We had a nice evening walk the other day.
In the little creek near our barn, we saw a Green heron. Can you spot it in this photo?
Look right in the middle of the picture!
Here's a better picture from Wikipedia:
The heron flew up into the top of a nearby tree after the photo session:
Meanwhile, the wild grapes are doing very well. They are VERY sour! There is a river near us called the "Raisin River", raisin being French for grape. Someone told me that the local Aboriginals used to paddle along the river harvesting grapes from the banks.
Grapes on the fence.
Sophie and Tristan love to take a dip in the pond:
Sophie heard something off in the woods.
Our fields are currently rented out by another farmer, and he has them planted in soybeans. As of late, there has been an explosion of aphids, but fortunately there has also been an explosion of ladybugs, a natural predator of aphids:
You can see them in all their phases...
Larva becoming pupa
The aphid population has diminished now. The heavy rain we've had lately has helped wash them off as well.
Fall is definitely in the air.
Ladybugs are beneficial insects. in the UK, they are called ladybirds. Our school library carried a rack of Ladybird Books when I was a kid, and I loved them.
Read more about ladybugs here. And here's a story about an "extinct" ladybird. Here's a recipe! And here, shudder, is a wild LADYBUG ZOMBIE story!