Spring Robin

Winter has stuck around quite late this year, with an ice storm in the middle of April. The birds are still out and active, and this robin was foraging near a bird feeder.

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 prairie coneflowers.

Thought I Saw an Oriole

I did!  I did!  Well, mostly.  Each year, I seem to see one Baltimore Oriole on one day in one particular part of the river bank area.  It is very strange.  This is the first time I was able to get a picture of it.  

Rainbow of Leaves

The colors changing more quickly now.  This tree was changing from the outer edge to the inside, with reds and golds slowly turning to green, all on the same branch.  It reminded me of a rainbow.

Autumn Colors

The trees have started to turn although it is still hit and miss.  Some of gone to a deep red and orange and others are still entirely green.  These latter may just go straight to brown and fall off.

Bug on a Leaf

The bumblebees are covering the blue asters.  I saw lady bugs or some similar type of beetle on nearby plants in the afternoon sun.  They appear to be eating the edges of the leaves of this plant.