When you wake up you never know what you might see. I am often surprised when I take time to look around.
Double-crested cormorants rest between diving for a meal at the Saganashkee Slough last Sunday morning.
This was our first time hiking on the south side of the slough in the Palos forest preserve, and we walked under this flock of cormorants who had found a dead tree branch to rest on and dry their wing on this sunny morning. It took a while to find a place to photograph the birds that was not blocked by trees and had the right angle for the light.
View from the west side of Saganashkee Slough. The great blue heron flew across the lake as a fisherman sits with a few bobbers in the water. The cormorants were in a tree somewhere on the right side of this picture further down the lake.
A sandpiper was hopping along on the shore.
Back in our yard the white-crowned sparrows visited for a few days in their migration. This one was in the Chinquapin oak tree among the fresh catkins.
The white-crowned sparrow visits the birdbath.
Raspberry getting ready to flower. All the berries are in progress now, just needing rain and sun.
The chive flowers were spilling over the strawberries.
Red romaine lettuce. We have been eating lettuce from the garden each day. The little bean and zinnia seeds have sprouted, but I see the bunny has arrived, so I am not sure that they will survive.
Wax bean sprouts. Will they survive the bunny?
No more need to buy expensive kale at the supermarket until December….
I planted a few coleus to fill the space of the viburnum we cut down, due to the invasive viburnum beetles we had last year. Maybe next year I will have more time to find a shrub replacement.
Ajuga reptans. So much blue in the garden now. The hostas are growing up in the shade.
Clematis jackmanii. I love seeing these big flowers across the yard from the kitchen window.