Although I miss the very early sunrises of high summer, the lovely soft colours of September mornings before sunrise are marvellous.
This critter is a freshly hatched Snapping Turtle. A nest was dug and eggs were laid this spring at my workplace. It was protected from marauding opportunists until yesterday, when it was opened and hatchlings were discovered. They faced a tough journey to the nearest water – either down a steep 6-7 meter slope, or a gentler but longer 25 meter trip through tall grass and weeds.
We carried several down to the water and released them. It was the least we could do.
No apologies for the out of focus shot. I was more attentive to expeditiously getting it down to the water than on taking a well composed photograph.
We grow a few of many things in our small garden.
Todays’ harvest: jalapenos, ‘ugly’ tomatoes (which are volunteers from last years’ effort), Chocolate Cherry tomatoes, tomatillos (also volunteers), beans, a cayenne pepper, ground cherries. Also growing: rosemary, spearmint and peppermint, basil and Thai basil, sage.
I never tire of watching Turkey Vultures wheel and soar. Such graceful birds.
It was a fantastic morning to be out and about, and to witness this glorious scene.
Fog was so dense one morning, this barn was almost invisible from a mere 100 meters away.
Now I understand why the bird feeder empties so quickly. Chucky Chipmunks’ cheeks are chock full.
The sky was airbrushed with gloriously delicate hues this morning. I was compelled to stop, admire and give thanks, and share with you.
If you look just above and to the right of the centre, there is the fingernail, waning, almost gone, crescent moon.
This morning was very calm. This screen grab from the Detroit Michigan National Weather Service radar shows circles, or rings, at the top centre, just right of centre, bottom centre, and a small, partial one at bottom, right of centre.
The radar picked up – hundreds of thousands? millions? – of birds fanning out from these overnight roosting areas, on the move and looking for food, fattening up for migration.