Friday, June 29, 2012
It wasn't long before I saw the first frog leap into its water.
The other day I really had to laugh as I saw frogs everywhere and couldn't resist going to get my camera. These four leopard frogs are sunbathing on top of a barley straw planter.
Supposedly where the frogs are sitting, one can plant some sort of flower. I've never been able to keep those things upright. They are designed to help cut down on algae. Given the heat and sun this spring/summer, I could probably have about a dozen or more, cover the surface of the pond with them actually. But no flower garden for me in the pond unless the water hyacinth bloom.
Later in the day, walking through the pathways out in the pasture I caught sight of another visitor. When it landed it stayed long enough for me to get a photo. I loved that this black swallowtail spread its wings so that I could capture it's two orange eyes and blue decoration at its back end. What a beautiful butterfly.
This year the milkweed which some of the butterflies use for special treats, particularly monarchs, have bloomed very early. There blooms are massive and the scent is easily caught on the spring breezes...heavy with perfume. Hopefully all the butterflies will have enough food. Nearly all our apple blossoms failed this year as well as other fruit - pears, peaches, even hawthorns were affected by the strange summer-in-February we experienced. Thirty degree C temperatures in that month which is usually cold and snowy changed how our vegetation grew this year.
I guess you've figured out by now I find most of the critters in nature pretty amazing. I do my best to help protect them and find ways to promote the understanding and protection of the natural world and how it works. I hope you enjoy these little essays as much as I enjoy writing them - or even better finding the items to write about! Have a super weekend. Maybe you'll find something unusual on your time outdoors?