At midday on the last Sunday in September 2015, there were still flowers blooming in The Butterfly Garden for the butterflies and the bees.
The flower beds are empty in the garden now. The monarch butterflies are making their way north. The activity was in the woods behind the garden. The bees found the small patch of Virginia bluebells before I did.
Movement on a tree near the bluebells turned out to be a brown creeper. He was the size of a nuthatch and traveled up the tree like one. He blended in well with the tree. His beak was curved. In a flash, he disappeared around the side of the tree. This was my first sighting of him. I might not see him again for a while. This is his winter range.
I heard a king fisher calling and walked to the edge of the cliff overlooking the lake. The king fisher was chased away by swallows before I could take his photograph. When I looked down, a cluster of delicate violet rue-anemone flowers looked back up at me.
September 27, 2015
A monarch butterfly and a red admiral butterfly in The Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.
April 12, 2017
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