Late Summer Monarchs

I’ve seen more monarchs in the last few days than I’ve seen all summer.  The butterflies are well provided for as milkweed goes.  It’s everywhere.  But this monarch butterfly was spending its time in the plentiful goldenrod, bee balm, and …

Basking Beaver in the River

This weekend was extremely hot.  I was out early with the dog to try to get in a walk before we both melted.  As we passed a large outflow pipe, this beaver was floating on the river.  Not a ripple …

Asters and Goldenrod

It is late summer along the Holland River and the purple asters have taken over from the white daisies.  They’re especially striking amongst the tall yellow goldenrod.

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Muskrat Rushes

One afternoon on the way home, the water was deep and the ducks were dabbling.  Then a muskrat swam up and started grabbing the rushes from near the edge of the pond.

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Black Raspberries Ripen

These look like ripe raspberries but are black raspberries about halfway to their final color.  The bushes were full for a while but it’s been a hot summer and a lot of berries shriveled before they were eaten.  What a …

Brown-Eyed Susan

We have a number of these flowers – brown-eyed susans, black-eyed susans, and the prairie coneflower – all along the runoff pond by the Tom Taylor trail.

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Beaver Breakfast

I’ve shifted my schedule to catch an earlier train and I’m seeing a slightly different slice of life on the trail in the morning.  This will change as the days shorten and the light disappears but it’s meant more animal …

Singing Sparrow

The sparrows seem to be the least concerned about passersby.  The finches and warblers move on very quickly but a sparrow will sit and sing despite me stopping to watch.  I haven’t identified this one – I need to do …

Oriole in the Tree Tops

The Oriole was in the trees at both sunrise and sunset and I can’t help but take advantage of its willingness to stay in place for a photo.  I’d assumed it was a Baltimore Oriole and hadn’t heard of a …