All Things Bright & Beautiful, All Creatures Great & Small
So far our family has had our fullest, most busy scheduled summer ever. Never has our calendar been so full. But we haven't let the simple joys of summer slip by unnoticed in the hustle & bustle.
Great & small, they're waiting to be discovered around every corner. We love them all. *
I'm crazy for native blooming wild flowers.
Columbine, Nodding Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit
Tiger Swallowtail, a regular visitor to our spring lilacs.
Lilly, regular decorator of sidewalks everywhere.
It seemed like we had at least a short rain shower or two almost every day in June.
It certainly helped make all things bright & beautiful.
Baptisia just beginning it's season of indigo splendor.
Ants doing their good work on our peonies
Indian Paintbrush.. The most colorful of Minnesota wildflowers.
Northern Iris, another wild beauty.
Rain drops on hostas
On day lilies, too.
As well as Forest Tent Caterpillars.
June's wild roses smelled wonderful.
Daisies, adored as always.
Day lilies galore.
We discovered this pretty spider (I believe to be a fisher spider) on a lily pad on the pond.
With little insects marching by.
Also on the pond, yellow water lily blooms.
Out & about late these summer evenings, we've admired many colorful sunsets.
Kittens at Granny & Grampa's, reminding me of many summer kittens growing up.
Watching over the smallest of creatures.
And of course, toads, of all sizes.
Beau has gotten good at loving on them for a just a few minutes before happily setting them free someplace safe.
Love them, we do.
We watched a doe & her twin fawns frolic in a field the other night. Like the giant snapping turtle, clutch of grouse chicks, and fox we've crossed paths with, the four baby mice the kids befriended last week, & more, they went un-photographed. Try as I may, I don't have a camera on me at all times.
But we have eyes to see them, and appreciate them every one.
Our garden is growing, lightening bugs glowing, and summer has only just begun!
*except for snakes. I do not love snakes. And don't enjoy discovering them around any corner. :)