A little brown tree frog hiding in a daylily flower -- the photo was taken at around 7 a.m. and he was still there at 6 p.m.; then the next day he (she?) or a twin was in another flower on the same plant.
The last week and a half has been spent with out-of-state houseguests -- it's been fun but exhausting! (especially since we've had record-high temps here and no A.C.) Meanwhile the garden has become a jungle and we've been giving cucumbers away to anyone and everyone. So far I've frozen 10 pounds of green beans -- and last year we didn't begin to pick beans until mid August. Everything in the hoop houses is being eaten by cabbage worms so I've dusted in there, trying to get that situation under control. Potatoes need to all be dug, and never did flower to tell me it was time to start harvesting new potatoes. Worst of all, the big burner on my (ceramic-top) electric stove went out and I have no idea how I will do any canning of salsa, tomato juice, etc. if it isn't fixed soon! How ironic would that be, one of the best summers ever for the garden, but couldn't make salsa (the main thing that I can every year) ??
Started picking the corn on 8/20/10, just 2 days after I predicted it would be ripe (calculating from the date planted to supposed days to maturity). Now I need to pick a bunch of it to freeze, before it gets overly mature!
The heat wave is over, our high temp today is supposed to be 69 and I had to put on a sweatshirt this morning to take the dogs outside. Fall is in the air here in the north!
These Monarch caterpillars were feeding voraciously 2 days ago -- I'm pretty sure this has to be the last generation, the ones that will migrate south for the winter. Amazing to me that they do that.
Took a day trip to Pictured Rocks (near Munising, MI, on Lake Superior) a couple of weekends ago. We wanted to go out on the tour boat, which we've never done, but the water was quite rough and the boats were only able to go about half as far as normal, so we decided to wait for another time. Instead, we just took the walk to Miner's Castle -- so different than it was years ago when there were just dirt trails, now they have nice boardwalks and steps and lookout platforms.
The boat we didn't go on
Miner's Castle -- there used to be two towers but one crumbled off a few years back.