Everyday appreciating our beautiful earth, And working for healthy communities through less chemicals, less waste, And more fun!

First week of August on the big lake, 2012

A north wind has brought a change in the weather and I hope a cooling of the earth. Fox cubs, fawns, baby chickadees, redstart and song sparrows are demanding of their moms for food.  A sphinx (hawk) moth zips around entertaining me, and a lone black bear saunters through. Hummingbirds are enjoying the flowers as much as their feeder and seem to be everywhere. Goldenrod and wide leaf asters are in full bloom, and I learned the Northern Crescent Butterfly.  Lake Superior is finally blue again after the heavy June rain.

Sphinx moth on snap dragon
A Fritillary on Menardia

July 22,

At 5:30 AM it is very noisy outside with lots of running. A blossoming buck is playing with my local fawns.  Next the buck turns to their mother and goes into a mating dance routine with her–Spectacular!

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July 15,

Just chased the fawns away from my cone flowers. A large owl has hunted in our yard all morning causing a ruckus of our nesting and local birds. Earlier a flicker mom was feeding her babies as we had an outside breakfast on our deck overlooking Lake Superior.  We continue to plant new native and butterfly host plants to our yard.

July 14,

A great article on good plants for pollinators:

http://www.ecosystemgardening.com/top-10-herbaceous-plants-to-attract-wildlife-to-your-ecosystem-garden.html

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