Sunflowers are blooming! No big ones, but we have a smaller wild variety that I cannot determine the species of. It is a sunflower, however. I know that much.
Some really pretty butterflies this time of year. I got pictures of an American lady and a great-spangled fritillary! Never seen either before. Very pretty. Swallowtails, one probably an eastern tiger swallowtail, female, and a butterfly called a hairstreak, some type, not sure which, possibly soapberry. Interesting blue color on its tail.
Oh! And a couple days back, Emily pointed out to me an uncommon swallowtail around here. I think it's a pipevine swallowtail! I would need more evidence to verify, but that's a possibility.
Also, widow skimmers are not what I thought they were! I think I saw one, and apparently they come in black with a yellow stripe. Possibly the young ones.
My very first post about a bird: summer tanagers. Well, I got a picture of a juvenile, and I figured out that the females are not green. On scarlet tanagers I do still think they are.
So, they're really more of a pale orange or yellow sort of color, and the juveniles I guess tend to have red tints here and there, foreshadowing their days of glorious redness. For example, this juvenile down here. Do you see his red above his eyes? A little bit of red-orange in his feathers?
I have no pictures of the females. Only this juvenile, which was mistaken for a female goldfinch. But it was not. I'm pretty sure I've seen some with Terrence, though. Emily reports that Norman found himself one, too.
Yvonne saw a pileated woodpecker and bald eagle. Emily saw a bluebird. She has not verified what type, but I'm assuming it was an eastern bluebird. Fireflies last night. Antares, which Emily interestingly called yellow. I called it red. Then I lectured her about the actual colors of stars, which has to do with the wavelengths they emit.
The yellow passionflower is back! I missed it last time, somehow. Blame the donkeys. It's a baby, and has no flowers. Maybe it will! Last year I observed it, and I think passionflowers are supposed to bloom on their second year. That may have just been the purple passionflower, though.
Don't be tricked, though. The yellow passionflower looks quite like a relative of a saw green-brier. But I have risked fingers to make sure that it had no thorns. There are no thorns. I say saw green-brier because I've never seen another type.
Also, someone else has confirmed it as a yellow passionflower, so pretty sure, now.
Goodbye. No more Turkish for now. Don't eat children. It's wrong.
Those were not Carolina horsenettles, but I am not sure what they are.
I like observing animals, especially birds. I also take care of the goats. I like goats.
My assistant photographer! She also takes care of African geese.
Another assistant photographer! She takes care of the rabbits, and the hutch is teeming with crawly things.