It’s officially fall now – we’ve had many below freezing nights, and we had our first dusting of snow.
We had our first frost a few nights ago. We’ve had several very cold nights, and lots of cool, rainy days.
The house is filling up with drying seeds. This happens every year – when I’m collecting but haven’t started processing yet, I start to run out of floor space.
As we walked along the road this morning we saw an Eastern Milk Snake – a first for the farm. I hope it wasn’t injured – it was alive but very quiet, on the gravel right next to the road. It was a chilly morning so it may have just been waiting for the sun to warm things up. Young snakes like this one, besides being smaller than adults, have brighter spots. On adults the spots are usually more brown. Continue reading
This is the time of Sunflowers – they’re blooming everywhere. A few years ago, my friend Susan Marie wrote a wonderful children’s picture book about a sunflower: To Be Like the Sun. The book is the story of the life of a sunflower – a garden sunflower. So, for Susan Marie, this is pictures and information about some of our native sunflowers.
MJ came to visit from Iowa this week. We had a great time – we spent the day doing two long, wandering walks, collecting insects, and admiring the prairie flowers.
Green Darner Dragonflies have been migrating through the farm this week.
We got 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, and the weather changed from pleasantly warm and comfortable, to hot and muggy, for the first time this summer. It’s supposed to cool off again in a few days.
Every year I have one favorite prairie – this year it’s Buffalo Ridge. All the purple and yellow flowers are blooming, and it’s full of birds. There aren’t as many butterflies as usual this year. Maybe because it’s been so cool, or maybe the birds have been too efficient.
The prairies are blooming, and we’ve seen one great new animal and one unusual bird. And there are always good bugs!