I let the dogs out to run around. Sophie took off like a shot and finally came back and dashed into the house to eat her supper. As I was feeding them I noticed a horrible odor down in the shop and couldn't figure out where it was coming from, so I'm walking around sniffing and trying to figure out what stinks so bad and I finally figure out.....it's Sophie! No wonder she was gone so long, it takes a little while to find and roll in enough black, gooey raccoon poop to coat this dog's entire chin and neck! Emergency bath time. Sometimes my dogs are so gross!
Now it's time to enjoy myself on this warm, sunny afternoon by capturing some photographic images of all the butterflies that are still taking advantage of all the blooming flowers and other nectar sources in my yard.
On one of my yellowjacket traps, a very tattered mourning cloak and red admiral take advantage of whatever they can get out of this unusual nectar source.
A little later I found another mourning cloak in a little bit better condition dining at the same nectar source.
There were some sulphurs flying around also and sampling the variety of asters out in the wildflower garden.
Clouded Sulphur - Male
Clouded Sulphur - Female
How about this Painted Lady? They're beautiful with their wings opened....
but I think the back side of their wings are also quite striking.
Here's a Red Admiral (with a little chunk missing out of its bottom wing)
There were also a few monarchs flying around also and I managed to net and tag another wild monarch.
While I was out there I noticed that my American Holly bushes are really loaded with red berries this year. I hope the birds enjoy these berries during the coming winter.
My highbush cranberries look like they're ready to be picked too and since I've got all next week off, that would be a perfect time to try another jelly recipe, don't you think?