Here are a few images from this past week.
There was a full rainbow in the neighborhood after a rain storm this week.
There were three of these raptors flying above our neighborhood for a while this morning. They could be hawks, but my guess was turkey vultures. I don’t have the skill to identify birds at a distance like this. I was excited to see a bald eagle in a tree while driving home from Minnesota yesterday.
Turtle sunning at Lake Katherine, surrounding lily pads.
Last week the grasshopper was green, but this week it is looking more yellow/brown. Is this the same grasshopper in the beans?
This is the poinsettia I bought last Christmas. I put it out in the spring and it has fresh new green leaves. Will these leaves start turning red around Christmas time?
I picked up these mums last week. I was going to put them in the big planter to replace the cornflower, but the cornflower did not want to pop out easily, so I just put it in its own planter.
We were in Minnesota over the weekend and on the way home we stopped for a first time visit to Giant River Bluffs State Park. At the top of the bluff we looked out at the Mississippi river near Winona Minnesota.
We went on a hike through the prairie on top of the bluffs and saw quite a few monarch butterflies. Dan shot this photo for me.
Dragonfly on dried coneflower. Back at home this dragonfly caught my attention. The colors seemed different from other dragonflies. A little research led me to the eastern amberwing dragonfly, but I am not sure.
Vegetables: We have a lot of tomatoes I need to do something with. I have made two batches of spaghetti and one batch of tomato sauce, but the freezer is pretty full. We have a lot of wax beans that need to be cooked, too. So I guess we will have something with tomatoes and yellow wax beans! More tomatoes are coming, so if they start to get out of hand I can bring them to the food pantry on Tuesday. I pulled out the cucumber vines today and in the process found four very nice cucumbers. I have been eating about one a day, so no problem there. The melons are coming along nicely.