It wouldn't be summer without a picture of a Swallowtail. They're so beautiful.
This year I "caught" a Red Admiral sitting still long enough to get a photo, too. They're very elusive and fluttery, so I had to be quick. Not the greatest photo, but I was happy even for this.
Pictured below are two of my problems in the garden. These are both three point bucks who've grown up munching on my garden. I also have a doe and two spotted fawns this year. This photo was taken in the evening from my kitchen window so, again, not such good quality.
The deer will also eat the bird seed from the hopper feeder. I couldn't figure out why the seed would disappear overnight after I'd just filled it, but on the day this photo was taken I had just filled the feeder and it was empty immediately after their visit. Now I only put a scoop at a time in there.
And check out the action below:
Another kitchen window photo. Well, kitties have to drink, too. I've done what I can to keep the feeders out of harm's way, but there's only so much I can do. The birds sound the alarm when one of the neighborhood cats come around, so I always know when they're out there. Only two of them seem to enjoy bird watching (ahem). Feeders or no feeders, cats and birds will do what cats and birds do. I love all the critters so I bear them no ill will, despite how it would hurt my heart should the unthinkable happen.
It would be quite another story if any critter -- four legged, two legged, winged, or slithering -- ever threatened one of my children. No more Mrs. Nice Guy.
That's my sweet LuLu, and she wouldn't harm a fly. Well, maybe a fly...
Have a beautiful day!