definitely know that Summer has officially arrived in North Texas.

Testing The Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Camera

When Kevin, the girls and I were on vacation, we were really frustrated with the cell phone signal. After less then two years, we switched back to our old phone provider today. With the new contract, Kevin and I got us the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones. Katelynn got an LG. And Sara is just happy, she can play the games on the old phones for right now.

This evening after we set up the new phones, I played with the camera in the garden a little bit. I’m impressed, how clear these photos came out. Of course, I still will use my Nikon cameras. But I don’t need to drag my bigger camera to every single event anymore. Because the phone camera shoots crispy clear photos as well. Now, I just need to get used to the rest of the phone knick-knacks again. First thing I did: I changed the ringtone to my old one on the new phone, which is Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. 😉

The Colony Shoreline Trail In June

This morning, the weather was so beautiful and the temperatures were 77ºF (25ºC). After Katelynn and Sara were on their way to school, I got dressed and packed my backpack for a small hike at the Shoreline Trail. When I arrived, a Painted Bunting welcomed me at the trail head. It sang a beautiful song to its mate. It was humid. But taking a short break in the shade and the wind blowing, helped a lot. The Prairie looked so beautiful. Butterflies and other insects got attracted by the thistles, prairie coneflower, bee balm, and many more blooms. I watched many more wildlife along the trail, before I hiked back to the car. It felt good visiting the Shoreline Trail. I have to do this more often, again.

Our Garden In Mid-May 2018

Our peppers and tomatoes love the warm May weather. And the other vegetables, fruits herbs and flowers (to attract pollinators) like it as well. Yesterday I’ve noticed, we are raising Cabbage White Butterflies inside the greenhouse. I found a couple of empty chrysalis on the Ornamental Kale leaves. No wonder, we have so many flying Cabbage Whites flying around in our garden. Well, I can’t blame them. There is a lot of cabbage to feast on for the caterpillars. And Family Cardinal is happy to get fresh caterpillars for their young. Here are several photos of what’s growing in our raised bed garden in mid-May.