Monday, June 29, 2009

This will be a little picture-heavy today. It was a lovely morning and sometimes the light does amazing things by the pond:

Another view of some pond plants:

I cleaned up the rest of the party remnants -- hot dogs and corn, pickle jar and pickles, mustard container, binder rings, half-burned papers -- then pulled plants for a while. A few little treasures appeared, like this columbine (hmm, is it columbine? Maybe it's meadowrue?) ...

... and this nice caterpillar:

Black-eyed Susans:

There were more snails climbing trees:

The spotted sandpipers were by the river again ...

... and I saw the indigo bunting for the second day in a row at Todmorden Mills. I wish I could get a good picture. Here's most of him!

Common milkweed is flowering now. If you get a chance, go sniff some. Delightful! You can check underneath the leaves for monarch butterfly eggs or teeny caterpillars.


M.Dennison said...

I'd like to know exactly where on the Todmorden site you see the buntings. Is it close to helliwell house?

Marnie said...

I see them as I'm walking down Pottery Road beside Todmorden, anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 of the way down the hill, around 6, 6:30, 7 in the morning. This guy is often flitting around in the trees, not hiding at all, and often making enough noise that you can't help but notice him. Once or twice I've heard two calling back and forth. Hope that helps!