The pineapple sage is blooming now. A week or two ago the monarchs were visiting it and now it is the hummingbird.
This monarch spent a long afternoon on the pineapple sage. This picture was from more than a week ago.
The monarch was also on the zinnias.
It is so hard to get a picture of the hummingbird from the kitchen window. Can you see it?
The hummingbird rested on the crabapple tree branch.
A male red-bellied woodpecker was checking out the Chinquapin oak trunk.
Grasshopper sunning on a zinnia.
The beautiful, messy prairie at the Little Red Schoolhouse nature preserve last week. Asters, boltonia, and goldenrod.
Ladybug on American plum tree. I spotted a bunch of aphids, so I hope the ladybug finds them!
Fall Color: I heard that the best fall color in northern Illinois is supposed to be in the next 10 days. It is usually the second or third week of October.