The day awaits…
In northeastern Pennsylvania, the beginning of August is a miraculous time. The singing of the cicada’s awaken you to a cool morning breeze and their songs continue until just after sunset.
(Some mornings I begin before I change out of my bed-clothes)
The heat of the day begins to envelop you at around 10:30 am. It is at this time I retreat to the lower garden. But inevitably I will need to walk back up the slope for a forgotten garden tool or glass of water. Today it was the camera I had neglected to take with me. As I began picking up fallen branches and black walnuts from within the circuits of the labyrinth, a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly floated effortlessly around me navigating through shrubs to find the flowers of its choice. I knew I wanted to share its beauty so up the slope, up the ramp and yes, up the steps I ran hoping that when I arrived back in the lower garden with camera in hand it would still be drinking the Impatiens’ nectar.
After pursuing the Swallowtail while trying to capture its beauty,
I then walked into the stream to cool my overheated body. Still having the camera I could not resist taking pictures of the creatures living there.
Water Strider, notice the reflection of its shadow in the water.
I hope you enjoy this day in the garden…
This Northern Leopard Frog took refuge next to my foot as Maddie made her way through the tall grass.
Even a fallen acorn looks magical when caught in swirling water.
Upon returning to the upper gardens I saw this Half-banded Topper Dragonfly resting on a bamboo stake in the garden. This skimmer has become scarce in the Northeastern U.S.
Maddie on guard as evening descends.