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Bluebirds and Butterflies

28 Sep

There are lots of bluebirds in pasture right now.

two of them in this picture (flying and on top)

They are not a brilliant blue, so I’m guessing they are juveniles.

Pretty soon, they will start their migration to warmer climates for the winter.

I’m going to enjoy seeing them out in pasture as long as I can before they head south.  And there are a lot of wild asters in the ditch right now.  I hadn’t seen this many butterflies in one place since we went into the butterfly room at the Long Island Aquarium. They are perfect for these late summer butterflies. Painted Lady

Yellow Sulfur

I finally figured out the difference between the viceroy and the monarch butterflies because they were both right there on the same plant.

Monarch (larger and not black line on the bottom wing)

Viceroy (smaller and the black line on the bottom wing)

There is also a little bit of fresh clover after our recent rains.

Painted Lady


Hopefully, they last for a while longer.

Wednesday Pics

7 Sep

Salem is the one who dumped the plant.   Herbie just thought it would be fun to nap in the dirt before I got it cleaned up.


I’m afraid that the increase in the cat population might require me to get a bigger bed.  It’s getting a bit crowded.  Rocky always sleeps on the pillow on the other side of the bed.

Salem, Herbie, and Tiger

Bob is still spending most of his time outside.  I hate to think what it will be like this winter when he comes in to hibernate.

Bob on the patio.

When I was coming in from milking the other morning, I noticed something on my deck rail. Closer inspection showed it to be a Polyphemus moth.  They are so big!

Polyphemus moth

There are just tons of bugs this year.  Judging by the number of pictures on the Iowa FB groups, it’s been a really good year for praying mantises.  I saw this one on my front gate just a few days after photographing the one in the garden.

praying mantis

Last weekend, I did manage to step away from tomatoes long enough to do some yard work.  Of course, Sky had to join me out in the yard.


I finished putting another layer of panel along the bottom of the fence to make sure no little kids can get through the yard.  I also replaced all the twine I had used tied panels to the posts with wire. Hopefully, when I put Xerxes back up north, he won’t fall through the fence into the yard again.

Even the kids know the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

While I was working on fence, I noticed one last remaining clump of garlic chives.

garlic chives

I just had to photograph the chicory.  I love its blue color.

Happy hump day!  Or it’s past hump day since this is a short week.

Is It Fall?

6 Sep

September 1st is meteorological fall and Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but we have still been warm.  It feels like summer.

But if I look closely, I can see a hint of fall in my corn.

The llamas are growing their fleece.


I already mentioned that the peacock lost his tail.  He’ll spend all fall and winter growing it back out to look beautiful for the chickens in the spring.

The chickens still won’t care.

It’s clearly sunset on summer even if it isn’t real fall yet.

sunset over the cornfield

But it makes me look forward to real fall.